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Sounders tie MLS record for most goals in a first half

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Sounders put five past the Earthquakes on way to seven-goal outburst.

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The goals came fast and furious for the Seattle Sounders in the first half. By the time the dust had settled, the Sounders went into halftime leading 5-0. The five goals tied a MLS record for most goals scored in the first half — something that has happened only twice before in the league’s 25-year history — but the 33 minutes it took them to do it was the fastest it had ever happened.

Along the way, the Sounders set several club records. In addition to scoring five goals in any half for the first-time ever, the Sounders also got to three goals (16 minutes) and four goals (19 minutes) faster than they ever had before.

Raúl Ruidíaz led the first-half onslaught with two goals and two assists, while Joevin Jones added a goal and two assists. Jordan Morris and Kelvin Leerdam also scored goals. Jones added a second and João Paulo scored his first MLS goal to finish out the scoring in the second half.

Morris’ was probably the most impressive of the first-half goals, as he collected a ball at midfield, dribbled all the way into the box and then beat Daniel Vega with his left foot.

Still, Morris likely went into halftime feeling like he left a goal or two on the table. In the 38th minute, he had a 1v1 breakaway that was stopped by Vega and then he had a point-blank header saved on the ensuing corner.

The Sounders would add two second-half goals to finish out a 7-1 win, setting franchise records for both goals scored and margin of victory.