Final: Sounders win 1-0 on Fredy Montero goal in the 85th minute.
Montero had watched the first 76 minutes from the bench, then came on in place of Sanna Nyassi, who had replaced him in the starting lineup. The goal -- shown here -- was a thing of beauty, starting with a nicely aimed floating assist from Brad Evans, who was tireless and dazzling.
Here are the basics from MLSsoccer.com.
The result moves Seattle to 3-3-3 and drops the Red Bulls to 5-3-0. It was New York's first loss at Red Bulls Arena. And for my money, the best Sounders performance of the season.
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There will be a replay at 9 tonight on FSN.
Stoppage time: A full five minutes... fasten your seat belts.
88th minute: Noonan in for Brad Evans -- who deserves a frequent-flier bonus for all the miles he put in today ... plus assisted the lone goal so far.
85th minute: Eight minutes after coming off the bench, Fredy Montero has put Seattle ahead, 1-0. He chested a long pass from Brad Evans down just inside the area, played it off a thigh, fought off a Mike Petke challenge from behind and finished with his left foot inside the near post.
81st minute: Montero goes hard and low at keeper to try to poke ball past. Not quite. Still scoreless.
80th minute: Sturgis, not Ljungberg, takes corner.
77th minute: Fredy Montero in for Nyassi, who had a nice active game.
70th minute: Sounders take great offense at Lindpere dive in the box, and Tyrone Marshall draws a yellow for getting into his face.
69th minute: Gutless non-yellow by referee Silviu Petrescu.
66th minute: Evans' work rate is off the charts. And it seems like Ljungberg has found a gear he hasn't shifted into much this season.
62nd minute: Vagenas walks off, holding his right thigh. Replaced by Nathan Sturgis.
(I just saved an older version of this blog, thereby losing most of this post. No idea how that happened. Sorry. Dang.)
First impressions: Sounders look aggressive early. Although if the keeper is going to open the door, it would be nice to walk through.
Nice to see the Red Bulls' end zone supporters so into it.
Kickoff: Looks like a nice day, and a mediocre crowd.
Sounders in green/green, Red Bulls in white/red.
Lineup: Here's the starting lineup, and coach Sigi Schmid followed through on his promise of changes: most notably -- as we implied in the post below -- no Fredy Montero.
Here's the lineup: G Keller; D Gonzalez, Marshall, Hurtado, Riley; M Ianni, Ljungberg, Vagenas; F Zakuani, Evans, Nyassi.
30 minutes to kickoff: Nice day out there, so I guess I'm opening this post for the true believers eager to see what's going to play out at Red Bulls Arena today as the last-in-the-West Sounders visit the first-in-the-East Red Bulls in the first rematch of the season.
I'll keep this open, before, during and after the game. Next report likely to be the lineups.
Osvaldo Alonso is also missing, but that's due to injury. Montero is available, but benched in favor of Nyassi's speed and work rate.