Seattle traveled to the nation’s capital on Wednesday to take on a DC United team it has dominated the last couple of seasons. Not only did Seattle have history on its side but DC had given up eight goals in its last two games, and its young defense looked more like a sieve than a wall.
The Sounders came out fast and strong, trying to push the pace and overwhelm the young and shaky DC defense. Seattle forwards Fredy Montero and Nate Jaqua were more than enough for DC defenders Dejan Jakovic and Ethan White.
Despite the strong start, Seattle failed to finish the deal. Within the first 10 minutes, things were turning around as the Sounders looked like the less energetic team against a team that was desperate to turn its fortunes around.
And turn around it did, as DC took advantage of flat Seattle play and bad passing to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Both of DC’s goals came on poor play by the Seattle backline. The first came in the 31st minute and was a mistake by the usually solid Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Hurtado tried to cut off a pass from DC’s Andy Najar to Charlie Davies but missed badly. Davies found himself with acres of space on the right side of the box and found Josh Wolff waiting on the left side. Davies rolled a nice pass to Wolff, who put it past Sounders keeper Kasey Keller.
Only 21 minutes later, the roles were reversed as Wolff set up Davies with a beautiful cross. Davies easily slotted the goal for his sixth of the season, a total that leads the MLS.
At the 59th minute, Seattle manager Sigi Schmid had seen enough and sent in midfielder Mauro Rosales for defender James Riley to try and pressure the DC backline. Roger Levesque came in for Nate Jaqua in the 64th minute, but it was Fredy Montero who struck gold finally in the 71st minute, albeit in the form of drawing a penalty kick.
Montero was brought down by Jakovic in the box and referee Hilario Grajeda immediately pointed to the spot. Brad Evans calmly put the ball in the net for his team-leading fourth goal and second penalty in two games.
Seattle ratcheted up the heat, trying to get the equalizer, but DC keeper Bill Hamid came alive. He stopped a beautiful header from Alvaro Fernandez in the 73rd minute, as well as a great shot by Montero in the 76th minute.
My Man of the Match is going to be DC United keeper Bill Hamid for his late match heroics.
The 2-1 loss stops Seattle’s six-game unbeaten streak as well as DC’s two game losing streak.
The Sounders are now 3-3-3 on the season and travel to Columbus to face the Crew on Saturday.
Photos by Ned Dishman/Seattle Sounders FC