A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss, the late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo led early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.
That first half saw the Sounders force Houston's counters into ineffective crosses or shots from distance. Barnes was the only one that could beat Stefan Frei on the night.
Despite a final 50+ minutes where Sigi Schmid's side dominated possession, they also failed to get effective shots off. Backup keeper Joe Willis was rarely challenged. Both Oalex Anderson (on for Kovar at 63') and Herculez Gomez (for Jordan Morris at 79') provided an energy that was lacking early in the match.
But the memories will be of the final five or so minutes when Marshall was shifted up as a forward. Seattle just kept dumping the ball into his big head. With Marshall winning the balls in the air and the urgency from Oalex and Herc, the team took to life. In the added time Seattle refused to accept the seemingly-inevitable loss.
Marshall's goal is only the second from Seattle in the run of play. The forwards still aren't threatening, but this is a stolen road point. When a team is near the bottom of the standings, force of will may be enough to spark a run -- if they can figure out how to get Dempsey involved in the attack and with regular support.