New York and Seattle played to a 1-1 draw on a gusty night with occasional driving rain.
Red Bulls remain atop MLS with 52 points, while Sounders catch RSL atop West with 51 points and games in hand.
Seattle (15-8-6) returns to action Saturday at Colorado.
Some postgame notes provided by the club:
• Sounders FC is second in the race for the 2013 Supporters’ Shield with 51 points. Seattle has the most games remaining (5) in MLS. • Brad Evans scored his fourth goal of the season, ranking fourth on Sounders FC. He has converted all seven career penalty attempts (all with Sounders FC). Evans is fifth on the club with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists) this season. He also scored against New York in Seattle’s inaugural game on March 19, 2009. • Seattle set the club record with at least one goal scored in the past 12 games, dating back to July 20. The previous record of 11 straight games was set from July 7 to September 22, 2012.• Sounders FC holds the longest active unbeaten streak (5-0-2) in MLS, which is the longest of the season for Seattle. • Sounders FC extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3), matching San Jose for the longest in MLS this season. • Seattle’s 10 home wins and 34 home points leads MLS.
• Sounders FC is unbeaten in 48 straight games (38-0-10) when scoring first, marking the longest active streak in MLS and second-longest streak in league history. • Sounders FC leads the all-time series with New York at 3-2-3.
I'll be back with notes and quotes. 76' GOAL Red Bulls. Ball pinballs around penalty area. Cahill finally curves it into the far netting. 1-1.
62nd-63rd minutes: Red Bulls put one header off crossbar, another off far post. Still 1-0 Sounders. Barely.
Second half: ... is under way. No changes for either team.
Halftime: Goals 1-0 SEA; shots 10-3 SEA; on target 3-2 SEA; corners 1-1; headed shots 3-1, SEA; crosses 14-8 SEA; possession 64.3% SEA.
45' Hand ball called in area in 44th minute. Brad Evans hits the PK low and right, just beyond diving Luis Robles. Seattle, 1-0.
First 15 minutes: Chances both ways. Sounders getting lots of dangerous crosses into the box. Scoreless.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue. Red Bulls in white/red. There's occasional rain, but the game-changer will be the gusty wind.
Lineups: For Sounders: G Gspurning; D Yedlin, Hurtado, Traore, Burch; M Neagle, Rosales, Alonso, Evans, F Martins, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Estrada, Ianni, Moffat, Remick, Rose, Zakuani. For New York: Robles; Kimura, Holgersson, Sekagya, Carney; Sam, Cahill, McCarty, Steele, Espindola, Luyindula. Reserves: Meara, Barklage, Miazga, Alexander, Obekop, Akpan, Bustamante.
Pregame: There's a light rain falling at CenturyLink Field about 90 minutes before the 6:10 p.m. first kick between the Sounders and the New York Red Bulls.
A New York win or draw, or Sounders win would send that team to the top of the MLS standings. A Sounders win along with a Dallas draw or loss would clinch a playoff spot for Seattle.
The game will be shown on ESPN, heard on usual radio outlets, and blogged here, with Twitter comments @donruiztnt. I'll be back with news as it happens ... probably beginning with tonight's lineups and rosters. [caption id="attachment_42453" align="aligncenter" width="480"] A mostly clean pitch for tonight's match after WSU-Standford football game last night.[/caption]