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.

Houston Dynamo forward Arturo Alvarez, left, drives past Seattle Sounders midfielder Victor Rodriguez, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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.

Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis, second from right, watches as Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan, second from left, and Houston Dynamo midfielder Eric Alexander (6) battle for a header in front of the goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The first of Rodriguez’s goal 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.

Seattle Sounders forward Will Bruin, second from left, and midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, left, celebrate as fire effects go off after Bruin scored a goal against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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 Ligz 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 seven goal of the season in the 18th minute.

A Seattle Sounders supporter holds a scarf as he stands in the rain before an MLS soccer match against the Houston Dynamo, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Roldan made it 2-0 in the 34th minute.

DaMarcus Beasey scored in the 87th minute for Houston, his first of the year.

Source: The Associated Press

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