Lamar Neagle – born in Tacoma and raised in Federal Way – recorded the second hat trick in Sounders history today. However, those represented only half of Seattle’s goals today as the club streaked to a 6-2 win over the Columbus Crew.
The result moves the Sounders to 13-5-9 on the season, and to within three points of Los Angeles in the Supporters Shield race.
"Obviously this afternoon we got off to a good start," coach Sigi Schmid said. "We were a little fortunate on the first goal – the bounce – I know Hesmer’s a quality goalkeeper, those aren’t the kind you expect to get against him. We were able to parlay that and score more goals after that. I thought offensively our combinations, our cohesion, was very good at times. They’re a quality team, so they’re going to have charcter, they’re going to stand up in the second half and try to battle back, which they did: obviously, they got a PK and a free kick. With the amount of games we’re playing, to be able to come out and score six goals against the Eastern division leader, I think, is something that the team has to be very proud of."
Several Sounders records fell along the way. Neagle matched the earliest goal in the fourth minute, the first three were clustered in the smallest amount of minutes, and the final total of six goals topped the previous club record by two.
Individually, Neagle joined former designated player Blaise Nkufo for the only three-goal games in club history. Nkufo’s also came against the Crew.
A sellout crowd of 36,364 watched at sunny CenturyLink Field.
Columbus fell to 11-8-7. However, one bright spot for the visitors came in the 59th minute when Jeff Cunningham hit a PK – moving alone to the top of MLS with 134 career goals.
The sizzling Sounders now take a break in MLS play until Sept. 10, when Real Salt Lake visits.
However, the club will return to Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila today, preparing for their U.S. Open Cup semifinal after FC Dallas there Tuesday.
I'll add quotes in new posts up top. Here are the stats (take a deep breath before the scoring summary):
Scoring Summary: SEA -- Lamar Neagle 3 (Mike Fucito 2) 4SEA -- Mauro Rosales 5 (penalty kick) 16SEA -- Lamar Neagle 4 (James Riley 2, Mauro Rosales 8) 21SEA -- Mike Fucito 1 (Mauro Rosales 9, Fredy Montero 7) 40CLB -- Jeff Cunningham 2 (penalty kick) 59SEA -- Lamar Neagle 5 (Osvaldo Alonso 3) 70CLB -- Josh Gardner 2 (unassisted) 73SEA -- own goal (Josh Gardner) 74
Columbus Crew-- William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Rich Balchan, Chad Marshall, Josh Gardner, Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Dilly Duka (Jeff Cunningham 56), Andres Mendoza (Tommy Heinemann 56), Emilio Renteria (Justin Meram 76).
Substitutes Not Used: Bernardo Anor, Eric Gehrig, Danny O'Rourke, Alex Riggs.
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Andres Mendoza 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Andres Mendoza 2); FOULS: 12 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Kevin Burns 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Josh Gardner 2, Sebastian Miranda 2); SAVES: 2 (William Hesmer 2)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke (Zach Scott 75), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales (Alvaro Fernandez 71), Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Lamar Neagle, Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua 78), Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Brad Evans, Roger Levesque, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Lamar Neagle 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Lamar Neagle 3); FOULS: 18 (Erik Friberg 3, Fredy Montero 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Nate Jaqua 1, Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Mike Fucito 2, Mauro Rosales 2); SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 5)
CLB -- Kevin Burns (caution; Tactical Foul) 64
SEA -- Jeff Parke (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
SEA -- Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants:-Frank Anderson; Ian Anderson4th Official: Alejandro MariscalAttendance: 36,364Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Clear-and-72-degrees74th minute:
Good grief. Columbus' Josh Gardner makes it 5-2 with a free kick over the wall and past Keller. Then Seattle scores again, this time a Columbus own goal while trying to clear a low cross by Neagle.
Sounders' record for most goals in a game grows.
70th minute: GOAL Seattle. Neagle hat trick. Simply staggering strike from top of penalty area, hits crossbar and comes down just across the goalline. Sounders, 5-1.
Neagle, of course, was born in Tacoma and grew up in Federal Way.
59th minute: GOAL Columbus. Cunningham PK makes it 4-1 (penalty was on Hurtado). Also his MLS-record 134th career goal. and ends Sounders shutout streak at 308 minutes. Seattle, 4-1
Second half: ... has begun. No substitutions.
Halftime: Sounders up, 4-0. Absolutely as dominating as it sounds.
Four goals in a half is a Sounders record, and also ties their record for goals in an MLS game.
Staggeringly, Columbus outshot the Sounders, 8-7. However Seattle put five on goal -- and of course, four IN goal -- compared to Crew's two on goal.
40th minute: GOAL Seattle. Mike Fucito beats Hesmer to a ball in the box, turns and fires it in. Seattle, 4-0.
21st minute: GOAL Seattle. This time James Riley sends a cross from right to left side of area, where Lamar Neagle volleys it in. Seattle, 3-0, and second goal of game by Neagle, the local boy making good.
Columbus keeper William Hesmer undestandably barking at his defense.
16th minute: GOAL Seattle. Mauro Rosales hits PK after Mike Fucito sort of dummied the Columbus defender into a handball in the penalty area. Seattle, 2-0.
Fourth minute: GOAL Seattle. Mike Fucito slides ball to Lamar Neagle, who fights through a challenge from Columbus' Rich Balchan and fires low and to the far side of goalkeeper Willam Hesmer. Hesmer gets a hand to it, but the ball spins through an gets across the goal line. Sounders, 1-0.
Kickoff: The game has begun, Columbus in yellow/yellow, Sounders in rave/blue.
Lineups: Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Wahl; M Rosales, Alonso, Friberg, Neagle; F Fucito, Montero. Reserves: Boss, Carrasco, Evans, Fernandez, Jaqua, Levesque, Scott.
For Columbus: GK Hesmer; D Miranda, Balchan, Marshall, Gardner; M Burns, Ekpo, Rogers, Duka; F Mendoza, Renteria. Reserves: Riggs, Anor, Cunningham, Gehrig, Heinemann, Meram, O'Rourke.
Pregame: Beautiful day for soccer. Let's play two.
OK, one: 1 p.m., Eastern-leading Columbus vs. Supporters' Shield No. 2 Seattle from CenturyLink and live on KONG and 97.3 FM, along with this blog and our Twitter account.
Finally, this report of former Sounder Freddie Ljungberg perhaps on the move to Japan.