Sounders beat Atlanta on goals from Ruidiaz, Shipp (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less): While Los Angeles FC runs away with the 2019 Supporters’ Shield, the Seattle Sounders can call themselves the “best of the rest” of MLS… for now, at least. Sunday’s 2-1 victory over defending champions Atlanta United sent Brian Schmetzer’s side (35 points) into second place in the Western Conference as well as the single-table Shield race. LAFC, however, remain 11 points clear. Atlanta, meanwhile, remain third in the Eastern Conference, still six points back of first-place Philadelphia Union. Raul Ruidiaz and Harry Shipp grabbed Seattle’s goals on Sunday, sandwiching a Josef Martinez equalizer, all occurring during a 13-minute explosion of action. The Sounders have now won three of their last four games, while Atlanta have just one win from their last five (three losses).

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Three moments that mattered

58′ β€” Ruidiaz makes magic all by himself β€” There aren’t many players in MLS who could create this chance, let alone maintain their composure to put it away after the slaloming and the flicks.

65′ β€” Josef’s thunderous header levels it up β€” Martinez scores goals in so many different ways, including with his head despite being just 5-foot-6.

71′ β€” Shipp places a header of his own to make it 2-1 β€” While Martinez’s header was powered into the back of the net, Shipp’s was precisely placed off the (intentional) bounce to avoid a sea of outstretched legs.

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Man of the match: Raul Ruidiaz

Goalscorers: Ruidiaz (58′), Martinez (65′), Shipp (71′)