Late goal dooms Sounders FC to draw
Marc Burch had all he could do to control his emotions Saturday night after the New England Revolution stole a 2-2 tie in MLS action.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Marc Burch had all he could do to control his emotions Saturday night after the New England Revolution stole a 2-2 tie in MLS action.
Sounders FC led 2-1 when the game entered stoppage time.
Then, with barely a minute remaining, Diego Fagundez snapped home a header that extended the Sounders' MLS winless streak to eight games (0-4-4). New England (5-7-4), meanwhile, extended its undefeated streak to four games (1-0-3).
"We were 10 seconds from three points and we came out of here with one," said Burch. "It's frustration. I feel like things are against us right now.
"Their first goal was absolutely offside. It was a horrible call by the referee."
The goal Burch referred to came in the 12th minute.
Blake Brettschneider eluded two Seattle defenders as he dribbled into the box from the right wing. He crossed the ball to Saer Sene, who easily tapped it past Andrew Weber.
Burch didn't do a verbal tap dance when discussing Fagundez's goal.
"I lifted my head up and I saw what we were doing," Burch said. "I grabbed my man. Everybody grabbed their man. Zach (Scott) hit the slide because of something Pat (Ianni) did.
"I guess I should have slid over. I'll take the responsibility for it."
New England's lead lasted only 12 minutes because Seattle tied it on a well-executed play.
A wide-open Mauro Rosales lofted the ball into the box where a leaping Eddie Johnson snapped a header past Matt Reis and into the upper-right corner.
Johnson struck again in the 35th minute to give the Sounders (7-5-5) a 2-1 lead with a well-earned assist from Burch.
Burch hustled a good 50 yards deep into the left corner to prevent the ball from rolling over the sideline.
The Seattle defender then sent a long pass toward the far right post and Johnson emulated his first scoring play by heading the ball past Reis.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had high praise for Johnson's goal — as well as the way they were set up.
"Eddie played well," said Schmid. "We thought we could open up their center backs and we did. There were two good crosses, one from Mauro and one from Marc Burch. Two good headers by Eddie put us in position to win the game.
"(Burch) did well. We felt he could go forward on that side because Sene doesn't defend as much on that side. Obviously, he served a great ball."
Conversely, the Sounders — who were playing their third game in seven days — didn't have great legs as the game progressed.
"Mauro was tired and Johnson was pretty tired at the end," said Schmid. "If we had one more sub that could have made a difference.
"We have to take positives from this (game). We would have been much happier if we had gotten a win."
One negative was that Seattle allowed the first goal for the eighth game in a row.
"Playing from behind obviously is difficult," said Schmid. "But we came back tonight and got ourselves on top."
|Seattle||2 0 — 2|
|New England||1 1 — 2|
Seattle — Andrew Weber (Bryan Meredith, 46th), Adam Johansson, Patrick Ianni, Marc Burch, Zach Scott, Andy Rose, Mauro Rosales, Brad Evans (Alvaro Fernandez, 56th), Osvaldo Alonso, Alex Caskey (Leo Gonzalez, 80th), Eddie Johnson.
New England — Matt Reis, Florian Lechner (Diego Fagundez, 80th), Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Lee Nguyen, Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms (Kelyn Rowe, 64th), Shalrie Joseph, Blake Brettschneider (Fernando Cardenas, 71st), Saer Sene.