Andy Rose scored in stoppage time to get Seattle Sounders FC a wild 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake on Friday at CenturyLink Field.
Both teams held and lost leads along the way, and RSL played the final 21 minutes shorthanded after a straight red card to defender Ned Borchers.
However, Seattle couldn’t get that advantage to show on the scoreboard until Rose got to a loose ball in the penalty area and fired it back past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
“It shows our character and the team’s belief that 1-nothing is nothing and we can come back from that,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “The stats in this league are overwhelming that once you go down, you generally lose the game. So fighting that stat, I think, and doing the opposite is always a good thing.”
The result keeps Seattle (17-7-3) atop Major League Soccer, four points ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the same number of games, and eight points ahead of Salt Lake (12-6-10) with one game in hand.
“It was tremendous to get the three points,” Schmid said. “A big win for us in terms of separation and staying in first place and continuing to push for the Supporters Shield.”Final:
ST: GOAL Sounders. Andy Rose rebound. Seattle leads 3-2 with stoppage time down to fumes.
68' Straight red. as Borchers pulls down Martins on his way to goal. Just outside box though, for free kick not penalty kick. RSL will play the final 20-plus minutes a man down.
65' Rose in, Pineda out.
Tonight's attendances: 38,976 for Sounders-RSL at CenturyLink; 29,090 for Mariners-A's across the street at Safeco.
50' GOAL RSL. Plata from just outside area, takes a deflection off Alonso, then off far post and trickles in. 2-2.
Second half: ... has begun. No changes.
Halftime: Sounders come from behind for 2-1 lead.
Halftime: Goals 2-1 SEA; shots 10-3 SEA; on target 5-1 SEA; corners 3-1 RSL; duels won 59% SEA; possessioon 50.9% RSL.
43' GOAL Sounders. Dempsey to Oba. Martins has been dangerously around the goal all night. That's his team-leading 13th. Sounders, 2-1.
38' GOAL Sounders. Neagle from roughly his hometown of Federal Way. The kind of strike they write songs about. Holy moly. Even 1-1.
30' GOAL RSL. Mullholland to Morales in a truly amazing amount of space inside the area and
clean finish to far post. RSL, 1-0.
20' Martins takes nice little touch header from Marshall in front of goal, but sends shot off the crossbar.
First 15 minutes: Scoreless. Pretty even. No great chances.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way, Sounders in rave/blue; RSL in red/red.
Both teams came out for the anthem in yellow-ribbon "Soccer kicks cancer" T-shirts.
Lineups: For Sounders: Sounders: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Evans, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle; Dempsey, Martins. Bench: Ford, Rose, Anibaba, Azira, Cooper, Barrett, Okoli.
For RSL: Rimando; Beltran, Schuler, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman; Grabavoy, Mulholland, Morales; Plata, Findley .Pregame: It's sunny and warm at CenturyLink Field about two and a half hours before first kick of the Sounders-Real Salt Lake match.
Coverage on NBCSN will begin at 7:30, but actual first kick is set for 7:53. We'll also keep the blog going before, during and after the match, as well as updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt. The game also will be heard on the usual radio outlets.
The Mariners play the Athletics at 7:10 p.m. across the street at Safeco Field, so there is more early traffic in the area and prices seem up in the lots around the stadium area.