The Black-and-Red faced an uphill battle in Seattle last night, having to play with 10 men for all but 27 minutes. Fabian Espindola was ejected with a red card after a discussion after an offsides call. There didn’t appear to be much contact between him and the official, but the official first grabbed a yellow before switching to a red. United went on to play a solid first half down a man, there were a few occasions in which they got broken down out wide by the Sounders. They were able to battle the hatches and keep things scoreless at the half.
The second half went much like the first, only a bit more wide open for both sides. Neagle was an active pest in United’s side,but they kept him from tallying a goal. The Sounders struggled with the pressure Korb and Kemp were putting on their backs, United’s backs had to play an even bigger role in the attack as they were down a man up front.
The lone goal was scored by the Sounders Tyrone Mears, it was a spectacular strike. Took a lot of skill to strike that ball in that manner with that bend on it, in just one touch. Dkystra didn’t have a chance at that ball, don’t know if any keeper would. The goal came in the 88th minute, but the visiting team had a chance to deliver the equalizer just seconds later.
The Black-and-Red found themselves in Seattle’s box yet again, Nick DeLeon collected an errant pass and made a move to get free. He lofted a left footed shot that rose a bit higher than he would have liked as it hit the top of the crossbar.
Players who stood out in the loss
Nick DeLeon – The midfielder has been playing well recently, health playing a big factor. He’s been able to use his skill to open up pockets and passing lanes for teammates. His deft passing has created opportunities for teammates as well as himself, he’s also played a big role in helping DC sustain possession. He’s one of the few players outside of Rolfe and Espindola that can stay on the ball for long stretches. If he continues to play this way, the assists and goals will start flowing.
Taylor Kemp – He did a great job defending and providing great service into the box with his powerful left foot. He almost put one into the back of the net on a set piece, hitting the post in his attempt.
Chris Korb – With Espindola’s early exit, he pretty much owned that right sideline. Kemp did this as well, but Korb may have been a bit more aggressive pushing the ball upfield. He took on defenders in 1v1 situations and played several good balls into the attacking third, a great effort from him especially being a man down.
Chris Rolfe – His partner up front was escorted off early due to a red card, Rolfe played even bigger than he usually does. Occupying centre backs, giving his teammates a target upfront. He did well with the extra attention sent his way, dealing with the physicality.