Sounders FC gets its first home win in three tries against D.C. United. And they get it with a solid 3-0 win, with two goals by Alvaro Fernandez and one by Mike Fucito.
Two assists came from Mauro Rosales, his club record 11th and 12th assists of the season, moving him past Montero’s 10 last season. For my money, Rosales was once again the man of the match.
Another record also fell tonight as the crowd of 36,242 moved the season total to an MLS record 553,987.
D.C. offensive threats Charlie Davies and Dwayne De Rosario weren’t factors and sat out the last half hour or so.
"Obviously it was great to get a 3-0 win today," coach Sigi Schmid said. "We always make Kasey earn his paycheck. ... I thought we were pretty solid. I thought we got off to a good start, but didn’t get any goals. I thought all the goals we scored today were quality goals, and we were very pleased."
Seattle moves to 14-6-9 on the season, while D.C. fell to 8-8-10 as their playoff hopes took a jolt.
United came in as a very hot side, but Seattle was the dominatingly better team tonight.
Seattle returns to CONCACAF Champions League group play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when Herediano visits CenturyLink.
The Sounders next MLS game is next Saturday night at Vancouver.
I'll add plenty of reaction on other posts above. For now, stats:
SEA -- Mike Fucito 2 (Mauro Rosales 11, Brad Evans 2) 35SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 7 (Mauro Rosales 12, Fredy Montero 8) 47+SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 8 (unassisted) 60
D.C. United-- Joe Willis, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White (Marc Burch 78), Daniel Woolard, Perry Kitchen, Austin Da Luz, Andy Najar, Clyde Simms, Dwayne De Rosario (Josh Wolff 62), Charlie Davies (Stephen King 54), Joseph Ngwenya.
Substitutes Not Used: Blake Brettschneider, Kurt Morsink, Santino Quaranta, Bill Hamid.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Austin Da Luz 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Joseph Ngwenya 2); FOULS: 16 (Dwayne De Rosario 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (Joseph Ngwenya 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Andy Najar 3); SAVES: 4 (Joe Willis 4)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans (Amadou Sanyang 82), Alvaro Fernandez, Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua 68), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 78).
Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Patrick Ianni, Pat Noonan, Josh Ford.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Alvaro Fernandez 3); FOULS: 7 (Osvaldo Alonso 2, Fredy Montero 2); OFFSIDES: 5 (Mike Fucito 3); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Rosales 1, Tyson Wahl 1); SAVES: 6 (Kasey Keller 6)
Misconduct Summary:DC -- Joseph Ngwenya (caution; Reckless Tackle) 16SEA -- Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 41DC -- Austin Da Luz (caution; Reckless Foul) 63
Referee: Kevin StottReferee's Assistants:-Eric Boria; Anthony Vasoli4th Official: Yader ReyesAttendance: 36,242Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Cloudy-and-63-degreesSecond half:
... has begun. Rain still falling.
Halftime: Sounders up, 2-0. DC has more shots, 8-7. Both put two on goal. Each team has taken one corner.
Sounders 9-0-3 when scoring first; D.C. 0-6-4 when allowing first goal.
Stoppage time: Rosales slips a sweet pass to Fucito who beats Willis wide.
35th minute: GOAL Seattle. Mike Fucito turns past Brandon McDonald in the middle third, runs to the top of the penalty area, and fires hard and wide of Joe Willis. Seattle, 1-0. Assist to Evans.
Kickoff: We're under way: Sounders in green/blue, DC in black/black.
Seems to be a pretty solid wind blowing to the north.
Lineups: For Seattle: GK Keller; D Riley, Scott, Parke, Wahl; M Rosales, Alonso, Evans, Fernandez; F Fucito, Montero. Reserves: Ford, Gonzalez, Ianni, Jaqua, Neagle, Noonan, Sanyang.
For DC: GK Willis; D McDonald, White, Woolard, Kitchen; M Da Luz, Najar, Simms, De Rosario; F Davies, Ngwenya. Reserves: Hamid, Brettschneider, Burch, King, Morsink; Quaranta, Wolff.
Pregame: The Sounders return to MLS play at 6 this evening when D.C. United visits CenturyLink. The game will be shown on KONG, the usual radio outlets, and updates will be available here and though donruiztnt on Twitter.
The Sounders cannot clinch a playoff spot tonight because of Portland's win last night over New England. However, they will set yet another MLS single-season attendance record. The current record is 542,600 set last season. So far this season, the Sounders have drawn 517,745, meaning today's normal 36,000 or so will put them over the top.
I'll be back with pregame, in-game, and postgame updates.