Bogeys and goonies fell hard at CenturyLink Field.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid had labeled the San Jose Earthquakes a “bogey team” after their four straight wins over Seattle.
And the Quakes had reveled in their “Goonies never say die” reputation earned by a series of late come-from-behind heroics.
But when the teams met today, the Sounders jumped to a three-goal lead early in the second half and then shut the door on San Jose, rolling to a 3-0 win before a crowd of 38,880.
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Two goals came from Lamar Neagle, and one each by Mauro Rosales and Obafemi Martins.
Sounders now 3-3-3 on season, and stretch unbeaten streak to 36 games when scoring the first goal.
Here was coach Sigi Schmid's overview:
"Obviously it was good to get a good result and get a solid win. It’s been a while for us. I was happy with our team proud of what our team did on the field. I thought the first goal was a very, very good goal. A combination of determination, but also some very good soccer. The second goal was very timely and Mauro caught Burch maybe cheating looking for the cross a bit. Again a good goal by Lamar early in the second half, which helps take the sting out of the game a little bit. And I think the last goal, if you look at Obafemi’s goal, if you slip up or make half a mistake he’s so quick to pounce on things, and he immediately turned it into a goal. But there are a lot of guys that played well tonight, I thought. Sometimes how you play doesn’t actually show up on the scoresheet, but I thought Eddie Johnson worked really hard up front and created a lot of things; the combination play up front was good; Servando and Alonso was good; Evans has been playing with a calf that has been bothering him a little bit, so we’ve been milking him through games at times, but he’s just so tactically good he helps us. … Obviously Djimi played well."
I'll be back with notes and quotes.Stoppage time: GOAL by Obafemi Martins, who just makes time stand still while ball bounces around in box and finishes. Seattle, 4-0.
89' VIP yellow cards to Eddie Johnson and Wondo, who goes nose to nose after EJ was bumped down and no whistle.
86' Lamar Neagle gets big hand as he comes off the pitch after two-goal effort.
62' Martinez in for Rosales. Alonso takes over as captain.
55' Oba Martins returns, subbing in for Brad Evans.
53' GOAL Seattle. Neagle's second, turning and firing from just inside penalty area, kissing off near post and in. Seattle, 3-0.
Sounders first 3-goal league game since October 21 vs. Dallas, and first 3-0 lead since October 7 vs. Portland.
Second half: ... has begun
45' GOAL Sounders. Yellow to Baca and Rosales makes them pay with swirling free kick from 23 yards. Seattle 2-0.
Shots, 6-2 SEA; on target 3-2 SEA; corners 1-0 SJ; duels percentage 65% SJ; possession 55.7% SJ.
28th minute: GOAL Sounders. Lamar Neagle finishes from in front goal after a nice couple of passes from Rosales and Johnson.
24th minute: Best chance by far as Evans crosses in box to Rosales, who headed it wide of goal.
First 15 minutes: Better chances and possession to Sounders. But scoreless.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Quakes in black/black.
Lineup: Sounders' starters GK Gspurning, D Yedlin, Scott, Traore, Gonzalez; M Rosales, Alonso, Carrasco, Evans; F Johnson, Neagle. Reserves are Herrick, Joseph, Hurtado, Ianni, Estrada, Martins, Martinez.
Quakes starters are GK Busch; D Betashour, Bernandez, Gargan, Morrow; M Julian, Cronin, Baca, Corrales; F Gordon, Wondolowski. Quakes bench Bingham, Hernandez, Cato, Ballouchy, Salinas, Tracy, Jahn.
Pregame: Cloudy day at CenturyLink Field, but the forecast isn't calling for rain until after this 1 p.m. match between the Earthquakes and Sounders is done.
Basics: 1 p.m., on KONG and usual radio outlets. Also blogged here, with updates also tweeted @donruiztnt.
Heritage Cup: Competition for the 2013 Heritage Cup begins with this match and resolves July 13 at San Jose. Here are the rules of the 2013 competition.