Final: New York ends a streak of 27 regular season games without a win, sinking the Sounders, 1-0.
We have game photos in the post above, and I'll add some notes and quotes above that.
Meanwhile, here are official stats from Sounders:
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Scoring Summary:NY -- Macoumba Kandji 1 (unassisted) 21
New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Seth Stammler, Joel Lindpere, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Danleigh Borman 79), Macoumba Kandji (Conor Chinn 89), Juan Pablo Angel.
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Austin Da Luz, Tony Tchani, Juan Agudelo, Greg Sutton.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Juan Pablo Angel 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Macoumba Kandji 2); FOULS: 22 (Macoumba Kandji 6); OFFSIDES: 3 (Macoumba Kandji 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 2, Joel Lindpere 2); SAVES: 5 (Bouna Coundoul 5)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez (David Estrada 83), Roger Levesque (Pat Noonan 56), Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 76), Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Nathan Sturgis, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Steve Zakuani 3); FOULS: 9 (Sanna Nyassi 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Freddie Ljungberg 1); CORNER KICKS: 12 (Freddie Ljungberg 11); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)
Misconduct Summary:SEA -- Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Reckless Foul) 10NY -- Mike Petke (caution; Reckless Foul) 35NY -- Macoumba Kandji (caution; Reckless Foul) 62SEA -- James Riley (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63
Referee: Kevin StottReferee's Assistants: -Darren Clark; Hector Vergara4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 36,066Time of Game: 1:52Weather: Showers-and-44-degrees
83rd minute: David Estrada makes MLS debut, in for Leo Gonzalez.
76th minute: Sanna Nyassi in for Zakuani. (Noonan making a very good first impression.)
56th minute: Pat Noonan makes his Sounders debut, coming in for Roger Levesque.
Half: Red Bulls up, 1-0. I'll be back with stats and notes. But here's one: Seattle had nine corner kicks in the half, beating their previous record of seven.
And more: Seattle nine shots, NY seven. Seattle three shots on goal, NY two.
21st minute: New York moves ahead 1-0, on a corner kick that Leo Gonzalez tried to clear from the middle of the box, but it went to New York's Macoumba Kandji, who sent it in off the crossbar.
No shortage of Sounders chances so far, however. This doesn't look like a game that's going to end one-nil.
15th minute: Scoreless, but nice end-to-end action with chances for both sides. Early yellow on Ljungberg for a high spikes-up challenge.
Kickoff: We've had the anthem and introductions, and the game has begun before a full, but late-arriving, crowd at Qwest. Sounders in rave/blue; Red Bulls in white/red.
NY coach missing: New York coach Hans Backe will not be on the sidelines for tonight's game. He suffered from stomach pains today, was checked out and ruled to be OK. However, he is staying away as a precaution.
Golden scarf: Tonight's Golden Scarf goes to Tim Murray. He was nominated by his wife Kate. He grew up playing soccer and was eventually recruited to Chicago's Croatian League. He went to college in Ohio on a partial scholarship and continues to play today. Murray attended all home matches last season in addition to travelling to a few away matches.
Starting lineups: The quick news is Freddy Ljungberg and James Riley in the starting lineup.
Here's the way the Sounders are going: GK, Keller; D Riley, Hurtado, Marshall, Gonzalez; M Levesque, Evans Alonso, Zakuani; F Ljungberg, Montero. The reserves are Boss, Ianni, Sturgis, Nyassi, Scott, Estrada, Noonan.
For New York: GK, Coundoul; D Hall, Petke, Ream, Miller; M Richards, Stammler, Lindpere, Ubiparipovic; F Kandji, Angel. Reserves: Sutton, Borman, Boyens, Da Luz, Tchani, Chinn, Agudelo.
90 minutes till kickoff: They've opened the gates. Unfortunately, it's another nasty game night ... kind of misty/drizzly ... and very cold.
A reminder that tonight's game is on Fox Soccer Channel. Since not everyone has easy access to that, I'll try to stay current with the game on the blog here. Hope we have some good discussions like last season. As usual, I'll be back with any pregame news, with the lineup -- which could be interesting -- and then provide in-game updates, and postgame stats, notes, quotes and more comments.
Meanwhile, a sad little sign of the times: If you're wondering why you haven't seen any Sounders pocket schedules yet this season ... it's because they're not doing one.