Until the eruption, the Sounders had held a one-goal lead and seemed on their way to extending what had been their franchise-best seven game unbeaten string.
Instead, Seattle lost for the first time since July 4 and fell to 9-9-5 on the season. The result also ended a three-game losing streak for New England.
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Alvaro Fernandez was credited with his first assist and Riley with his fourth. … Riley played his first three professional seasons in New England. … Michael Seamon started for the third time and took three first-half shots, putting one on goal. It was his first start since July 15 at D.C. United. … The Revolution took more shots, 16-12, and put more on goal, 9-3. … Mike Fucito who grew up about 50 miles from Foxborough and played at Harvard, entered the match in the 82nd minute. It marked his first action since suffering an injury on April 17. … Seattle midfielder David Estrada was taken off the disabled list Saturday and was available. ... Seattle returns to league play Thursday, when defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake visits Qwest Field.
SEA - Zakuani (Riley, Fernandez) 59NE - Tierney (Joseph, Alston) 70NE - Perovic 73NE - Dube (Stolica, Perovic) 81
New England Revolution - Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Emmanuel Osei, Darrius Barnes, Seth Sinovic, Kheli Dube, Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph, Chris Tierney, Ilija Stolica (Zack Schilawski 82), Marko Perovic.
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Tim Murray, Khano Smith, Nico Colaluca, Edgaras Jankauskas, Roberto Linck.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 2.
Seattle Sounders FC - Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez (Nate Jaqua 73), Osvaldo Alonso, Mike Seamon (Mike Fucito 82), Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Roger Levesque.
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 6.Misconduct Summary: SEA - Fredy Montero (caution; Reckless Tackle) 66NE - Marko Perovic (caution; Reckless Tackle) 85
Referee: Silviu PetrescuReferee's Assistants: -Corey E. Rockwell; Gregory Barkey4th Official: Landis WileyAttendance: 13,124Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Clear and 73 degrees
81st minute: Sounders utter defensive collapse continues as Leo Gonzalez botches a clearance and Kheli Dube scores from 8 yards. Revs up, 3-1, and Seattle's unbeaten string looks broken.
73rd minute: Sounders defense allows a ball to bounce through and Marko Perovic takes advantage of the slumber to score.
70th minute: New England equalizes on a goal you could almost sense coming. The game turned rough, play lingered on the Seattle end, and finally a long throw-in to Joseph in the middle of the penalty area was flicked on to Chris Tiearny, who headed down and across pass Keller
59th minute: Sounders move ahead 1-0 on a well-worked sequence, including a nice little give-and-go from Riley to Montero and back to Riley. When Riley got near the end line he rolled a pass to Zakuani in the box. Zakuani took one touch to buy space and then scored to the far post.
Second half: Has begun...
Halftime: Scoreless and relatively uneventful, probably with the better chances to the home team.
Kickoff: They're under way: Sounders in green/green, Revs in blue/blue.
One instant impression: They're not as good at Gillette at getting those NFL numbers and stripes off the turf.
Lineup: The Sounders have announced their starting lineup and the most interesting news if Roger Levesque at forward, rather than Nkufo, who apparently didn't travel, and Nate Jaqua, who scored two goals in the Open Cup win Wednesday.
Here's the lineup: GK Keller; D Gonzalez, Parke, Ianni, Riley; M Zakuani, Seamon, Alonso, Fernandez; F Levesque, Montero. Nate Sturgis is out with an ankle injury suffered Wednesday.
Estrada off injured list: This just in from the club:
The Seattle Sounders FC announced today midfielder David Estrada has been removed from the club's Disabled List, making him eligible for tonight's match against the New England Revolution. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. PT. Estrada, 22, was placed on the Disabled List on July 15. He has appeared in three Major League Soccer games, including one start at FC Dallas. He also saw action in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal and CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Seattle selected Estrada with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Pregame:Sounders are back in league action at New England, with what seems to be a chance to take what could be a precious three points on the road, as the Revs have lost three straight and also played a midweek game.
Kickoff is 4:30 on KONG... yes, across from Huskies and Cougs.
I'll keep this blog post open for pregame, in-game and postgame information and comments.