The turnaround came at a fortunate time, turning what might have been the most disastrous result of the season into a 2-1 win over struggling Chivas USA (4-12-5).
Only 16 minutes into the match the Sounders had looked up at the CenturyLink Field scoreboard and seen a 1-0 deficit glowing down at them.
And they knew that was mostly their fault as their defense lost shape badly, allowing forward Eric Torres to charge in and beat goalkeeper Andrew Weber.
However, Seattle (8-7-4) responded about seven minutes later when Obafemi Martins rolled a pass into the box, where Brad Evans equalized from about 15 yards.
When the halftime whistle blew, the Sounders had outshot the Goats, 10-2, but the score was even at one each.
Then Seattle opened the second half with a 10-minute rat-a-tat-tat of chances: a Marc Burch shot just wide, a cross into the box inches out of Martins’ reach, a Patrick Ianni header just over the bar, an Evans pass into the box just out of Lamar Neagle’s reach.
After all that, the Sounders finally broke through again in the 56th minute. The sequence began with a Mauro Rosales pass to Martins, who returned it to Rosales, who touched it on to Neagle about 15 yards from the goal. There, Neagle knocked home his fifth goal of the season, matching his career high. Rosales assist also ended a personal streak of 604 minutes without either a goal or assist.
More importantly, the goal also proved to be the game winner, and that win slipped the Sounders back ahead of San Jose and into seventh place in the West, four points shy of playoff position with games in hand.
Seattle went with its 19th lineup in as many games. Notable was the first start of the season by central defender Ianni, Burch remaining at left mid for the third straight game, midfielder Evans sliding inside, and Servando Carrasco in a reserve role after 12 straight starts.
The Sounders’ complete their three-game homestand Saturday, when FC Dallas visits.77th minute:
57th minute: GOAL Seattle. Neagle from about 15 yars. Rosales to Martins to Rosales to Neagle to net. Very nice. Seattle, 2-1.
Second half: ... has begun. Very important 45 minutes for Sounders.
Halftime: 1-1. But more of a free-flowing game than expected, especially from Chivas. It doesn't feel like we've seen the last of the goals.
Shots 10-2 SEA; on target 3-2 SEA; corners 2-2; possession 57.3 SEA.
23th minute: GOAL Sounders. Brad Evans from about 15 yards, after taking nice rolling pass from Obafemi Martins. 1-1
16th minute: GOAL Chivas. Sounders defense stretched out of position and Torres finishes past Weber. Goats, 1-0.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Chivas in red-and-white-stripes/blue, Sounders in rave/blue.
Lots of empty seats notable as we begin.
Lineups: Sounders starters: GK Weber; D Yedlin, Ianni, Traore, Gonzalez; M Rosales, Alonso, Evans, Burch; F Neagle, Martins. Reserves: Herrick, Carrasco, Estrada, Hurtado, Remick, Scott, Zavaleta.
Interesting lineup. Ianni starts for the first time this season. Run of 12 straight starts ends for Carrasco. Burch again at outside mid, with Evans inside. Meanwhile, Chivas shows as a 4-5-1:
For Chivas: GK Kennedy; D De Luna, Bocanegra, Borja, Delgado; M Alvarez, Mejia, Farfan, Villafana, Bowen; F Torres. Reserves: McLain, Frias, Morales, Ponce, Purdy, Rivera, Soto.
Pregame: It's a beautiful evening at CenturyLink Field, where Sounders FC will meet Chivas USA in a game where less than three points for the home side will seem a disappointment.
First kick is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be shown on KONG 6/16, heard on the usual radio outlets, and blogged here along with Twitter updates @donruiztnt.I should be back with lineups between 7-7:30.