Sounders FC and the New York Red Bulls each led and each came from behind today before settling for a 2-2 draw at Red Bulls Arena.
The result moved both clubs into third place in their respective conferences: Seattle at 8-5-7 in the West, New York at 9-5-5 in the East.
The Sounders moved ahead in the 16th minute, when Adam Johansson sent a pass into the penalty area, and Alvaro Fernandez one-touched it into the back of the net.
However, this would become the first time this season that the Sounders would score first and fail to win.
New York struck back in the 24th minute on a goal by Sebastien Le Toux, a former Sounder who the Red Bulls acquired from Vancouver on Friday.
The sequence began with a scorching shot from Kenny Cooper. Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith knocked it away, but couldn’t control the ball, and Le Toux beat the defense to the rebound.
The Red Bulls moved ahead in the 61st minute when Joel Lindpere got behind the Seattle defense, lost defender Jeff Parke with an inside move, and then beat Meredith to the near side from about 20 yards.
Coach Sigi Schmid almost instantly subbed forward Fredy Montero into the game. The move paid off about five minutes later when Montero ran onto a pass from Brad Evans and directed it past goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
Both teams played with reserve keepers as New York’s usual starter Ryan Meara was held out with a hip injury. Meanwhile, Sounders No. 1 keeper Michael Gspurning traveled with the team, but remained off of the game day roster due to a hip injury that has kept him out since May 2.
The game was played before a crowd of 19,414 on an afternoon where the temperature topped out at 91 degrees and the humidity hovered around 75 percent.
The Sounders return to the pitch Wednesday, meeting Chelsea FC in a friendly at CenturyLink Field. Their next MLS match is July 28 at Colorado.
TWO SOUNDERS ALL-STARS
Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and forward Eddie Johnson were added to the MLS All-Star roster on Sunday.It is the second All-Star selection for Alonso, 26, in his four MLS seasons. His is one of the league’s top defensive midfielders, and leads the Sounders with an 81.4 passing percentage.
Johnson, 28, made the All-Star team twice during his initial seven-season run in MLS. He leads Seattle with eight goals this season.
The MLS All-Stars will play Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Penn.
This is the current roster: GK Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City); D Steven Beitashour (San Jose), Aurélien Collin (Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver), Heath Pearce (New York), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia); M Alonso (Seattle), David Beckham (Los Angeles), Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C.), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Graham Zusi (Kansas City); F Thierry Henry (New York), Johnson (Seattle), Chris Pontius (D.C.), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).
The team will be coached by Ben Olsen of D.C. United.
It's gone final at 2-2, in an entertaining game in which each team led and each team came from behind. Not a bad game for ESPN -- not quite the Portland-LA that NBCSN got last night, but plenty entertaining.
Sounders (8-5-7) get break in MLS schedule until July 28 at Colorado. Only match until then is friendly vs. Chelsea coming up Wednesday.
I'll be back with stats and quotes as they come available.
Stoppage time: Still even. Three minutes added.
Through 80 minutes: Teams clearly tired and spaces are opening. Even chances there's another goal in this game.
67th minute: GOAL Seattle. Fredy Montero finishes from close range after pass from Evans. 2-2
60th minute: GOAL New York. Lindpere gets behind Seattle defends, then jukes inside of Ianni, and beats Meredith to the near side from about 20. NY, 2-1.
Through 60 minutes: Still even. New York looking dangerous. Kenny Cooper getting chances in front of Sounders goal. Ianni and Parke have bailed Seattle out.
Second half: ... has begun.
Sounders stars: Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and forward Eddie Johnson have been added to the MLS All-Star gameday roster.
Halftime: 1-1. And a very fortunate 1-1 for Seattle, as Ozzie Alonzo inexplicably swiped his hand at a ball Henry was trying to get to in the box. Couldn't tell if contact, but ... wow.
Stats: Shots 7-6, Seattle; on goal, three each; corners, 3-2 NY; possession 53% Seattle; fouls 5-2 NY.
44th minute: Yellow to Burch for knocking down the ever-active Le Toux.
30 minutes: Even, 1-1. Eddie Johnson looking dangerous repeatedly. Combining nicely with Rosales and other teammates.
24th minute: GOAL New York. Sebastien Le Toux on rebound after Meredith save of Cooper rocket. Even 1-1.
16th minute: GOAL Sounders. Fernandez sliding one-touch of cross from Johansson. Seattle 1-0. Sounders have won the last 16 games in which they scored first.
First 10 minutes: Scoreless. Good possession for Sounders. Both teams have looked aggressive and dangerous.
Kickoff: The game has begun.
Lineups: Bryan Meredith will be the starting keeper again. And although Michael Gspurning traveled, he is not even in the 18. The reserve keeper will be Josh Ford.
Montero once again starts on the bench.
Here's the Seattle lineup: GK Meredith; D Johansson, Ianni, Parke, Burch; M Evans, Alonso, Rose, Fernandez; F Rosales, Johnson. Reserves: Ford, Scott, Hurtado, Gonzalez, Montero, Ochoa, Carrasco.
For New York: Gaudette, Barklage, Holgersson Marquez, Miller, McCarty, Lindpere, Lade, Le Toux, Cooper, Henry. Reserves: Vuolo, Borrajo, Arteaga, Palsson, Ballouchy, Keel, Conde.
Basics: The Sounders and Red Bulls will kick off at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and the usual radio outlets. We'll keep this blog post open before, during and after the game for news and your comments. We'll also have updates on Twitter @donruiztnt.