SEATTLE – Victor Rodriguez scored two goals in the second half as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Monday night.
Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan added first-half goals for Seattle, which moved closer to an MLS playoff spot with the win.
The Sounders (15-11-5) are trying for their 10th straight postseason berth. The loss eliminated Houston (9-14-8) from playoff contention.
With Seattle leading 2-0, Rodriguez doubled the lead with two goals in a nine-minute span.
The first of Rodriguez’s goals came in the 64th minute. Kelvin Leerdam, playing to the right of the penalty area, passed the ball into the middle of the box and Rodriguez buried a shot in the back left corner from about 8 yards out.
He scored again in the 73rd minute when he found space between two Dynamo defenders and again scored from 8 yards in front. He has four goals this season.
Bruin, whose playing time has diminished since the midseason signing of Liga MX star Raul Ruidiaz, got the start on Monday with Ruidiaz having been called up to the Peruvian national team for an upcoming pair of international friendlies. He made the most of it, scoring his seventh goal of the season in the 18th minute.
Roldan made it 2-0 in the 34th minute.
DaMarcus Beasley scored in the 87th minute for Houston, his first goal of the season.
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