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Postgame discussion: Sounders draw in Philly

It's gone final, 1-1; the Sounders picking up the point on a stoppage time goal by Alvaro Fernandez. It started with a Rosales corner, which Jaqua flicked on to Montero, who touched it forward to Zakuani, who touched it back to Montero, who crossed to Flaco, who headed it in off the right post from about 6 yards.

Sounders move to 1-2-3 and six points on the season. The Sounders return to action Friday at Colorado.

While last season's game in Chester, Penn., was played in game-affecting heat, this one was played in game-affecting rain. Coming next season: locusts.

Game will be rebroadcast on Root Sports at 3:30 p.m.

The stats:

PHI - Carlos Ruiz 1 (unassisted) 32SEA - Alvaro Fernandez 1 (Montero) 91+

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez (Fredy Montero 66), Erik Friberg (Alvaro Fernandez 77), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani, Mauro Rosales, O'Brian White (Nate Jaqua 66). Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, Tyson Wahl, Patrick Ianni Philadelphia Union - Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Caiff, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Stefani Miglioranzi (Danny Mwanga 59), Keon Daniel, Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Justin Mapp 80) Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Roger Torres, Michael Farfan

Misconduct Summary: SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution, Reckless Tackle) 30PHI - Stefani Miglioranzi (caution, Reckless Tackle) 55PHI - Amobi Okugo (caution, Reckless Tackle) 65PHI - Carlos Valdez (caution, Reckless Tackle) 88

Referee: Terry VaughnReferee's Assistants:-Gregory Barkey; Matthew Kreitzer4th Official: John McCloskey

Attendance: 15,149

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Rain-and-52 degrees

Stoppage time: GOAL. Montero cross to middle and Fernandez heads it in off the post. 1-1. (And, obviously, the first non-one-nil game for Union this season.)

Attendance: 15,149. Maybe not too bad in that weather. And the Sons of Ben are doing their part with the drums and chants. Pretty good atmosphere.

78th minute: Sounders last sub as Fernandez comes in, and instantly gets best chance of the match, sizzling a shot from in front of the goal which he seems to believe was stopped by handball. (Replay shows not.)

66th minute: Jaqua and Montero come in for O'Brian White and Leo Gonzalez. So, Sounders going 3-3-4 in search of the tying goal.

60th minute Danny Mwanga in for Philly.

Second half: Has begun. No substitutions yet.

Halftime: Union up, 1-0. Miserable conditions, but the Sounders are going to have to find a way to generate more offense. Everything was on their end in the first half. Sounders have two shots, none on goal.

Btw, Arlo White is disputing the call on Ozzie, which I thought was fair -- it looked to me like he got leg before ball. And he's also saying the shot was deflected off the wall, which I'm not seeing either. How'd you guys see it?

32nd minute: GOAL. Carlos Ruiz puts Philly up 1-0 on a free kick from the top of the penalty area. Nice shot just above the wall and curving left. Keller got a finger to it, but couldn't sent it over the top left corner. Kick followed a challenge by Osvaldo Alonzo, who also drew a caution. I thought the kick was fair, the card harsh.

Every Union game this season has ended, 1-0, btw.

First 30 minutes: Nil-nil. What few chances there have been have belonged to Philly. Apparently pouring rain.

Kickoff: They've begun. Rainy, cloudy, windy... and lots of empty seats.

Sounders in green/green, Union in blue/blue.

Montero available: Fredy Montero is on the 18-man roster and apparently available for a role off the bench, while wearing a cast over his right wrist.

Lineup: For the first time this season, the Sounders are keeping the same starting lineup in back-to-back games: GK, Keller; D Gonzales, Hurtado, Parke, Riley; M Rosalez, Evans, Alonso, Freberg; F Zakuani, White.

Pregame: Reminder that the game begins at 1 p.m., and will be shown on KONG and the usual radio spots. We'll also keep this post available all day and weekend for in-game and postgame discussion. It's a big game, as they all seem to be, in the sense that three points would indicate a real turn for the better in the season ... and because three points seem available.

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