Fredy Montero struck twice in two minutes as the Seattle Sounders overcame FC Dallas 2-0 in MLS on Wednesday.
The Columbian forward fired a powerful shot past Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman on 68 minutes before doubling Seattle’s lead soon after with a diving header.
Dallas were without the services of leading goal scorer Blas Perez and midfielder Daniel Hernandez, who were both suspended, and remain winless in their past five outings.
The Sounders on the other hand have made their best start to an MLS season with the win at FC Dallas Stadium their fifth straight.
In other matches, resolute defending on the back of an early Kenny Cooper goal saw the New York Red Bulls edge out Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Red Bull Arena.
The win was New York’s third consecutive and second without injured star Thierry Henry, who missed again with a hamstring complaint.
Cooper capitalised on a defensive error to score his eighth goal of the season after seven minutes.
The Dynamo are winless in their last five starts but return to Houston to host DC United on Saturday after playing their first seven games of the season on the road.
The Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake played out an uneventful 0-0 draw at Toyota Park.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Kyle Reynish stepped up in the absence of injured shot stopper Nick Rimando but had few saves to make as both sides showcased their defensive abilities.
The result moves the Fire to fourth on the Eastern Conference table while Real Salt Lake remain atop of the Western Conference standings.
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