This may have been Clint Dempsey’s night, but Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales reminded everyone around CenturyLink Field who has handled so much of the the scoring and assisting duty before the Sounders’ high-profile arrival.
Johnson’s well-placed glancing header was the game’s only goal as Seattle took the huge Cascadia Cup contest, 1-0.
It was a huge match to begin with; any contest in the league’s top rivalry is. Dempsey’s first home match added to the theater.
And then there was the crowd count adding a further newsy element. Attendance at CenturyLink Field in Seattle was 67,385, the largest ever for a soccer game in Seattle and the second largest ever in MLS for a stand-alone match.
The crowd was very nearly disappointed as Portland mostly controlled matters through the first half. If not for the good work of Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and some heads-up defensive work from DeAndre Yedlin (not to mention one Timbers shot off the post), Portland would have taken a lead before the break.
Some tactical and personnel shifting by Sounders manager Sigi Schmid helped get Seattle’s offense going after the break. It was Johnson who drew the key 60th minute foul. Then the U.S. international – and important U.S. man, although not of the order of Dempsey – put away the game-winner off Rosales sharply delivered free kick.
Dempsey, now the league’s highest paid figure, has played in three matches, still without a goal or an assist.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche ready for PL after “business-like” promotion
Heading into his second stint in the Premier League, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said there is a different feeling this time around after a “business-like” season at Turf Moor.
The expectation rises from everyone, the money available to the club for its future – all of the things that it brings.
The mentality of the players has been firm all year. We were questioned heavily around Christmas, but I never blinked.
I knew what we were about, I knew the group we’d got, I knew the mentality and I knew we could go all the way.
Last time we were under the radar, it was a fairytale. This one was organized, it was business-like and it was well-fashioned from all involved, especially the players.
If Burnley was questioned at Christmas, they certainly had an answer. After losing to Hull City on Boxing Day, the Clarets have gone unbeaten in 22 matches to climb to the top of the Championship table.
Burnley’s campaign this season has been eerily similar to their last promotion to the PL after the 2013-14 season. If the Clarets win their final game next weekend, they will finish with an identical record from 2014 of 26-15-5, good for 93 points. Dyche’s next job will be keeping Burnley up, as they have been relegated after each of their previous three seasons in the top flight.
We know how they got here, but an interesting question is which moment will live in your memory when you’re reminded of Leicester’s run?
Game 5 — Dyer win Derby in stoppage
It had been a remarkable early season for Claudio Ranieri‘s troops when the Foxes came back from a 2-0 deficit against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and substitute Nathan Dyer capped off the 3-2 win in style.
Game 14 — Vardy sets a Premier League record
Ruud van Nistelrooy taking a backseat to Jamie Vardy was unfathomable even a month beforehand, but Vardy’s goal gave him a Premier League record 11-straight matches with a goal (and all in one season). Not bad for the man deemed too old by a 2.Bundesliga team.
Game 25 — Blowout at the Etihad
Certainly many had this date circled as the beginning of a downturn for Leicester, but Riyad Mahrez dazzled while Robert Huth scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 ride past Manchester City on the road. It was on.
Game 27 — Ulloa starts earthquakes
Leicester looked destined to somehow find a draw from a dominant performance when Leonardo Ulloa lifted the Foxes to a late win over Norwich, causing mini earthquakes at the King Power Stadium.
Game 34 — Chaos at King Power
A game easily categorized in short, insane outbursts, or just the name Jon Moss
Vardy sent off for diving ?!? Penalty to West Ham for what?!? Penalty to Leicester for what?!?
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth with violent conduct after they clashed during a Premier League game at the weekend.
Fellaini reacted to getting his hair pulled by Huth by appearing to strike the defender with his elbow as they jostled at a set-piece during the 1-1 draw between the teams on Sunday.