You wouldn't have thought it possible, but the Sounders managed even a wilder win than they got last week in Portland.
Once again the Sounders came from a goal down -- twice. But this time more goals kept coming in what ended up as a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Here was coach Sigi Schmid's overview:
“Who says soccer’s not exciting? Obviously, the character we showed again coming back after being down twice was superb. My hat’s off to the team in that regard. I didn’t like the fact that we gave up three goals, but I’m the coach and I’m paid to worry, so I worry about those sorts of things. Our effort was magnificent. We controlled the majority of the match. We created chances. The first goal was a mistake. The second goal was because we were too eager going forward and left ourselves open in the back and the last one was a lack of concentration. Overall, I was very pleased with our passing and our play. I thought guys stepped up and did very well. If you came to today’s game and you didn’t enjoy it, then you don’t enjoy sports.”
The sellout crowd of 36,424 chanted "Steve Zakuani" as the final seconds of stoppage time ticked down.
The win extends Seattle's record unbeaten streak to nine league matches. The Sounders now stand at 10-4-8. Colorado falls to 6-6-9.
The Sounders return to action Wednesday with a friendly against Manchester United. However, they don’t face another league match until a visit to Houston on July 30.
I'll add quotes in a new post above.
Here are the stats:
Scoring Summary: COL -- Wells Thompson 1 (unassisted) 1SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 5 (Osvaldo Alonso 1) 7COL -- Jeff Larentowicz 4 (Wells Thompson 1, Omar Cummings 2) 42SEA -- Roger Levesque 3 (Mauro Rosales 6, Osvaldo Alonso 2) 48SEA -- Fredy Montero 6 (unassisted) 82SEA -- Mauro Rosales 2 (Fredy Montero 5) 84COL -- Caleb Folan 3 (unassisted) 89
Colorado Rapids-- Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Drew Moor, Sanna Nyassi (Ross LaBauex 80), Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Wells Thompson, Omar Cummings (Andre Akpan 86), Conor Casey (Caleb Folan 38).
Substitutes Not Used: Joseph Nane, Scott Palguta, Steward Ceus.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Jeff Larentowicz 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 8 (Conor Casey 2, Pablo Mastroeni 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Omar Cummings 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Sanna Nyassi 4); SAVES: 5 (Matt Pickens 5)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg (Brad Evans 73), Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 71), Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua 89), Roger Levesque.
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Fucito, Pat Noonan, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Alvaro Fernandez 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (3 tied with 2); FOULS: 10 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Roger Levesque 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Mauro Rosales 3); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)
Misconduct Summary:COL -- Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Tackle) 18COL -- Conor Casey (caution; Dissent) 25SEA -- Fredy Montero (caution; Goalkeeper Interference) 27SEA -- Roger Levesque (caution; Reckless Tackle) 69COL -- Wells Thompson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 79
Referee: Edvin JurisevicReferee's Assistants:-Mike Kampmeinert; Colin Arblaster4th Official: Andrew ChapinAttendance: 36,424Time of Game: 1:56Weather: Cloudy-and-65-degrees
90th minute: Nice Keller save goes for nothing as Caleb Folan follows into the net, as Rapids pull to within 4-3 going into stoppage time.
Jaqua about to sub in.
82nd and 84th minute: Goals by Montero and Rosales put Sounders up 4-2. Just as last week in Portland, they came from behind twice.
73th minute: Evans for Friberg. And we have an update that Conor Casey went out with a left calf injury.
71st minute: Neagle in for Fernandez, who had a nice game.
48th minute: GOAL Seattle. Levesque slides onto long cross from Rosales, redirecting it into goal. Even, 2-2.
Second half: Is under way. No lineup changes.
Halftime: Rapids up, 2-1.
Shots, Seattle, 7-6. Shots on goal, three each.
Halftime includes display of Sounders' 1981 Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup win over four-team field including Cosmos, Celtic and Southhampton.
Meanwhile, Omar Bravo of SKC and New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo were named to the MLS All-Star team by commissioner Don Garber.
43rd minute: GOAL Rapids. Long pass to Thompson, who backs off Riley with a couple of moves and then lays ball back to Larentowicz, who beats Keller off the far post. Larentowicz then runs toward Sounders stands, clapping arms above his head. He is, of course, used to playing in front of crowds of 14,500.
36th minute: Casey goes down on the grass pitch. Colorado complains when Seattle plays through rather than kick ball out. Ref motioning for stretcher. Casey rejects that, but limps off pitch.
Casey subbed out, Caleb Folan in.
15th minute: Crowd chants "Steve Zakuani." Also, the rave green "Z" is hanging low along the east touchline.
Seventh minute: GOAL Seattle. Alonso sends long pass to Fernandez, who takes it down the left side, makes move to the middle and finishes. Even at 1-1.
First minute: GOAL Colorado. Botched clearance by Jeff Parke to the foot of Wells Thompson, who finiishes wide past Keller.
Kickoff: We're under way ... Rapids in burgundy/white, Sounders in green/blue.
Lineup change: We've just gotten word that former Sounder Sanna Nyassi has been moved into the starting lineup in place of Jamie Smith, who has a tight hamstring. That means the Sounders will be facing two former Sounders: Nyassi and Tyrone Marshall.
In the house: Sir Alex Ferguson.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Ianni, Parke, Wahl; M Rosales, Alonso, Friberg, Fernandez; F Montero, Levesque. Bench: Boss, Evans, Fucito, Jaqua, Neagle, Noonan, Scott.
For Colorado: FK Pickens; D Kimura, Wynne, Marshall, Moor; M Smith, Mastroeni, Larentowicz, Thompson; F Cummings, Casey. Bench: Ceus, Akpan, Folan, Nane, LaBauex, Nyassi, Palguta.
Pregame: Workers with blowers are walking the pitch at CenturyLink Field, trying to dry out the temporary grass field that has been installed for today.
This is relevant because the game scheduled for today in Vancouver already has been postponed because the temporary grass pitch installed up there has been ruled unplayable due to rain.
A Sounders spokesman says there is no expectation that today's game here is in danger ... the field is simply being made as game-ready as possible.
Saturday comes: Sounders and Rapids kick off at 1 p.m. at CenturyLink. The game will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel, heard on the usual radio outlets, and discussed here on the blog all day long.
The game itself hasn't generated much anticipatory buzz: partly lost amid the excitement of Portland, Open Cup and Manchester United ... and then it lost its chief storyline when the Rapids left Brian Mullan at home. But still, it's the final league game until July 30 and with no more points available to them for that long a stretch, it's certain the Sounders will want to gather three points today. The storyline also could include the retun of O'Brian White... which would be good news for him personally, and also for the team.