Will Bruin turned a nearly certain road loss into an incredible road draw. His goal in the 94th minute earned the Seattle Sounders their first point of 2016, securing a 2-2 draw. Seattle has yet to lead on the young year, has given up two goals before scoring in both games, and yet magic clearly exists. The Montreal Impact could not retain a 2-nil lead at home.
Seattle earned a penalty, buried by Nicolas Lodeiro, to cut their deficit to one, and chances started to come thereafter. A rather lethargic middle 60 minutes of the match opened after Brian Schmetzer inserted Oniel Fisher and Henry Wingo for Gustav Svensson and Harry Shipp, respectively. The final sub was the bold decision to replace Roman Torres with Bruin, leaving the Sounders with just one center back.
Early in the game the Sounders could not control Ignacio Piatti. The Impact’s best player picked out targets through closed lanes. His impact cannot be understated. Seattle was unable to defend him. He and Patrice Bernier sliced through a Sounders defense that looked weak and ineffective for a majority of the game.
- Piatti had an assist. Bernier had two assists. Their scorers were Piatti and Matteo Mancosu.
- Seattle’s scorers were Lodeiro from the spot and Bruin from Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan.
Schmetzer’s halftime adjustments continue to be potent. The Sounders outscored the Impact 2-1 in the second 45 minutes, giving them a 10-2 advantage in the second halves of games since the start of last year’s playoffs. His substitutes indicate a bravado and refusal to accept failure. Wingo, Fisher and Bruin may be subs that indicate a willingness to lose big, but they are also an indication that the potential for points is valuable.
On Saturday, 3/11, they earned those points.
Seattle started with two games on the road, earning one point with three goals scored and four against. The MLS Cup Champions return home on March 19 against the New York Red Bulls.