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D.C. United came to Seattle in a similar shape, beaten up, and dwelling at the bottom of the table desperately needing to win. But luckily heroics from Nico Lodeiro and Magnus Wolff Eikremwould win the day for the Sounders as they topped United 2-1. The win puts the Sounders at 3-7-2 and in 10th place on the long road back to playoff contention.
In the 53rd minute, D.C. would jump on top when a close ranged shot from Darren Mattocks would put D.C. Up 1-0. The Sounders would strike back as Nico would hit a left-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the net to tie the game.
“I’ll have to look at the tape and see exactly how we gave up that goal,” Schmetzer said. “But it certainly was deflating. And for the team to respond the way it did is certainly testament to not only Nico’s brilliant left foot, but also his commitment to try and help the team progress.”
Things looked headed towards a tie until the 83rd minute when Magnus would get a feed from Cristian Roldan on a cross, the pass would find Magnus who headed the ball in from the center of the box.
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Nico’s efforts would come in a season where he learned that he would not be selected for the World Cup.
“Obviously, I would have preferred — my peers, my colleagues would have preferred — for me to be in the World Cup,” Lodeiro, who arrived back here Thursday from Uruguay, said through an interpreter. “But what happened, happened. Now, I have to compose myself and recover and be here with my team.”