MLS Boxscore: Seattle Sounders 3 DC United 0
September 17, 2011
Qwest Field, Seattle
Referee: Kevin Stott
The Sounders bounced back from their last loss with a resounding 3-0 drubbing at the hands of DC United.
Even though Seattle won the match it may have been costly, as Mauro Rosales, who had 2 assists in the match and broke the Sounders record for assists in a season, injured his knee in the 89th minute and will have a MRI this week.
With the win the Sounders stayed in 2nd in the Western Conference, as they playoffs approach.
Mike Fucito scored in the 33rd minute sending a shot low to beat DC United G Joe Willis for his 2nd goal of the season There was 2minutes of injury time added in the first half and Seattle took advantage of it when Rosales sent a sweet pass to Álvaro Fernández, who buried a shot low right to give Seattle a 2-0 lead at the half.
Fernandez scored his 2nd goal in the 60th minute when Fredy Montero had a header and while Willis made the save Fernandez jumped on the free ball and scored to give the home team the 3-0 lead, which would stick.
DC United had 8 shots on mark in the game, but never really had great chances to score. After G Kasey Keller struggled in the last Seattle match he played well in this one and kept a clean sheet. For the match you could see that the Sounders were frustrated DC United, as United had 13 fouls while Seattle only had 2.
With only 5 more matches in MLS play the Sounders are, pretty much, a lock to make the playoffs, but they must end the season well not only to get some momentum, but also to assure some home matches in the playoffs. Home field is important to a Sounders’ squad that has set home attendance records in their 3 years in the league.
Next Up: The Sounders face Herediano on Tuesday in a CONCACAF Champions League match and they head north of the border to play Vancouver on Saturday.