MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 3-0 New England Revolution

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One game in 100 words (or less): In front of typically raucous collection of hometown fans, Seattle Sounders had the upper hand against the New England for the majority of their regular season opener tonight. Sounders rapidly established themselves on the offensive end, getting off to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first half. The Revs then demonstrated a bit of urgency to open the next half of play, but a third goal, this time from Clint Dempsey, put a comeback out of reach for NE. Jay Heaps’ squad was without Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen due to injury, and their absences were definitely apparent on the pitch.

 

Goals

Seattle: Clint Dempsey 25′ , Obafemi Martins 41′, Clint Dempsey 67′

New England: None

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Three moments that mattered 

1. Dempsey starts it off with PK — Clint Dempsey begun the scoring in the 25th minute when he stepped up and zipped his penally kick past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Revolution forward Juan Agudelo had tracked back to defend and made contact with Dempsey that chopped down the former Fulham man in the penalty area. The argument could be made against the United States standout for a bit of embellishment, but regardless, it was a shrewd move of channeling the contact.

2. Martins’ header for two-goal lead— Dempsey was a focal point of the attack once again when he sent a long ball to Tyrone Mears, who gathered on the wing before sending in a magnificent cross that connected with Obafemi Martins on the doorstep. Andrew Farrell was marking Martins, but the Nigerian’s inside positioning was perfect for the service, and his header was nicely aimed across the goal to beat Shuttleworth. It was a classic Seattle score, while Heaps and Co. now had to dig themselves out of a treacherous hole.

3. Dempsey finishes after eye-catching buildup — Sounders deserved this goal the most out of their three, executing quick passing and overlapping runs to eventually have Dempsey and Martins in a 2-on-1 situation with Shuttleworth. Dempsey caught the final ball on his right foot and easily rolled it into the back of the net. Sounders had essentially iced their first win of the season, and to do it against the reigning Eastern Conference champs, albeit without Jones and Nguyen, is a exceptional way to begin the 2015 campaign.

 

Lineups

Seattle:  Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Leonardo Gonzalez; Marco Pappa (Aaron Kovar 90′), Micheal Azira, Gonzalo Pineda (Cristian Roldan 90’+3′), Lamar Neagle (Andy Rose 83′); Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins

New England: Bobby Shuttleworth; Kevin Alston, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney; Andy Dorman (Daigo Kobayashi 61′), Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 77′); Juan Agudelo (Sean Okoli 68′)