SEATTLE (AP) — Frank Lampard scored a disputed goal late in the first half, Ronald Matarrita added an insurance tally in the 87th minute and New York City FC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday.
In the 38th minute, a corner kick by New York’s Andrea Pirlo was cleared away from the net, but not out of the penalty area. NYC defender R.J. Allen lofted it back toward the 6-yard box. Lampard, standing a yard inside of it and, with Seattle’s Tyrone Mears tight on him, chested it hard to the ground. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei swiped at it with his left hand, but could not keep it out of the net.
Frei and Mears immediately gestured that the ball went off of Lampard’s arm. Referee Alan Kelly initially signaled it was a goal, then had an extended conversation with linesman Mike Rottersman. Finally, Kelly pointed toward midfield, making it official that the call would stand.
Lampard has two goals this season, one in each of the past two games. Matarrita’s goal was his first.
New York City (6-5-6) won its second straight after a four-game winless streak.
The Sounders (5-9-1) dropped their second in a row and fifth in the last six games. They have been shut out in four of those.
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