MLS Boxscore: Sounders 0 Union 2
The Seattle Sounders had their 3-match winning streak snapped when they lost 2-0 to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
October 8, 2011
Qwest Field, Seattle
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Seattle looked like they came out flat and that is not surprising since they are coming off their 3rd straight US Open Cup win in their last match.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after the match, “For us it wasn’t our best game. I know we’ve been on some emotional highs the last two weeks and sometimes you come out a little bit flat, and they were a little bit flat today especially in the first half.”
The first half was less than exciting, to say the least, as both teams combined for only 4 shots. The game was knotted at 0-0 at halftime and the first goal of the game came from Philly Fw Freddy Adu, who got a cross from Gabriel Farfan and one-timed it past G Kasey Keller.
Adu, who is the former “savior of American soccer, scored his 2nd goal of the season since he came over in a transfer from Portugal’s Benfica on August 12th.
The Union added to the lead only 9 minutes later when Bryan Carroll buried a ball low off a great pass from former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux.
The Sounders only had 2 legit chances to score, even though they out-shot the Union 11-5 in the match, with Brad Evans missing an open goal on a left foot shot that went high and right in the 36th minute and then Evans hit the post in the 52nd minute.
It was not much of a surprise that the Sounders struggled on offense since their top 3 scorers were out for the match. Leading scorer Fredy Montero was serving a suspension because of accumulated yellow cards and Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez were out due to injuries.
The loss for Seattle gave L.A. their 4th Supporters’ Shield for the best regular-season record in the MLS. The win by the Union moved them into first place in the Eastern Conference. Even with the loss the Sounders will likely finish in 2nd place in the Western Conference and it is not a stretch to think they will face Philly in the MLS finals.
Next Up: On October 15th the Sounders will host the San Jose Earthquakes, who are already out of the playoff picture.