The Seattle Sounders ended their historic winning streak with a historic defeat Sunday at New England.
The Sounders’ club-record five-game winning streak ended with a club-record 5-0 loss at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Revolution clustered all of their goals over a 32-minute span to create the largest margin of victory ever against the Sounders. Those five goals allowed and four goals allowed in the first half both tied Seattle records. The defeat also ended the Sounders’ six-game unbeaten streak, along with their season-opening unbeaten (3-0-1) run on the road.
“It was just one of those days,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “… We threw too many people forward, left ourselves exposed for the counter. I thought they did a good job of countering today. They executed well when they got forward; and it’s just a game that we’ve got to forget about.”
The Sounders actually had the better chances through the opening minutes.
But in the 14th minute, Patrick Mullins put the Revolution on the board. Other goals quickly followed: Diego Fagundez in the 29th minute, Teal Bunbury in the 36th, Fagundez again in the 41st.
“I knew (Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin) would to up a lot, and I knew there was going to be space,” Fagundez said. “I took advantage of that, and they got punished for it.”
Any halftime hopes the Sounders held for turning things around were quashed less than a minute into the second half when a ball sent into the box by Bunbury banged off the chest of Sounders defender Chad Marshall and went into the Seattle net.
Despite the defeat, Seattle (7-3-1) remains atop the MLS standings, while New England (5-3-2) drew even with Sporting Kansas City for the Eastern Conference lead.
The Sounders have scored the most goals in MLS (22), but are tied for the most allowed (19).