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2017 Major League Soccer, Regular Season

Sounders and Atlanta United battle to goalless draw

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Seattle Sounders 0-0 Atlanta United (1:09)

Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United shared the spoils in a back-and-forth match that couldn't produce a goal. (1:09)

Playing with two defenders who hadn't seen a minute of action this season, the Seattle Sounders held high-scoring Atlanta United without a goal for the first time in a 0-0 draw on Friday night.

The Sounders already had Jordy Delem in the lineup for his first-ever MLS game when they scratched center-back stalwart Chad Marshall just a few minutes before kickoff because of an illness. He was replaced by Tony Alfaro.

Atlanta came in with 11 goals over its first three games, just one behind league-leading Portland.

The Sounders, who have a 10-game regular-season home unbeaten streak dating to July 9, nearly took the lead in the eighth minute when Cristian Roldan ran onto a cross from Jordan Morris but sent it just wide of the left post from inside the six-yard box.

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei came up big in the 12th minute when he went down and stripped the ball off the left foot of Hector Villalba at the top left corner of the penalty area.

In the 58th minute, Seattle star Clint Dempsey had a header from six yards in front that bounced off the crossbar.

And Frei preserved the clean sheet with three minutes to play when he dived to stop a 22-yard shot from Atlanta's Miguel Almiron.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Toronto FC 34 +37 69
2 New York City FC 34 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 -8 45
8 Philadelphia Union 34 +3 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -6 39
10 Orlando City SC 34 -19 39
11 DC United 34 -29 32

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portland Timbers 34 +10 53
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +13 53
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 +1 52
4 Houston Dynamo 34 +12 50
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 +11 49
6 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -21 46
7 FC Dallas 34 0 46
8 Real Salt Lake 34 -6 45
9 Minnesota United FC 34 -23 36
10 Colorado Rapids 34 -20 33
11 LA Galaxy 34 -22 32

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