And while Federal Way's Lamar Neagle is the obvious story, it strikes me that this might have been about as good a game as Kasey Keller has had as a Sounder.
Seattle moves to 5-4-5, and 20 points. RSL drops to 5-2-2, and stays at 17 points with a bucketful of games in hand on most of the league.
Neagle tells KONG "I had a great open space" before taking game-winning shot." Also: It's part of what we do. We came here to win. We wanted to steal three points away."
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Sounders FC visited Real Salt Lake and won – something no MLS team had done over a run 0f 29 games dating to May 16, 2009.
The Sounders did it by scoring as many goals in 13 minutes as RSL had allowed through the first eight games of its season.
And the goals came from sources you might not have guessed: defender Patrick Ianni, who notched the third goal of his six-season MLS career; and Lamar Neagle of Federal Way, who came off the bench and recorded the first goal of his professional career.
Ianni’s score came on the final touch of a pinball-like goal sequence in the 71st minute. It began when Osvaldo Alonso launched a knuckling shot that RSL keeper Nick Rimando punched across the goal line. That set up a corner kick, which Tyson Wahl sent into the center of the penalty area. Nate Jaqua headed it down, where it deflected off Fredy Montero’s leg and to Ianni, who poked it in from about a yard out.
That ended a 408-minute shutout streak for RSL.
In the 84th minute, Neagle got a more straightforward goal, taking advantage of space in the Salt Lake defense to launch a 20-yard shot that glanced under the crossbar and into the net.
Neagle had been sent onto the pitch in the 18th minute when starting midfielder Alvaro Fernandez went out with a hamstring injury.
Neagle’s strike eventually proved crucial, as Nelson Gonzalez got RSL on the board in the 88th minute.
After that the Sounders survived a series of close calls thanks largely to goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who recorded with five saves.
Salt Lake played the final 32 minutes with a man disadvantage after Jamison Olave was sent off with a straight red card for tackling Michael Fucito just outside the penalty area.
Fucito had started in place of Montero, who came on in the 69th minute.
Seattle moves to 5-4-5 on the season. Salt Lake drops to 5-2-2.
Replay coming up on Root at 10:30 tonight and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Sounders return to league play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Chicago.
Game quotes are in a new post above. Here are the game stats:
Scoring Summary:SEA -- Patrick Ianni (Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua) 72SEA -- Lamar Neagle (Nate Jaqua) 84RSL -- Nelson Gonzalez (Luis Gil) 87
Real Salt Lake - Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell (Nelson Gonzalez 76), Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Jean Alexandre (Chris Wingert 62), Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Andy Williams (Luis Gil 88).
Substitutes Not Used: Arturo Aghasyan, Kyle Reynish, Collen Warner, Chris Schuler.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Nat Borchers 4, Will Johnson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Will Johsnon 2, Jean Alexandre 2); FOULS: 7 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Will Johnson 1, Fabian Espindola 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Andy Williams 4); SAVES: 3 (Nick Rimando)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Erik Friberg (Roger Levesque 81), Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 18), Mike Fucito (Fredy Montero 69), Nate Jaqua.
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Mauro Rosales, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Osvaldo Alonso 4, Lamar Neagle 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Lamar Neagle 2); FOULS: 12 (Tyson Wahl 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Nate Jaqua 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Tyson Wahl 3); SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 5)
Misconduct Summary:RSL -- Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Foul) 28RSL -- Jamison Olave (caution; Ejection) 58RSL -- Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Foul) 65SEA -- James Riley (caution; Timewasting) 81SEA -- Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 90 Referee: Mark KadlecikReferee's Assistants: Rob Fereday; Colin Ablaster4th Official: Yader ReyesAttendance: 14,674Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Cloudy and 57 degrees
Stoppage time: Three minutes. RSL's 29-game home unbeaten streak includes a draw with Sounders earned deep into stoppage time.
87th minute: Goal RSL. Gonzalez beats Ianni in the box and beats Keller. Seattle up 2-1.
84th minute: GOAL Seattle. Neagle turns and fires to underside of crossbar and in. His career-first MLS goal. Sounders goal of the year? Sounders up 2-0, and that RSL home streak appears doomed.
81st minute: Levesque in for Friberg.
79th minute: Goal has changed game, as RSL is swarming. Johnson gets ball in box and fires staight into Keller, who holds it.
71st minute: GOAL Seattle. Up 1-0. Alonso shot saved, but draws corner. Wahl sends it into the box, Jaqua heads it down, touches off of Montero's leg and Patrick Ianni pokes it in.
Sounders 20 minutes away from ending 29 game home unbeating string for RSL.
69th minute: Fredy Montero in for Fucito.
58th minute: Red card to RSL's top defender Jamison Olave for tackling Fucito. Sounders have more than a half hour with one-man advantage.
RSL shifts into 4-4-1. How will Seattle respond?
51th minute: Sounders having fits getting the wet ball out of their end. Keller diving save and then touch of Olave header onto the crossbar had allowed them to dodge bullets so far.
Second half: ... has begun. No lineup changes. What has changed in the crowd. It looks like about half the fans decided not to stick around.
Halftime: Nil-nil. But both teams have had chances.
Seattle leads 4-3 on shots; RSL leads 2-1 on shots on goal. KONG had possession to Salt Lake, 62-38.
Sideline report: Schmid tells KONG he likes the chances his team has gotten.
More interestingly, he implies that he feels Fernandez misled him by downplaying hamstring injury before the game.
First 30 minutes: RSL regaining possession. Most of the past 10 minutes have been on the Sounders defensive end. Part of it may be wind, which is in Sounders' faces this half.
18th minute: Fernandez goes down holding hamstring. Subs out, and Federal Way/Tacoma's Lamar Neagle gets early opportunity.
First 15 minutes: Very nice start by Seattle. Sounders being aggressive on offense and have a solid domination on possession and chances. One of those chances was familiar: Wahl corner to the head of Parke ... who put in on frame but not into the net.
Kickoff: The game has begun. Seattle in green/green; RSL in red/red.
Apparently wet and windy in Utah.
Lineups: The Sounders are going with yet another new lineup today ... and the most notable change is Michael Fucito and Nate Jaqua at the forwards, and no Fredy Montero.
Sigh Schmid seemed to signal that this week after the 1-0 loss to Dallas, although certainly part of this lineup could be due to this being the Sounders' third game in eight days. We'll certainly get a truer read of his real first 11 in Chicago next week, when there's only one game.
The lineup: GK Keller; D Riley, Ianni, parke, Wahl; M Evans, Alonso, Friberg, Fernandez; F Fucito, Jaqua.
Pregame: I'm back from Qwest and international soccer in time to park in front of the TV for MLS soccer: Sounders at Real Salt Lake in another match like Wednesday when any single goal might be the deciding goal.
I'll keep this post open all evening for updates and discussion and then postgame notes and quotes.
Kickoff: 6 p.m., KONG 6/16 and the usual radio outlets.