Sounders advance behind Evans, Johnson leaving behind woes, tribulation

Slay all dragons - Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

At times dominant, at times ineffective and at times down right frightening Seattle Sounders FC advanced in the MLS Cup Playoffs as Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson score. Gspurning and Hahnemann combined on an unconventional shutout.

The second season starts with a win over the headless Colorado Rapids. Brad Evans scored the initial blow to weaken the chances of the Denver side. 'Creative' defending by Michael Gspurning gave the opponent a chance, but Eddie Johnson pulled out his long sword and finished the match ending all chances of a loss.

Questionable calls would not stop Seattle. They would not hurt Seattle. The proper call for Gspurning's red also didn't hurt Seattle. The diamond was hard. Its vorpal blade cut through Colorado early. Sounders FC has not lost in 50 matches when scoring first. In the MLS Cup Playoffs that number becomes even more important.

Evans put Seattle up early. It was a calm finish in after the ball knocked around a bit. He was in the right space, because he's Brad. He finished well. His celebration was simple - he kissed the badge.

That was when Seattle dominated. Later things got hairy. DeAndre Yedlin took a knock and was forced out. Burch came on at half. The shape did not shift. Evans slipped to right back, Moffat to right mid and Burch was the left mid.

Things then got interesting. Clint Dempsey was free on goal. Clint Irwin got in the way. Only a yellow was called. Shortly after a Rapids player palmed the ball. It wasn't called at all. The momentum was slipping away.

The Rapids played the ball long and Gspurning left the box. He used his hands and was rightly called for a foul. His red shown and Seattle was forced a second sub. Dire times seemed to be ahead.

Down a man could Seattle protect the narrow lead of a single goal?

Eddie Johnson answered. YES THEY CAN. As Marcus Hahnemann organized the defense and maintained the two keeper shutout Seattle kept attacking. Finally the US National Team friends connected. Clint to Eddie to Goal.

CLINT TO EDDIE TO GOAL.

In extra time the monster was slain. Hope lives. Seattle advances. The second season continues.

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