Seattle Sounders FC led and trailed and finally came away with a 2-2 draw in a wild MLS match with the Philadelphia Union today at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
The Sounders ended the match with nine players, and the Union with 10 as three red cards were awarded in the final five minutes. Oh yes, and Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez also apparently got away with a handball in the penalty area in the closing seconds.
By the time it was over, the Sounders (1-3-3) pushed their unbeaten streak to three games and extended their unbeaten streak when scoring first to a league-high 34 games.
Seattle dominated the early going and jumped ahead in the 10th minute when Eddie Johnson lost his defender and headed in a Mauro Rosales corner kick from about 7 yards.
Philadelphia pulled even and then ahead in the 50th and 51st minutes, in each case with Danny Cruz getting to a rebounded shot and knocking it back into the net.The one-two punch set a Sounders record for shortest time between goals allowed.
The Sounders salvaged the draw in the 64th minute when Rosales knocked in a cross from Leo Gonzalez.
The Sounders started the game without key players such as Obafemi Martins, Steve Zakuani and Sharlie Joseph – all due to injury – and without Osvaldo Alonso, who missed the game to be with his family after the birth of his second child Friday.
The Sounders also ended the game without Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin, who picked up red cards late in the match. Yedlin’s card was awarded for a reckless tackle, while Neagle was sent off for a series of shove and head bumps with Philadelphia’s Sheanon Williams, who also received a red card.
Also not around for the end was Union defender Jeff Parke, who suffered an apparent leg injury just before halftime.
A crowd of 18,344 was on hand at PPL Park.
The Sounders return to MLS action Wedneday at Sporting Kansas City -- and of course will do so without Yedlin and Neagle.Stoppage time:
84' Both sides down to 10 men after Neagle and Seanon Williams sent off following head-to-head, push-to-push scrum near Philly goal.
74' Andy Rose on for Brad Evans.
64' Sounders GOAL. Mauro Rosales finishes after nice run and cross from Leo Gonzalez. 2-2.
62nd minute: Mario Martinez in for Alex Caskey.
52nd minute: GOAL Philly. And very similar. This time McInerney puts one on goal, but tapped off crossbar by Gspurning. Then once again Cruz swoops onto the rebound and sends it it again. Philly, 2-1.
49' GOAL Philly. Casey heads ball off post, but Cruz finishes rebound to even things 1-1.
Halftime: Wild 45 minutes. Sounders up 1-0, but it's played wilder than that.
Shots 11-6 PHI; on goal 2-1 SEA; saves 1-1; corners 5-2 SEA; fouls 5-4 PHI; offside 2-1 PHI; cautions, 1-0 PHI; Possession 61% PHI.
Parke out: Not much of a reunion for Jeff Parke, who is replaced in first-half stoppage time by Farfan.
First 30 minutes: Sounders still up 1-0. But they've sure had their chances to make it 2-0. Union has been regularly disorganized without Sounders taking full advantage.
First 20 minutes: Union had a terrible start, and paid for it. However, they've begun turning things over the past few minutes. Possession very close to 50-50 so far.
10th minute: Eddie Johnson finds space in from of Philly goal on corner and finishes from 6 yards. Seattle, 1-0.
First kick: We're under way.
Pregame: The Sounders' first kick at Philadelphia is set for 1 p.m. today. The game will be shown live on KONG, heard on the usual radio outlets and blogged here. I'll also have more updates and comments on twitter @donruiztnt.
Lineups: Sounders starters: Gspurning; Yedlin, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; Rosales, Carrasco, Evans, Caskey; Johnson, Neagle. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Ianni, Rose, Martinez, Estrada, Zavaleta.
Oba Martins seemed iffy all week, and is not in uniform. Zakuani, too. We didn't hear about Joseph until late in the week. Ozzie Alonso missing due to birth of second child. Caskey over Martinez apparently coach's choice. Bottom line: Just an amazing amount of talent unavailable ... especially for a game following a bye week.
Philly starters: GK: MacMath, Gaddis, Parke, Okugo, Williams, Carroll (c), Cruz, Daniel, M. Farfan, McInerney, Casey. Reserves: Konopka, G. Farfan, Kleberson, Hoppenot, Wheeler, Lahoud, Le Toux.