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Sounders welcome fans back, thump Minnesota United 4-0

Stefan Frei starts the season with a clean sheet
Credit: AP
Seattle Sounders midfielder Joao Paulo (6) celebrates with forward Raul Ruidiaz (9) and midfielder Josh Atencio, right, after Paulo scored a goal against Minnesota United during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — João Paulo scored a goal of the season candidate early in the second half, Raul Ruidiaz added two goals three minutes apart, and the Seattle Sounders welcomed fans back to its home stadium with a 4-0 win over Minnesota United. 

The start to the 2021 season for the reigning Western Conference champions was a rousing celebration welcoming fans back to Lumen Field for the first time in 13 months with a foursome of masterful goals in a game that was otherwise choppy and at times sloppy. 

Fredy Montero added the fourth goal for Seattle in his first match for the Sounders since the 2012 season.