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MLS-leading Sounders beat LAFC 2-0 to improve to 5-0-1

4th straight win for the Sounders
Credit: AP
Seattle Sounders defender Xavier Arreaga celebrates after scoring a goal against Los Angeles FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Seattle. The goal was Arreaga's first career MLS goal. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Xavier Arreaga and Brad Smith scored second-half goals and the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders beat Los Angeles FC 2-0 on Sunday night. 

Arreaga opened the scoring in the 57th minute, redirecting João Paulo’s corner with a header inside the right post. It was Arreaga’s first career goal with the Sounders (5-0-1). 

Carlos Vela, the 2019 MLS MVP, made his second appearance of the season, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute and giving the LAFC (1-2-2) side a potential boost for a tying goal.  But Smith made it 2-0 for Seattle three minutes later, heading home Alex Roldan’s cross. Smith was off target on the best scoring opportunity of the first half, spraying a wide-open shot left of the goal from 12 yards out.

Sounders keeper Stefan Cleveland, replacing the injured Stefan Frei, stopped all three shots on goal for a clean sheet.