Kasey Keller had one odd game: zero saves, one assist.
And that assist marked the first time any goalkeeper has figured in a Sounders goal.
“My last one was actually in a friendly against Germany, so it was nice to get another one,” Keller said. “It’s been a while.”
However, the real offensive stars were the goal-scorers: Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez.
By figuring in both goals, Montero continued a sizzling streak that resulted in him being voted MLS player of the month for July.
He has now tallied a goal or an assist – or both – in nine consecutive matches, the longest steak in the league. He has been involved in all eight of the Sounders’ goals over this winning streak.
“Right now, we’re seeing a very good Fredy Montero,” Schmid said. “He’s probably, if not the best forward in the league right now, as good as any forward in the league. Obviously, Edson Buddle has been banging away goals all season for the (Los Angeles) Galaxy, but right now Fredy has found a rich vein of form.”
“Fredy is on fire,” Keller said. “He’s working extremely hard. He is doing some great stuff. If he keeps up in that form, he can very easily become leading goal scorer. What I like so much about his game right now is that he has got a ton of assists, as well. He is really turning into a complete player, and I’m proud of him.”
When the final whistle sounded, Seattle wrapped up its fourth straight win and pulled its record back even at 8-8-4. Seattle stands in a fifth-place tie in a league where the top eight finishers qualify for the playoffs.
“It’s something that we’ve been talking about: We wanted to get to .500,” Schmid said. “And also we’ve been talking about making our home games our home games again and making sure that we win them here. I thought this was a good result, especially against Houston, which (plays) very physical.”
The Sounders return to action at 8 p.m. Saturday, visiting Chivas USA, currently in last place in the Western Division.
Scoring Summary: SEA -- Fredy Montero 8 (Kasey Keller 1) 64SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 1 (Fredy Montero 9, Nate Jaqua 1) 88
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Eddie Robinson, Bobby Boswell, Andrew Hainault, Mike Chabala, Corey Ashe (Brian Mullan 58), Danny Cruz (Dominic Oduro 76), Richard Mulrooney, Brad Davis (Geoff Cameron 58), Joseph Ngwenya, Brian Ching.
Substitutes Not Used: Francisco Navas Cobo, Anthony Obodai, Cam Weaver, Tyler Deric.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (6 tied with 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 13 (Brad Davis 3, Joseph Ngwenya 3); OFFSIDES: 6 (Danny Cruz 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Richard Mulrooney 3); SAVES: 7 (Tally Hall 7)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Sanna Nyassi (Mike Seamon 85), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis, Steve Zakuani (Alvaro Fernandez 69), Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo (Nate Jaqua 87).
Substitutes Not Used: Roger Levesque, Tyrone Marshall, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Osvaldo Alonso 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Osvaldo Alonso 2, Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 13 (Nathan Sturgis 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Sanna Nyassi 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Nathan Sturgis 7); SAVES: 0Misconduct Summary:SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 28SEA -- James Riley (caution; Reckless Foul) 32SEA -- Blaise Nkufo (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 50HOU -- Brian Mullan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 59HOU -- Mike Chabala (caution; Reckless Foul) 59SEA -- Nathan Sturgis (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 70Referee: Michael KennedyReferee's Assistants: -Chris Strickland; Jeff Hosking4th Official: Alejandro MariscalAttendance: 36,111Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-67-degrees
88th minute: Alvaro Fernandez puts Seattle up, 2-0, scoring in wide open spaces as the Dynamo was pushing up. Montero and Jaqua get assists.
87th minute: Nkufo out, Jaqua in. Seamon also comes on earlier for Nyassi.
69th minute: Alvaro Fernandez in for Zakuani.
64th minute: Seattle scores. Keller whacks about the longest punt I've seen him hit this season. Montero gathered it, turned on Houston defender Eddie Robinson and struck it home, with Hall finally unable to stop this one.
It was the first goalkeeper assist in Sounders history.
61st minute: Alonso runs onto a loose ball and rips it on goal from 30 yards, but Hall is handling everything so far.
57th minute: Apparent Houston goal waved off due to offsides.
Houston subs in Mullan and Cameron for Ashe and Davis. (And an almost-instant yellow to Mullan.)
46th minute: Another big chance again for Sounders as Montero played one to Zakuani in wide-open spaces, and Hall handled the one-on-one shot.
Second half: The final 45 minutes has begun.
Halftime: The whistle has blown. No score. Sounders have had the better chances.
Seattle took five shots, putting three on goal. Houston took two, neither on goal. Both teams took five corners.
Blue Angles are in the house after the SeaFair performances. They got a nice hand form the crowd here.
44th minute: The teams are challenging a lot from behind, and referee Michael Kennedy is blowing his whistle only some of the time. That could end up being a bad combination.
32nd minute: Yellows to Nyassi and Riley over the past couple of minutes.
Corners: Great as Toronto fans are, I've never been crazy about their tradition of throwing streamers during corner kicks. Unfortunately tonight a couple of guys in the southwest corner have decided to try to bring the tradition south of the border. There's not really enough of them to make a differences, but, sigh.
However, the fact that I'm writing about this also is indication that this remains a game in search of a flow. Montero, however, has put a couple of nice shots on goal.
10th minute: Pretty aimless start, although Nyassi is finding some space down the right side.
Kickoff: The game has begun. Houston in white/orange; Sounders in rave/blue.
[caption id="attachment_9052" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Clouds over Qwest Field two hours before kickoff"] [/caption]Lineups: For Seattle: GK, Keller; D Riley, Ianni, Parke, Gonzalez; M Nyassi, Alonso, Sturgis, Zakuani; F Montero, Nkufo. Reserves: Boss, Fernandez, Jaqua, Levesque, Marshall, Scott, Seamon.
For Houston: GK, Hall; D Robinson, Boswell, Hainault, Chabala; M Ashe, Cruz, Mulrooney, Davis; F Ngwenya, Ching. Reserves: Cameron, Mullan, Cobo, Obodai, Oduro, Weaver.
Two hours to kickoff: Seattle caught no break today as Dallas picked up three points against Philadelphia. New York and Chicago are going now (ESPN2).
As for this game, there are some theatening clouds over Qwest Field -- this is August, right? what we paid all those dues in February for? -- but no rain yet.
As usual, we'll keep the blog open for pregame news, in-game reports, postgame notes and quotes, and your comments all the way through.