Seattle Bounces Back in the Big Apple
After the humiliating defeat to LA in week seven, Seattle was hoping for an easier ride this past weekend.
On paper though, it was one of their toughest games of the season. They traveled to New York, facing the Hans Backe's men in Red Bull Arena, where New York was yet taste defeat.
Going into the game, fans of both sides would have been expecting a high quality MLS game.
Sadly, that wasn't the case last night.
In a lackluster first half, there was little noteworthy action.
The best chance falling to the Sounders came after a poor pass from Dane Richards was cut out by Steve Zakuani, who went on surging run past the fullback and played in "Designated Player" Freddie Ljunberg. Ljunberg though was taken out by Danleigh Borman on the edge of the box, the referee waving away claims of a foul in the process.
New York's best chance came courtesy of a free-kick by their 'DP' Juan Pablo Angel. His effort grazing the top of Kasey Keller's cross-bar.
The second half sadly didn't improve, both teams seemed to be lacking any confidence.
Seattle again came close on the ten minutes into the half when Sanna Nyassi saw his tame effort intercepted by Borman after going around the Red Bulls Keeper Bouna Coundoul.
Frustrations boiled over in the 70th minute. The Seattle players were enraged with New York midfielder Joel Lindpere when he took a dive.
A confrontation between both sets of players ensued, with Tyrone Marshall and Seth Stammler receiving yellow card for their part.
In the 78th minute the Sounders brought on Columbian striker Fredy Montero. Montero, who is usually a starter, was dropped to the bench in a shuffling of the pack by Coach Sigi Schmid.
It didn't take the little Columbian long to leave his mark on the game. In the 85th minute he slipped coolly finished a trough ball from US international Brad Evans.
It was enough to give the Sounders their third victory of the season, and condemn the Red Bulls to back to back defeats for the first time this year.
Don't be surprised to see Montero back in the starting XI for Seattle next week either.
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