Mauro Rosales' equalizer helps Sounders salvage 2-2 tie
Seattle held on for a draw despite being down to nine men by the end of the match after Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin received red cards.
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CHESTER, Pa. — After seeing their lead turn into a deficit in a brief, devastating two-minute sequence, the Sounders managed to scratch their way back against the Philadelphia Union.
Mauro Rosales scored in the 64th minute to help the Sounders earn a 2-2 tie and overcome goals from Philadelphia's Danny Cruz in the 50th and 51st minutes in front of 18,344 at PPL Park. But the result was soured by a flurry of red cards as the Union's Sheanon Williams and the Sounders' Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin were sent off in the final five minutes.
"I'm not happy we got down 2-1 and had two red cards," said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who'll be without Neagle and Yedlin on Wednesday at Kansas City. "I'm happy we came back and equalized the game."
Even before the red cards that left Seattle (1-3-3) with nine men in the final minutes, Schmid was without three injured starters to start the game, as well as Osvaldo Alonso, who stayed home with his wife as she gave birth to a daughter on Friday.
But the lineup clicked early when Eddie Johnson, back in action after missing three games, headed Rosales' corner kick past Philadelphia's Zac MacMath at the nine-minute mark.
Cruz, however, responded for the Union (3-3-3) early in the second half when he hammered home a rebound past goalkeeper Michael Gspurning after Conor Casey's header bounced off the post.
A minute later, Cruz struck again, slotting the ball past Gspurning from just inside the top of the penalty area after Seattle failed to clear the ball, putting Seattle behind for the first time since a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on March 30.
But the Sounders drew even when Rosales gently volleyed Leo Gonzalez's cross past MacMath at the far post to equalize.
"We didn't come out with the same concentration in the second half," Rosales said. "Sometimes it's tough when you have 4-5 players injured and you can't play the same team two games straight.
"They got confidence to go ahead and score goals but we got it back quickly. We're happy to get the point."
That point wasn't a sure thing until after a chippy finish. Neagle and Williams were red-carded in the 85th minute after a shoving match near the Union goal. Five minutes later, Yedlin was sent off for a sliding tackle on Michael Farfan near midfield.
"Two teams playing for three points," said Johnson, who also collected a yellow card during stoppage time for a hard tackle. "That shows the passion of the game. The most important thing to us was trying to keep their crowd out of the game. I thought we weathered the storm and got a goal to tie it.
"It was a good football match. A chippy game, but that's part of it."
|Seattle||1 1 — 2|
|Philadelphia||0 2 — 2|
Seattle — Michael Gspurning, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Alex Caskey (Mario Martinez, 62nd), Lamar Neagle, Servando Carrasco, Mauro Rosales (David Estrada, 83rd), Brad Evans (Andy Rose, 74th), Eddie Johnson.
Philadelphia — Zac MacMath, Jeff Parke (Gabriel Farfan, 45th+), Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot, 72nd), Keon Daniel, Jack McInerney (Sebastien Le Toux, 85th), Conor Casey.