Seattle salvaged a point at home, while Wayne Rooney delivered three for D.C. United and Montreal pulled away late in New England to headline midweek MLS action.

By Associated Press
April 25, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) – Harry Shipp's goal in Seattle's last game wasn't enough to get the Sounders any points.

On Wednesday night, his goal was good enough.

Kelvin Leerdam and Shipp scored in a two-minute span midway through the second half as Seattle rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-2.

The Sounders (5-1-2) were routed 4-1 at Los Angeles FC on Sunday for their first loss of the season.

''For me personally, tonight was a little bit different role,'' said Shipp, who subbed on in the 55th minute. ''The first four or five times I came off the bench, we were winning, so it was more about protecting the lead and playing smart and trying to finish off the game. Tonight, it was a little bit different, coming in down 2-0 and trying to make a difference and provide a spark and get in a dangerous spot.''

The Sounders got on the board in the 65th minute. Nicolas Lodeiro sent a corner kick from the left side into the penalty area. Kim Kee-hee flicked it toward the center of the box, and Leerdam's diving header went into the back right side for his third goal of the year.

Shipp tied it less than two minutes later. Lodeiro received a throw-in on the left side and passed it across the box. Shipp, playing 12 yards in front of the net, settled it and threaded a shot around two players and into the back right corner for his second of the season.

''I was lucky that I was able to get a goal and get us back in the game,'' Shipp said.

Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer was disappointed not to pick up all three points, as the Sounders created numerous chances to get more. Two of those came in the 73rd minute when a header by Handwalla Bwana was saved by Earthquakes keeper Daniel Vega at the right post, and a follow-up try by Kim Kee-hee was saved in the goalmouth.

''Once we got things steamrolling, I thought we put enough pressure on them to get the third goal,'' Schmetzer said. ''The effort out of that group tonight was very, very good. We go down 2-0, and guys were tired out there. So to be able to persevere and score two goals - two very good goals - we had a chance to win the game, and that's all I can ask of this team.''

Shea Salinas scored in the 34th and 53rd minute for San Jose (2-5-1), which now has a result in three of its last four games after a 0-4 start.

''I feel we performed well,'' Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda said. ''They're really putting their souls in there, which is what I ask of them. Surely, playing this way, we'll have more of a chance of winning than things going badly. We're inside of a project and transcending a new path with a style of play we're looking for and are now finding.''

Magnus Eriksson set up Salinas' first goal. Playing on the attacking right side, Eriksson sent the ball across the field to Salinas. He deked around Sounders defender Leerdam and took the ball deep into the penalty area, toward the 6-yard box. Salinas sent a shot across the goalmouth, which Sounders keeper Stefan Frei stretched for with his left hand, but could only deflect into the right side of the net.

The second goal came after an initial shot by Jackson Yueill bounced off the crossbar. Cristian Espinoza, playing on the right side, sent the ball across the goalmouth. It was just beyond the reach of Yueill, but it landed at the foot of Salinas for a 6-yard shot into the wide-open net.

Seattle's club-record seven-game home winning streak, which started last September, came to an end. But the Sounders did extend their unbeaten streak against San Jose to eight games (4-0-4).

Elsewhere in MLS:


David Bingham had his third shutout of the season for Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Galaxy played Minnesota United to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (6-1-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped - the club's longest winning streak since 2014. Minnesota (3-3-2) entered tied with Los Angeles FC atop the league with four games this season scoring three or more goals.

Los Angeles star Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed a cross just wide in the 24th minute, and Bingham came out of his area to deny Angelo Rodriguez's breakaway attempt in the 60th. Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone made four saves.

It was the second meeting of the season between the teams, with the Galaxy winning 3-2 on March 16.


Shamit Shome and Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored six minutes apart late in the second half and the Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution 3-0 on Wednesday night

Montreal (4-3-2) ended a three-match scoreless stretch on the road. New England (2-6-1) has lost three of its last five games.

Shome opened the scoring in the 79th minute by knocking home a rebound after goalkeeper Cody Cropper lost control of Daniel Lovitz's free kick.

Jackson-Hamel redirected Lovitz's cross 14 minutes after entering as a second-half substitute for his first goal of the season.

In second-half stoppage time, Jackson-Hamel cut back his defender on a breakaway and rolled it through his legs for a goal inside the far post.

Cropper denied Maximiliano Urruti's free kick in the 42nd minute for his fifth save in the first half. Cropper finished with six saves.


Valentin Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to help New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Wednesday night.

New York City (2-1-5) won its second straight game after opening the season with a six-match winless streak. Chicago (2-3-3) had its four-game unbeaten stretch come to an end. It has never won at Yankee Stadium.

Heber dribbled it along the left sideline on a counter attack and sent a cross in front of the goal for a sliding finish by Castellanos. Last week, Heber made his first MLS start, and had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 victory over D.C. United.

Chicago goalkeeper David Ousted got a hand on Maximiliano Moralez's breakaway shot in the 58th minute to deflect it off the crossbar, and denied a penalty-kick attempt in second-half stoppage time. Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic was ejected in the 79th minute.

New York City had its third shutout in four home games this season.


Wayne Rooney scored in the 27th minute, Bill Hamid had his fifth shutout of the season and D.C. United beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday night.

D.C. United (5-2-2) ended an 11-game winless stretch at Columbus, getting its first victory since August 18, 2007. Columbus (4-4-1) has lost three straight.

Rooney sent a free kick from just outside the box through a gap in the wall for his fifth goal of the season. It was his fourth set-piece goal in his brief MLS career.

Hamid made a kick-save of Justin Meram's close-range shot from a difficult angle in the 54th minute, and Columbus veteran Federico Higuain had a free-kick attempt sail over the crossbar in the 56th.

D.C. United had its third road victory of the season, after just one last year, to stay in first place in the Eastern Conference.

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