Sounders absorb Impact, score twice on road

Two goal wins on the road are rare in MLS. Seattle Sounders FC just did that.

In a match that could have forced Seattle Sounders FC to reevaluate themselves, they instead rolled out a new formation and two goals. Without Dempsey (suspension) and Evans (injury) the new 4-3-3 proved to be both potent in the attack and stout in the back. Lamar Neagle's header on goal ricocheted off of Perkins' back and into the net. Later Kenny Cooper assisted Oba Martins from a wide position to put Sounders FC up 2-nil.

While the Montreal Impact threatened throughout the match, they did so with little space to shoot and few second chances. Stefan Frei was a catcher of the ball rather than a slapper. Seattle's defense was strong and the only player to break them down is Defoe.

Sigi Schmid started the day with a 4-3-3. All three midfielders are traditional CDMs. There was doubt that they would create enough chances. Instead Seattle consistently threatened via the counter-attack and used set-pieces to declare their presence.

Lamar Neagle started as a left wing in the 4-3-3. He hit woodwork twice and his most potent attempt was one from a dead ball header that bounced into Perkins and into the net. That 8th minute goal put the road side up. The already defensive lineup was able to take advantage.

In the second half the other winger provided the action. Kenny Cooper chipped it into Obafemi Martins who slammed it home. Perkins again touched the ball but failed to stop it.

Seattle had some issues. For a midfield that was so defensive the Impact found it easy to get through, but when ever they did there was a Sounder present. Marshall and Traore had strong games. Sigi's defensive posture got stronger with each sub. The two-nil lead was locked down as Azira, Gonzalez and Weaver came on.

Seattle now has 2 wins with their loss. That's good for 2nd in the West and 4th overall.

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