The New England Revolution has been pretty awful this year so far. Its record coming into Seattle was 3-7-6 with 15 points and sat one spot above the bottom in the East. They haven’t won a road game yet this year and hadn’t won at all in six games.
Seattle has been getting better and stronger as the season has progressed, unbeaten in June and coming into this match after a big win against the New York Red Bulls. The Sounders had to start the match with a lineup shuffle again due to injury. Fredy Montero and Brad Evans were both unavailable, while Osvaldo Alonso and Leo Gonzales were serving a game suspension for yellow card accumulations.
Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest and the skies were bright blue at the opening kick off.
New England came out swinging, scoring early when Sainey Nyassi, whose brother Sanna is a former Sounders player, was left on his own just outside the box during a corner kick. Only three minutes into the match, Nyassi scored had no problem finishing the play and sent the ball into the net. It’s the first time Seattle allowed a goal from a corner in 2011.
The sunshine seemed to have the Sounders thinking more about the beach than the ball until Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan earned a yellow card for coming through Servando Carrasco in the 23rd minute. That incident fired up Seattle, leading to more focused and aggressive attacks.
The wake up call was answered in the 34th minute. Ryan Cochrane fouled Mauro Rosales going for a high ball. Tyson Wahl took a free kick and buried his first career and Sounders goal into the net, tying the score.
Seattle wasn’t done yet though. Just six minutes later, Alvaro Fernandez took a pass from Roger Levesque and hit the shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner of the net.
New England wasn’t giving up yet without a fight though. The remainder of the match was a lot of close calls and good saves. Seattle had the majority of possession but New England had the most shots.
Man of the Match:
The Sounders Osvaldo Alonso is a key player for the team, and his having to miss this game due to an accumulation of yellow cards did not bode well. Filling in for him and doing it well makes Mauro Rosales my man of the match.
The win makes it three wins in a row and a very nicely done unbeaten June. Overall, the Sounders are 8-4-7 with 31 points, still tied for second in the West with FC Dallas and 4 points behind the L.A. Galaxy.
The Sounders have a chance to close that gap when they travel to L.A. to take on the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on July 4, 2011.
Photo Credit: JOEL HAWKSLEY / THE SEATTLE TIMES