Four times this season, Seattle Sounders FC has conceded the first goal and then rallied back for points.
The latest in the line of comebacks played out Saturday at rainy CenturyLink Field, where the Sounders fell behind the Philadelphia Union in the 13th minute before rallying for a 2-1 win behind second-half goals from Obafemi Martins and Chad Marshall.
Philadelphia took its lead on a free kick from about 35 yards sailed into heavy traffic in front of the Seattle goal and skimmed off of Brad Evans head and into the goal.
Seattle had chances early and late in the opening half. In the seventh minute, Lamar Neagle sent a shot off of the crossbar from about 12 yards out.
In the 40th minute, the Sounders were awarded a penalty kick after a Philadelphia hand ball in the box. Osvaldo Alonso knocked the kick low and to the right corner, but Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath reached it just in time to nudge it off of the upright.
The Sounders finally got one through in the 61st minute when Evans fought for a high ball in the box and nodded it down to Obafemi Martins, who scored from 6 yards out.
Seattle’s game-winner came in the 84th minute, when Marshall headed in a corner kick launched by Marco Pappa.
The win kept Seattle (6-2-1) atop the league standings. Philadelphia fell to 1-4-5.
The result ended a league-high streak of six straight games in which Clint Dempsey figured in the scoring.
The Sounders return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when FC Dallas visits CenturyLink.
84' GOAL Sounders. Chad Marshall on header from corner kick. Seattle, 2-1
61' GOAL Sounders. Evans fights to get header to Oba, who finishes from 6 yards. 1-1.
51' First Sounders sub, Marco Pappa on for Dylan Remick. Evans slides to left back.
Second half: ... has begun. No changes on either side.
Halftime: Philly up 1-0. One of those nights for Sounders so far. One shot off crossbar. PK stopped. Trail on own goal.
Shots, 7-5 PHI; on target 2-1 SEA; corners 1-0 PHI, duels won 58% PHI; possession, 51.4 SEA.
40: Sounders awarded PK after hand ball in box. Dempsey hands ball to Ozzie. His stike to low corner is touched wide by MacMath. Union still up, 1-0.
13' GOAL Union. Free kick from about 36 yards ends up headed into net. Ruled on own goal after initially being credited to Edu. Philly, 1-0.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Union in navy/navy.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Frei; D Yedlin, Traore, Marshall, Remick; M Evans, Pineda, Alonso, Neagle; F Dempsey, Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Anibaba, Rose, Pappa, Barrett, Cooper.
For Union: MacMath, Gaddis, Wheeler, Okugo, Williams, Carroll (c), Edu, Nogueira, Maidana, Wenger, Le Toux. Reserves: Blake, Berry, Fabinho, Lahoud, Fernandes, Hoppenot, Casey.
It's rainy at CenturyLink Field about two hours before first kick between the Sounders and Philadelphia Union.
Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be shown on Channel 13/Fox and heard on the usual radio outlets. We'll also blog it here, with additional news and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.We'll be back with lineups, probably between 60-30 minutes before the match.