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Sounders vs. Loyola Marymount, recap: Heading home with a win

Sounders close out Southern California portion of training by beating college team.

The Seattle Sounders closed out the Southern California portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount University on Tuesday. Although the Sounders dominated possession — as you’d probably expect them to — the scoreline was not quite as convincing as they’d probably have liked, especially after needing to come from behind to do it. The goals came from Raúl Ruidíaz, Jordy Delem and Handwalla Bwana.

The starting lineup was a very mixed bunch with Ruidíaz, Kelvin Leerdam and maybe Joevin Jones the only players who are likely to be starting games at those positions when the team is at full strength.

Things started well enough, though, and Ruidíaz opened scoring in the 14th minute off a feed from Shandon Hopeau.

After a couple other good chances from the Sounders, LMU was able to equalize in the 23rd minute off a corner kick.

The Sounders kept the same group on for the second 30-minute period. LMU stormed ahead in the 43rd minute on a long-distance shot.

Delem pulled the Sounders even 10 minutes later, putting away a feed from Danny Leyva.

The third period started with a full line change for the Sounders.

The Sounders seemed to take control in this period with several chances coming close, including a go-ahead goal called offside.

The same group apparently came out for the final 15-minute period with the game-winner coming in the 98th minute when Bwana made up for his earlier mistake.

The Sounders will now head back to the Seattle area and are scheduled to resume training at Starfire from Feb. 1-5.

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