At the half: Sounders leading Revolution on Dempsey, Martins goals

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The first half of another premier Major League Soccer matchup today has fared as you may guess.

News arose that New England’s two best players, 2014 MLS MVP candidate Lee Nguyen and German-American Jermaine Jones, were ruled out in this match, so the Revs entered the game already at a strong disadvantage.

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In the 25th minute, Clint Dempsey slotted home the first goal of the match after he fell in the box under the pressure of returning Revolution forward Juan Agudelo.

Obafemi Martins nailed the second goal of the half in the 41st minute on an well-taken headed strike.

Although Seattle was rightfully the better side in the opening half, the Revolution sustained determined attacking play at certain times but were not able to generate many threatening chances.

Stats

Possession: Sounders 50.6 percent, Revolution 49.4

Shots on goal: Sounders 2, Revolution 1

Passing accuracy: Sounders 77 percent, Revolution 70 percent

Tackles won: Sounders 7, Revolution 10

Clearances: Sounders 16, Revolution 12

Fouls: Sounders 6, Revolution 5