SOUNDERS RESILIENT ON DEFENSE The New York Red Bulls (2-1) strolled intro Century Link Field with the best record in the Eastern Conference Sunday Night and a roster that had last year’s top goal scorer in Bradley Wright-Philips and top assist man in Sacha Kljestan.
The Sounders were without suspended Center Back Roman Torres.
But after a furious rally under interim coach Brian Schmetzer, Seattle had a chance to clinch a postseason berth with a victory Wednesday over hapless Houston.
That didn’t happen: The two teams settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw in front of 39,772 fans at Century Link Field.
Their next chance comes Sunday at FC Dallas, followed by a home finale Oct. “We are going to go to Dallas and try and get a result,” Schmetzer said. Things happen.” Against a clog-the-middle Houston defense, Seattle did everything but score for the first 60 minutes, rifling 11 shots on goal, playing 10 corner kicks and applying constant pressure.
And in the 62nd minute, on came Nelson Valdez, a trusted goal-scoring finisher for the Sounders.
Montréal Impact: ,153,800.50 / ,962,508.84 ( 7,500.00 / 1,500.00, no change)10.
In addition to the money figures, there's a note on how much each club has moved within the rankings since the last salary data release. Toronto FC: ,283,775.00 / ,529,800.23 (-0,875.00 / -8,708.34, no change)2.The Sounders ability to play team defense passed its sternest test of the day when Fisher left the game due to an injury and was replaced by Roldan who was playing midfield at the time.Alvaro Fernandez entered the game and stepped in for Roldan in the midfield SOUNDERS BEAT THE PRESS The Sounders solid defensive play neutralized the Red Bulls offense despite the visitors winning the possession battle ( 52% to 47%).Apparently the Seattle Sounders are going to stick with being annoyingly suspenseful for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season.Two months ago, they were so far off the playoff radar, they were essentially left for dead.