The Seattle Sounders hit the road this weekend in Major League Soccer action, visiting the New England Revolution in a match to keep their Supporters' Shield hopes alive.
The Sounders have already clinched their spot in the MLS playoffs, while the Revolution sit second-to-last in the standings with no hopes of postseason soccer. Still, despite knowing that their MLS Cup knockout round ticket has already been punched, the Seattle side had plenty to fight for with their eyes still on the league's top honor: the MLS Supporters' Shield.
Despite their hopes of catching the LA Galaxy in the race for the Shield, the Sounders made the most changes they've made all season to their lineup between two MLS matches. The team fielded nearly a full squad of non-starters with the intention of resting players for a hugely important U.S. Open Cup final against Chicago on Tuesday.
Oddly enough, one of those many changes included moving Seattle striker Roger Levesque to the right-back position for regular starter James Riley.
The lack of experience became evident early on for the Sounders, conceding their first goal of the night in the 35th minute to a hard-attacking New England squad that hoped to take advantage of the situation. However, just one minute later, Fredy Montero netted the equalizer and his third goal in just two league matches.
Montero wasn't done, either. Three minutes into the second half, he scored the winning goal and earned his second brace in two games, demonstrating a form that Seattle fans desperately hope he can maintain well into the MLS playoffs.
With a Galaxy victory over Real Salt Lake later in the day, the victory did little to help Seattle's chances of earning the Supporters' Shield in this campaign. The club will have to find another route into the CONCACAF Champions League if they wish to compete in the tournament in 2012-13.
That opportunity could come on Tuesday, as Seattle take on the Chicago Fire at Century-Link Field to try and win their third consecutive Open Cup title and a ticket to the Champions League for a third year in a row.