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 (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)
(Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

Jordan Morris drew a penalty to set up the first goal, scored on a header in the 66th minute to give Seattle the lead, and the Sounders celebrated last year's MLS Cup title with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

More than 45,000 turned out for Seattle's home opener and were rewarded by goals from Clint Dempsey on a penalty kick, Morris' finish off a beautiful buildup and Harry Shipp's redirected goal off Joevin Jones' shot in the 79th minute.

Morris drew the penalty that led to Dempsey's second goal of the season when he was tripped in the box in the 27th minute by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis RoblesBradley Wright-Phillips pulled New York even in the 57th minute with a header off the inside of the far post, but Morris' first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan advances the ball against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan advances the ball against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Seattle Sounders will raise their first MLS Cup flag before Sunday's home opener with the New York Red Bulls at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders claimed the title with a win over Toronto FC in the 2016 championship game.

The Sounders (0-1-1) finished the 2016 season by winning nine of their last 11 MLS home games. They kept six clean sheets on that run.

Will Bruin's late equalizer last week against Montreal snapped a streak of 17 straight regular season appearances without a goal. Bruin has 51 MLS regular-season goals in 180 regular season appearances.

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New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Seattle Sounders during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Seattle Sounders during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Grella scored two goals as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Grella scored the match's opening goal in the 18th minute. Sacha Kljestan's shot rebounded off the post and into the path of Grella, who slotted the ball into an empty net.

The Red Bulls doubled the lead in the 59th minute when Grella latched onto a loose ball and chipped it over Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei's head.

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