Twice Seattle Sounders FC needed to chase a deficit. Twice they did. But their two come-from-behind goals were only enough to draw level with D.C. United. The other Washington wins the Carolina Challenge Cup on goal differential. Kenny Cooper and Marco Pappa netted for Seattle while D.C. saw Espindola and Kitchen score.
Less than 10 minutes into the match Sounders fans were reminded of the importance a single call has in the game. Shortly after Chad Marshall was thrown down during an attacking set-play in the box a Seattle player was called for a penalty on the other end. New United player Fabian Espindola put the PK away.
Seattle continued their preseason tactic of high pressure and rapid transitions. Dylan Remick slotted a cross in from deep territory forcing a 50/50 situation between Cooper and Dykstra (United Keeper). Cooper won that contest and earned a headed goal.
The remainder of the first half saw Sounders FC with more possession and more chances created. Marshall continued to threaten on dead-ball plays but did not convert.
Despite controlling most set-plays it was a corner where a Seattle defensive error left Perry Kicthen open off the far post. His volley off the corner put D.C. up again.
Continuing to pressure the Rave Green saw waves of attack mainly coming from the right. Brad Evans worked free dropped and an exchange with Marco Pappa gave the Guatemalan a shot to level the score at 2-2 in the 63rd.
The Black & Red struggled to deal with the speed from both Yedlin and Remick. Late in the second half the only way that United could handle Yedlin at a full sprint was to take him out. Yedlin left the pitch under a limp several minutes later, but was subbed out in a three-man change. Chistian left the match with a straight red.
Don Ruiz has this update post game from Charleston
Schmid says Yedlin rolled ankle he had had troubles with earlier. DeAndre, at least, doesn't believe it will be serious.— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) March 2, 2014
Up a man Seattle Sounders FC would regularly challenge the goal. Rose, Parsemain, Martins and Neagle all had opportunities to win it, but none converted. When the whistle finally sounded Seattle ended preseason with a 4-0-2 +4 GD against pro teams. They also beat the College of Charleston 5-0 and Coastal Carolina 2-1.
Seattle faces Sporting Kansas City in MLS First Kick Saturday the 8th at Noon Pacific. The match will be on NBC Sports.