Sounders remain unbeaten in preseason after draw against Dynamo

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Obafemi Martins netted his third preseason goal drawing Seattle level with Houston.

The Houston Dynamo used a quick restart and Brad Davis goal to pull ahead of Seattle Sounders FC in the 14th minute. Shortly thereafter the Orange netted a second, but the offside flag was up. Sounders FC used their own quick restart to get the leveler. Yedlin threw in to Lamar Neagle who crossed it Obafemi Martins. Oba nodded home the goal in the 44th.

Sigi Schmid put out a lineup that was a mix of First XI and likely rotational players. Dom Kinnear's squad was a straight First XI. Both switched massively in the second half. Kinnear went with a full line change. Seattle kept in Stefan Frei, but all other men were swapped out. Late in the match Sigi made two more changes so a total of 23 players earned time.

With the one point Seattle has a temporary lead in the Carolina Challenge Cup at four points. D.C. United is at three and play the host Charleston Battery in the late match on Wednesday evening.

In the first half Seattle's more threatening attacks flowed through DeAndre Yedlin and Martins. In the second 45 that responsibility laid at the feet of Marco Pappa and trialist Kevin Parsemain. In a match that includes both Yedlin and Pappa the club would have plenty of width. Without it was quite lopsided. The lack of a central creator meant that one of the forwards dropped back regularly.

The first half play was bookended the Davis goal with high pressure from Seattle leading rapid transitions to the attack. Speed of thought and reading runs lead to numerous turnovers in the final third, but they created danger more than they accepted it.

On at least two occasions the corner service set Chad Marshall up for shots on goal. His best attempt hit Zach Scott attempting a redirect.

Halftime changed a bit of the play from Seattle. There was a bit more patience, and many more touches. Parsemain, Bowen and Pappa all looked to dribble more than early squad did. They connected their passes a touch more often, frequently fed Cam Weaver in dangerous spaces, but did not net a goal. Houston's play was more frenetic. Pushing forward rapidly. It most often stopped when Johnson took shots from between thirty and forty yards out.

Seattle's last scheduled preseason match (barring another college game being added) is Saturday against United.

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