FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 30: Eddie Johnson #7 of the Seattle Sounders FC celebrates his first goal of the night with teammates against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on June 30, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
That's what a gut punch feels like. No, the Seattle Sounders did not "deserve" three points on Saturday. They were outplayed for significant portions of the match and were basically just praying to run the clock out by the end.
But you can definitely say they "should" have gotten three points instead of the one they'll receive after Diego Fagundez scored at the death to tie 2-2 against the New England Revolution. It was the first time the Sounders had ever failed to win a game when they were leading that late.
As ragged as the Sounders looked at times, they managed to overcome an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead off a pair of Eddie Johnson goals and were poised to end this unbelievably frustrating eight-match winless run. They had done a decent job of creating some chances, did a better job of finishing the few they did get and would have won the game if not for a couple egregious calls that didn't go their way.
Saer Sene seemed to be clearly offside on his goal and we'll probably never know how Alvaro Fernandez got called for a foul while being kicked in the back on a decision that would have likely ended the game if it had gone the Sounders' way.
This game hurts, but there are at least some reasons to believe the Sounders made some forward progress in this one.
The performance of Johnson can not be overlooked. He absolutely had his best match in Rave Green and would have been the clear story if the Sounders had held on. Both of his goals showed a great presence and ball-winning ability. Mauro Rosales' pass on the first one was an absolute beauty. Unfortunately, Marc Burch's assist on the second goal may have been his only real positive performance as he was in the middle of both the Revolution's goal-scoring plays.
There are no obvious fixes, but the Sounders clearly need to figure this out quick. They now face Real Salt Lake on Wednesday without Osvaldo Alonso, who will miss the game with yellow-card accumulation.