It wasn’t pretty, but the Sounders got it done to defeat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 last night to give coach Sigi Schmid his 200th victory in MLS. This gave the Sounders 41 points and pushed them atop of the Western Conference and the MLS Supporters Shield race.
The first half of this game was pretty much dominated by the Dynamo, as they created a few chances that forced the Sounders to defend in numbers. On one of the plays, Djimi Traore was defending a shot going towards goal and hit it with his hand, which resulted in a PK for Houston. Dynamo winger and U.S. international Brad Davis took the kick that was ultimately saved by goalie (and no friend of this blog) Stefan Frei. Frei guessed the right direction and the Sounders capitalized and this seemed to add pep to their step.
The second half seemed to be the reverse of the first, as the Sounders came out with all cylinders firing. The goal finally came in the 69th minute, as Pappa juked a defender and hit a deflected shot into the net. A few minutes later, Obafemi (don’t you just love that name?!) was manhandled in the area which gave the Sounders a PK which Pineda was lucky to make. This spelled the end of the game, as the Dynamo couldn’t get anything going after this.
I have three takeaways from this game, with none being that relevant except the last.
- That field was awful. I think it was more black than green, and this was a major reason both teams looked so ugly.
- Thank goodness for that Houston goalie. Pineda’s penalty (say that five times fast) was right at him!!! And it still went in.
- Where was Deandre Yedlin? Now this one is a puzzler. Yedlin has been rumored for awhile to be heading to Tottenham Hotspur, a club team based in northern London. He traveled to Europe after the MLS All-Star game to finalize a transfer, yet nobody officially knows where that is yet. The good news is that any potential transfer will likely see Yedlin stay with the Sounders for the rest of the year. We’ll announce an official transfer once we receive confirmation from the club.
Here are the highlights from last night’s match:
Upcoming match for the Sounders: August 13th vs Chicago Fire in U.S. Open Cup. 7:30 P.M