The Colorado Rapids traveled to Seattle yesterday, April 14, making their first visit since Rapids player Brian Mullan broke Sounders Steve Zakuani’s leg, ending Zakuani’s season.
Zakuani is still rehabbing from the horrific injury almost a year later. Sounders fans made sure Mullan knew it wasn’t forgotten either, booing him every time he moved, from pregame introductions to the final whistle.
Mullan almost got another dagger in when he appeared to score in the 33rd minute. Mullan took the rebound from an Omar Cummings shot and put it into the back of the net. Luckily for Seattle, and for the fans already lusting for his blood, Mullan had strayed offside before getting the rebound.
The first half was pretty evenly matched. After the halftime break, Seattle came out and dominated. The Sounders out shot Colorado 12-1 in the second half.
Leading the way was forward Fredy Montero. The leading scorer last season for Seattle, Fredy has yet to score this season. He looked dangerous all day, particularly with his high energy play and excellent passing. Montero has gotten the reputation for being a little lazy off the ball. If it’s true, he’s changed for the better because this season, he is one of the most active Seattle players.
Montero was paired up front with Eddie Johnson. The two looked better together and Johnson, if he stays healthy, this could turn out to be one of the deals of the year.
For all that, the match stayed scoreless up to the 63rd minute, thanks to a great effort by Rapids keeper Matt Pickens. Pickens seemed to have made it his personal mission to keep Montero off the score sheet, turning in an excellent result against Montero.
In that 63rd minute though, it wasn’t Montero that beat Pickens. No, it was Zach Scott, an original Sounders player when the team moved to the MLS, a player that hadn’t scored in 2,048 MLS minutes, the longest scoring drought in Sounders history.
Scott was on the receiving end of an Alex Caskey corner kick, heading the ball neatly passed Pickens and launching the fireworks in Seattle. The goal was the first for Seattle in 306 minutes, a period that covered four matches. Ironically, it was Caskey’s first MLS assist as well.
For that, as well as his sterling defense, Zach Scott is my Man of the Match.
Despite the emotions, the match was a clean one up to the 87th minute. That’s when Sounders fan favorite Mullan picked up a yellow card for a hard tackle on Osvaldo Alonso. In the pushing and shoving that followed, Montero picked up a yellow as well.
It’s a little disturbing that Montero and Johnson are still looking for their first goals this late in the season. Seattle is going to need the scoring to come from the scorers. It looks like it’s only a matter of time before both find the net, and scoring does come in bunches.
Seattle’s record is now 3-1-1, good for 10 points and third place in the Western Conference.
The Sounders travel to Chicago to take on the Fire on April 28 for their next match.
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