The Sounders raced out to a 2-0 lead inside the opening 23 minutes before the Red Bulls roared back to level. Seattle struck twice in the final seven minutes to secure a third win in the last four games.
The Sounders (14-9-7, 49 points) moved up to second place in the Western Conference following the victory, while the Red Bulls (12-13-5, 41 points) remained in sixth place in the East, with the gap widening to four points to fourth-place D.C. United following a third consecutive defeat.
In a pivotal match for both teams, the hosts raced in front after two minutes with Jordan Morris directing in a Lodeiro corner kick that was initially headed by Gustav Svensson.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles vehemently argued for a handball on Morris, but the goal stood following video review.
A spectacular diving header by Morris helped set up the Sounders’ second goal as the USMNT winger latched onto a Cristian Roldan cross and Lodeiro tapped in from the edge of the 6-yard box in the 23rd minute.
Sep 15, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (10) dribbles between New York Red Bulls midfielder Cristian Casseres Jr. (23) and midfielder Sean Davis (27) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Bulls failed to put pressure on the initial Roldan cross, the Morris header and Lodeiro was unmarked on the goal.
Four minutes later, Aaron Long pulled the Red Bulls a goal back, rising to reach Michael Amir Murillo’s cross and snapping his header past Stefan Frei from 13 yards out.
The Red Bulls looked shaky to start the second half, with Kaku skying an open shot in the box and a headed pass from Tim Parker back to Robles intercepted by Roldan, whose shot rolled just wide of the far post.
Roldan ran at Long and fired off a shot that took a slight deflection first off the defender before a diving Robles got a hand on it in the 52nd minute.
But then Kaku leveled with a stunning first-time left-footed shot off a feed from Danny Royer in the 67th minute.
Just when it appeared the Red Bulls would nab a road point, a Victor Rodriguez deflected off Sean Davis and past Robles for an 83rd-minute own goal. Lodeiro tacked on a stoppage-time insurance goal upheld following video review.