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Sounders stop Red Bulls one shy of MLS unbeaten record

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Red Bulls entered the match not having lost in their past 18 regular-season matches.

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The Seattle Sounders added another pelt to their wall of broken unbeaten records. Their 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls stopped what was one of the longest streaks in league history, a stretch of 18 unbeaten. The Red Bulls’ last regular-season loss was on July 3, 2016 against New York City FC.

This was the fourth lengthy unbeaten run the Sounders have stopped in the past year alone. The Sounders broke Orlando City’s 17-game home unbeaten streak on Aug. 7, 2016; stopped the LA Galaxy’s 15-game home unbeaten run on Sept. 25, 2016; and handed the Colorado Rapids their first home loss of 2016, ending a streak of 18 unbeaten at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Nov. 27, 2016.

This, though, ranks among the most impressive streaks the Sounders have ended, ranking up there with Real Salt Lake’s 29-game home unbeaten run. RSL’s unbeaten streak was a record at the time, although it has since been eclipsed by the Houston Dynamo who went 30 unbeaten at home.