Sounders come from behind to win it 2-1.
Here's Sigi Schmid's overview:
"Like we said on Thursday, we’re finding different ways to win games. Today we had to come from behind. We went down 1-0, maybe we’re not attentive enough early in the game – a little bit of a mental breakdown and they scored. But we showed good character. Tyson Wahl getting his first-ever MLS goal on a great free kick. And then us picking up the second goal on a good combination between Mauro, Roger and Alvaro. We knew the game in the second half that they would become more and more direct, that there would be more duels in the air, so we told our guys to be prepared for that. I thought we did OK. It wasn’t going to be artistic, but we did what we needed to do. The post helped us out at the right time. But early in the season the breaks didn’t go our way. Over the course of a season it evens out."
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Seattle is now 4-0-2 over its last six games. And that sizzling streak moves them to 8-4-7 on the season 31 points -- and suddenly into the Supporters Shield race.
Entertaining game. Beautiful day. Great crowd.
New England falls to 3-8-6.
Scoring Summary: NE -- Sainey Nyassi 1 (Benny Feilhaber 2) 3SEA -- Tyson Wahl 1 (unassisted) 34SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 4 (Roger Levesque 2, Mauro Rosales 4) 40
New England Revolution-- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane (Zack Schilawski 81), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 62), Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph, Benny Feilhaber, Ryan Guy (Kenny Mansally 62), Rajko Lekic.
Substitutes Not Used: Franco Coria, Otto Loewy, Bobby Shuttleworth.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Sainey Nyassi 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Sainey Nyassi 2); FOULS: 13 (Ryan Cochrane 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Kenny Mansally 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Benny Feilhaber 5); SAVES: 1 (Matt Reis 1)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke (Patrick Ianni 17), Tyson Wahl, Lamar Neagle, Servando Carrasco, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez (Pat Noonan 69), Mauro Rosales (Nate Jaqua 89), Roger Levesque.
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Fucito, Zach Scott, Michael Tetteh, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Lamar Neagle 2, Tyson Wahl 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1); FOULS: 7 (Servando Carrasco 2, Erik Friberg 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Roger Levesque 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Mauro Rosales 2); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)
I'll add more quotes in a new post above.
69th minute: Pat Noonan in for Fernandez.
Second half: Has begun.
We're told Parke is out with vision problems.
Halftime: Sounders come from behind for 2-1 lead in a really entertaining game.
New England took five shots to Seattle's three. Both teams put two on goal. Corner kicks also even at three.
40th minute: GOAL SOUNDERS. Wonderful sequence as Rosales makes long, sends it into the box to Levesque, who touches it on to Fernandez, who finishes nicely. Seattle takes first lead, 2-1.
34th minute: GOAL SOUNDERS. Tyson Wahl scores on world-class free kick to the upper far corner from just outside the area. Wahl's first career goal. Even now, 1-1.
Third minute: GOAL REVS. The lowest-scoring team in MLS jumps ahead instantly as Sainey Nyassi rolls a shot from the top of the area thru heavy traffic and into the net following a corner. Nightmare start for Sounders in a game where three points is the only positive outcome.
Kickoff: We're under way: Revs in blue/blue, Sounders in green/blue.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Hurtado, Parke, Wahl; M Neagle, Carrasco, Friberg, Fernandez; F Rosales, Levesque. Bench: Boss, Fucito, Ianni, Jaqua, Noonan, Scott, Tetteh.
For New England: GK Reis; D Alston, Cochrane, Soares, Barnes; M Nyassi, Phelan, Joseph, Feilhaber, Guy; F Lekic. Bench: Shuttleworth, Boggs, Coria, Loewy, Mansally, Schilawski.
90 minutes till kickoff: It is an utterly perfect morning at CenturyLink Field, as it looks like Sounders supporters are finally going to get a little payback for all the awful weather they've endured so far this season.
Since there already are a couple of comments below, we'll just evolve this post into the running gameday post with pregame, in-game and postgame news and notes ... and hopefully more of your comments.
Preview: A quick scouting report for an early game ... when nothing but three points could be considered success:
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (3-7-6; 15 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (7-4-7; 28 PTS.)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: New England leads 3-1 overall – one of three MLS teams will all-time winning records against the Sounders. (The others are Los Angeles and Chivas USA). The teams are 1-1 in Seattle. The Sounders visit New England on Oct. 1.TEAM LEADERS: For NE – G 4, Shalrie Joseph; A 2, Pat Phelan; S 26, Joseph; SOG 14, Joseph; GAA 1; Matt Reis. For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 4, Fredy Montero; S 50, Montero; SOG 19, Montero; GAA 0.94, Kasey Keller. NOTES: New England is last in MLS with an average of 0.75 goals per game, and has the fewest assists (10). … Seattle is 3-0-2 over its last five games, New England is winless since May 14, going 0-4-2 over the stretch. …The Revs 0-5-2 on the road, where they have been outscored 11-4. … Joseph has scored three career goals against Seattle – as many as any MLS player… Seattle’s Sigi Schmid (334) and New England’s Steve Nicol (283) are 1-2 on the career list for MLS games coached. … Osvaldo Alonso and Leo Gonzalez are out due to yellow-card accumulation. James Riley is one caution away from suspension. … Evans (hamstring) is doubtful. … Sounders Riley and Pat Noonan have played for the Revs. … The referee is Geoff Gamble.QUOTABLE: “You can’t look at (New England’s record). You see it all around the league this year: It’s an up and down season. Teams hit ruts. We’ve hit ruts. We saw with Vancouver: They had hit a rut, but they came back and played a good team against us. It’s not like you’re playing bad opponents. There are still quality sides on any team on any day in this league.” – Evans.NEXT: Kitsap Pumas, 7 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Open Cup; Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.