Sounders tie New York in disappointing home draw

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With biblical floods and winds Seattle Sounders FC only managed a draw against the visiting squad. Wasted chances in the first third of the match left the Rave Green dreaming of a Shield that they can not yet claim.

Still controlling their own destiny Seattle Sounders FC lost a bit of momentum due to poor finishing and a lack of communication in the final third. Brad Evans earned and finished the penalty kick that put the club ahead in the 45th minute. A Tim Cahill finish after a scramble in the box brought the game back level.

Seattle is now 38-0-10 when scoring first, but this was a match that should have resulted in the 39th win. The first thirty or so minutes the home side dominated. While the gave up that dominance they did not deserve a loss. Fortune smiled on the Sounders when the crossbar and post saved a few clear opportunities. It frowned on them when they could not finish their chances nor put the final pas in on what would be clear goal scoring chances.

Weather clearly affected the match. Long balls up off the ground hung and let the defense set. On too many occasions normally playable balls at the edge of the touch zone went untouched. Still, the Seattle club dominated early. The midfield contest was all Sounders FC. The final third was more of a mixed bag.

While chance creation was neutral the opportunities to lay claim to the soaked land went unfinished.

When Brad Evans burst through along that right side of the 18 he could have crossed it cleanly, instead he crossed it to a place where the only obstacle was a Red Bull arm. That call went Seattle's way and Evans finished his penalty kick with ease.

The next thirty minutes were also in Seattle's favor. And then New York got a glimmer of faith and hope. They managed to find the net while charging through a defense that got a bit worn down spending so much time in the New York defensive third.

Gspurning had the good fortune of the posts and bar not equaling goals. Eventually the attack would not be stopped and Cahill would put it in the net.

Seattle is third, or first, or something in the Supporters' Shield standings with the most matches yet to play. Those games in hand only matter if they play as they did for the first 60 minutes. Otherwise they can have noble results that  get the club into the Playoffs the fifth straight year.

This draw diminished the shots of a new trophy.

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