Here's our game story.
Final: Sounders win 2-1, take the season series from United, and pick up three points in the standings -- three road points at that.
They return home next Saturday to meet Chivas USA.
Fredy Montero maintained all week that he had no personal score to settle with Josh Wicks ... but it probably felt pretty good to whistle the winning goal past him.
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It was Montero's 11th goal of the season, one short of Conor Casey's league-leading dozen.
Actually, Wicks play was his own punishment: nutmegged on the first goal, and the second ... man, did he think it was off frame? He seemed to pull his hands back like he thought it was going to miss and he didn't want to surrender the corner.
And interesting post-goal celebration by Montero: miming a home run? What, calling up the ghosts of all great Washington Nationals past?
Well, no matter: Huge win, and they deserve to celebrate.
A few quotes:Sigi Schmid: “We talked about it and felt if we can get to 45 points we would have a chance at it. And we have 37 now, so we need to get eight points out of our last five games. We have two of those are at home, and we are getting closer to achieving what we want to achieve. And the main thing is that our team believed in itself.”
Steve Zakuani: “Those first 20 minutes are going to be tough because they are coming with a flow of energy with a huge crowd behind them. So we score first in this kind of game and its gives you confidence and something to protect. So that was very key. The goal was just a good counterattack. I think Pete played a good ball through, and then I’m one on one with Wicks and it’s about staying calm, and I managed to just sort of poked in there.”
Kasey Keller: “We have two extremely important home games left. … We just can’t think now we have good road form and we’re just going to take for granted that we’re going to go home and win.”
SEA -- Steve Zakuani (Peter Vagenas) 5DC -- Rodney Wallace (unassisted) 54SEA -- Fredy Montero (James Riley) 84
D.C. United -- Josh Wicks, Bryan Namoff, Avery John, Julius James, Rodney Wallace, Santino Quaranta, Clyde Simms, Fred (Chris Pontius 53), Ben Olsen (Andrew Jacobson 83), Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno (Christian Gomez 83).
Substitutes Not Used: Devon McTavish, Milos Kocic, David Habarugira, Tiyiselani Shipalane.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Luciano Emilio 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1); FOULS: 13 (Luciano Emilio 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1 (Jaime Moreno 1); SAVES: 4 (Josh Wicks 4)
Seattle Sounders FC – Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez, Sebastien Le Toux, Peter Vagenas (Brad Evans 62), Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Tyrone Marshall 86), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 77), Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Nathan Sturgis, Tyson Wahl, Terry Boss, Zach Scott.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Steve Zakuani 2, Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 13 (Nate Jaqua 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Sebastien Le Toux 4); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)
DC -- Rodney Wallace (caution; Reckless Tackle) 57DC -- Santino Quaranta (caution; Simulation) 62DC -- 3 (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+
Referee: Silviu PetrescuReferee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Nate Clement4th Official: Terry VaughnAttendance: 19,592Time of Game: 1:51Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees
84th minute: Montero beats Wicks to near top corner after sweet Riley pass into the box. Sounders, 2-1.
54th minute: Riley slide tackle in box sends ball to Wallace who finished. 1-1.
Haltime: Sounders, 1-0. But this has the look of a game that will take at least two goals to win.
Unfortunately for the Sounders, they had a pretty good chance of getting that second goal in the 35th minute, but Montero whistled one just over the crossbar with Wicks caught off his line.
5th minute: Zakuani scores one-on-one on Wicks after passes from Jaqua and Vagenas.
Lineup: It's an unusual one in several ways: GK, Keller; D Ianni, Wahl, Riley, Gonzalez; M Le Toux, Alonso, Vagenas, Zakuani; F Montero, Jaqua.
(Sratch that ... Hurtado is out there.)
Pregame: Big game. Sounders received help above them today as Colorado lost, but that only added pressure from behind as Toronto has pulled even ... at least for now.
Of course, that shouldn't matter if the Sounders take care of their own business.
Here we go.