[caption id="attachment_14726" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Pregame at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara University"] [/caption]Sounders FC played its game tonight at San Jose without franchise leading scorer Fredy Montero, who didn’t travel after undergoing wrist surgery on Thursday. In his place, coach Sigi Schmid moved midfielder Mauro Rosales up top alongside O'Brian White.
Each player contributed to Seattle’s two goals as the Sounders (0-2-2) and Earthquakes (1-1-1) played to a free-flowing draw before a crowd of 10,276 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Seattle moved ahead in the ninth minute, as Rosales made a strong move into the penalty area and crossed a low pass in front of the goal, where Brad Evans banged it in from about two yards.
San Jose pulled even in the 33rd minute, as Simon Dawkins made a curling run into the area, took a Bobby Convey pass and beat Kasey Keller to the far post. It was Dawkins’ first MLS goal, and it broke an MLS-record streak of 12 consecutive San Jose goals provided by Chris Wondolowski.
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In the 42nd minute, as Steve Zakuani juked past defender Chris Leitch and launched a pass in front of the goal, where White’s diving header put Seattle back ahead, 2-1.
Leitch was the only Quake subbed out for the second half, and his replacement – Khari Stephenson – evened the game at 2 in the 52nd minute, taking advantage of space in the Seattle defense to wind up and sizzle on to the top, far post past the diving Keller.
The game became less fluid and more physical through its final minutes. And though each team had additional chances, the score stuck.
Montero is expected to be available to return Saturday when Seattle returns to action versus Chicago at Qwest Field.
Here are the stats:
SEA -- Brad Evans 1 (Mauro Rosales 1, Erik Friberg 1) 17SJ -- Simon Dawkins 1 (Ryan Johnson 1, Bobby Convey 1) 32SEA -- O'Brian White 1 (Steve Zakuani 1, Osvaldo Alonso 1) 42SJ -- Khari Stephenson 1 (unassisted) 52
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Erik Friberg (Alvaro Fernandez 46), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales (David Estrada 83), Steve Zakuani, O'Brian White (Nate Jaqua 66).
Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (O'Brian White 3, Steve Zakuani 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 12 (Patrick Ianni 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Mauro Rosales 6); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)
San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch (Ike Opara 70), Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales, Sam Cronin, Simon Dawkins (Scott Sealy 85), Chris Wondolowski, Joey Gjertsen (Khari Stephenson 46), Ryan Johnson, Bobby Convey.
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Burling, Ellis McLoughlin, Brad Ring, Andrew Weber.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Simon Dawkins 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (5 tied with 1); FOULS: 4 (4 tied with 1); OFFSIDES: 3 (Ryan Johnson 2); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Bobby Convey 7); SAVES: 2 (Jon Busch 2)
Misconduct Summary:SJ -- Chris Leitch (caution; Reckless Tackle) 6SEA -- Nate Jaqua (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 71SEA -- Leo Gonzalez (caution; Delaying a Restart) 80 Referee: Edvin JurisevicReferee's Assistants: -Rob Fereday; Colin Arblaster4th Official: Niko Bratsis
Attendance: 10,276Time of Game: 1:53Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-68-degrees Attendance: 10,276. ... with a continued great showing by Sounders supporters.
52nd minute: Halftime sub Khari Stephenson sizzles a 30-yarder into the top wide corner past diving Keller, who might have gotten a hand on it. Even at 2.
Second half: Has begun. One Sounders change, Fernandez for Friberg. For San Jose, Stepenson for Gjertsen (who Zakuani tortured on the last goal).
Halftime: Kasey Keller preserves Seattle's 2-1 lead with a brilliant save, facing down Joey Gjertsen one-on-one in the box seconds before the whistle.
Shots, 9-6 Seattle; shots on goal, 4-3 Seatte.
Terrific game, and there's no indication that even two goals will be enough.
42nd minute: O'Brian White header puts Seattle up 2-1. Comes after wonderful move into box and cross by Steve Zakuani.
33rd minute: Simon Dawkins takes Bobby Convey pass in box and beat Keller to the wide pole. Even at 1-1. It's Dawkins first MLS goal, and it ends a streak of 12 straight Quakes goals from Wondolowski.
17th minute: Sounders, 1-0. Rosales carries into box, rolls to middle and Evans bangs it home from about two yards.
Kickoff: The game has begun. Sounders in green/green; Quakes in black/black.
Just before kickoff, there was a brief ceremony with between respective supporters groups acknowledging this as the start of the 2011 Heritage Cup competition.
Lineups: We've just gotten the lineups, and it appears Fredy Montero (wrist) did not travel. Here's what Sigi's going with: GK, Kasey Keller; D James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez; M Erik Friberg Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani; F Mauro Rosales; O’Brian White.
Reserves: Terry Boss, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Alvaro Fernandez, Servando Carrasco, David Estrada, Nate Jaqua.
San Jose starters: 18 – Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Ramiro Corrales, Brandon McDonald, Jason Hernandez, Sam Cronin, Chris Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins, Bobby Convey, Joey Gjertsen, Ryan Johnson. And reserves: Andrew Weber, Bobby Burling, Brad Ring, Ike Opara, Stephenson, Ellis McLoughlin, Scott Sealy.
Pregame: It's another beautiful day in the Bay Area, as the Sounders and Earthquakes will kick off at 7:30 and on KING-5.
We'll keep this post open for pregame and postgame information, and -- we hope of course -- as many comments as you care to share. And while I will continue to add in-game updates at halftime and after and for goals and other major events, I think we might be shifting some of the in-game stuff over to Twitter, which just lends itself to running reports a little better than this.