September 29th will be remembered by Sounders fans as a rain soaked disappointment. The Sounders blew the chance to take a commanding lead in the Supporters Shield race and to put a little doubt into the minds of the chase pack.
The Sounders dominated the first half while New York sat back looking to get out of Seattle with nil-nil draw. A hand ball in the box just before halftime changed the game. Brad Evans proved he is the Sounders penalty kick specialist with a calmly slotted goal.
At the start of the second half it was obvious New York was not going down without a fight. They pushed higher up the field and took it to the Sounders at times. With two balls off the post it would be hard to say the Red Bulls didn’t deserve the equalizer.
The Sounders may have also learned an important lesson about the trio of striker. There was a running theme throughout the night of Eddie Johnson and Oba Martins pointing and yelling at each other. It looks like Eddie and Oba may have too big of personalities to play as strike partners. They struggled all night to link together and on almost every occasion turned to argue about who was at fault while the play past them by. Arguing with a teammate period is unacceptable but to do so during the run of play is a travesty. Sigi needs to put an end to the bickering and if it continues put a stop to it by benching one of them.
The best attacking move of the night came when Lamar Neagle pushed up top with Oba and Eddie drifted out left. Oba received the ball at the top of the box and found Neagle towing the line who flicked the ball over the defender to an on rushing Eddie. If not for a fantastic save from the Red Bull’s keeper it would have been a beautiful goal.
With Eddie out on the left and Neagle partnering with Oba there might be enough room on the pitch for Eddie and Oba to stay out of each other’s way. When Dempsey is healthy Eddie may be the one on the bench if he and Oba are unable to find some kind of chemistry. Eddie and Oba have a few days of practice to get their issues sorted out and show Sigi they can work together or I would expect to find Eddie on the bench in Colorado.