The first MLS game at Avaya Stadium in six weeks went the way of the visiting team, as the Seattle Sounders got a goal from recently signed striker Raul Ruidiaz and held on for a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
An evenly-played first half gave way to a stronger second half for the Sounders, who are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Ruidiaz, the Peruvian striker not far removed from playing in the World Cup, made his first start in two appearances for Seattle and scored off a pass from Cristian Roldan in the 62nd minute. The Quakes lost their third straight match as part of an 11-game winless streak.
Stefan Frei made five saves as San Jose got their shots late, but couldn't find an equalizer.
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MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: Wherever Ruidiaz goes, be it Russia, Seattle or the Bay Area, Peruvian fans follow. Upon scoring, he found a fan with a flag of his nation and basked in its glory. On his birthday, no less.