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Sounders draw Rapids in game that feels like draw

Yedlin's 65th minute goal tied the match at one-one. It felt right as the Seattle Sounders missed a few opportunities and the Colorado Rapids played stout defense.


Drew Moor opened scoring in the game with a set-piece goal that just got by Andrew Weber when Nick LaBrocca served the ball on the corner. Seattle Sounders FC responded quickly. Five minutes later a Lamar Neagle shot banged off the far post. DeAndre Yedlin picked up the scraps but was blocked by Clint Irwin, but Yedlin would not be denied as he became the youngest Sounder to score in MLS play.

The one-one result was fair as the Rapids defensive structure played to Seattle's cross and route one game. With six players often behind the ball the Sounders needed impeccable service. They did not have that, though Burch's set-play balls were good, the team did not use just the defender/midfielder on dead balls as Neagle, Burch, Rosales, Carrasco and Alonso would all take kicks.

Defense on stoppages would not go as well. A missed assignment and a keeper that feels he failed to save the ball would be Colorado's route to goal.

"Unfortunate on the goal; I mistimed it a little bit," Andrew Weber said post match, "the wind caught it. I got my fingertips on it; I think I killed it. Drew Moor was wide open and just tucked it away so it's unfortunate but we came back."

There were some positives. Mauro Rosales played as well as he had on the year. He was creative both from the middle and out wide. He used crafty footwork to open space and serve the ball while working small and long passes. Alonso had his usual stellar match. He covered as much ground as he has in his five years for in green and created several opportunities. And Yedlin, the youngster continues to set Sounders' records while improving on defense. The Seattle native was effective with the ball at his feet. More importantly he stopped attacks against him not just due to speed, but because his defense is good.

Bad plays also happened. The substitution patterns meant that Seattle was in its most extreme asymmetry yet with Obafemi Martins as a CAM and Yedlin playing two positions while rookie Zavaleta was a target man. The choices were limited, but sometimes staying with what got you there is better. Hurtado again had a mental error. It was his Scott/Rosales' marking that left Moor open for the shot that Weber could not stop. Servando Carrasco was indifferent in a match that he needed to be definitive. His lack of play increased pressure on Alonso that limited the Cuban's effectiveness in attack.

One point is disappointing. It is also deserved. Neither team outplayed the other. Sometimes a draw feels like a draw.

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