Slow start, crazy finish as Sounders rally for 3-3 draw against Revs

SEATTLE, WA— Pushing the limits of what they shouldn’t do and what they can do, Seattle Sounders FC once again fell behind their opponent Saturday night at CenturyLink Field. If you can believe it, it was 3-0 New England with just about 15 minutes to play. The Sounders’ trend towards slow starting was then matched by their other trend – late comebacks. This one was a doozy.

Nicolas Lodiero in the 75th.

Will Bruin in the 85th.

Ozzie Alonso in the 88th.


SEATTLE, WASH. – Playing its first home match in nearly a month, Seattle Sounders FC (2-2-4, 10 points) managed a historic come-from-behind 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution (2-3-4, 10 points) Saturday evening on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. After the visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half, Brian Schmetzer’s club responded with three goals in the final 15 minutes, courtesy of Nicolás Lodeiro, Will Bruin and Osvaldo Alonso. The match marked the first time in club history that Seattle has overcome a three-goal deficit to earn a result, while also extending its current home unbeaten streak to 14 matches across all competitions. The Rave Green now prepare for a nationally televised rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup against Toronto FC next Saturday at CenturyLink Field (12:00 p.m. PT / ESPN, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).

New England struck first in the 15th minute when Daigo Kobayashi’s shot from distance trickled through the hands of Stefan Frei and into the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Juan Agudelo then doubled the margin in the 26th minute, meeting the end of a Kelyn Rowe cross and heading it into back of the net.

Despite heading into the intermission down a pair of goals, Seattle dominated the stat-sheet in the first half, out-shooting the Revs 13-8, holding 75 percent of possession and more than tripling the visitors’ number of completed passes (386-127). Seattle would finish the match with 26 total shots, matching a club record.

Agudelo completed his brace shortly after halftime in the 54th minute, collecting a pass from Diego Fagundez on a counter-attack and finishing past Frei to make it 3-0.

Seattle finally got on the board in the 75th minute courtesy of Lodeiro. Joevin Jones found some space on the left wing and sent a carefully placed ball to Lodeiro amidst traffic in the box for a first-time shot that deflected off a Revs defender and into the net for his third goal of the season.

Bruin brought the home side within one goal 10 minutes later, connecting with a Jones cross for a snap-header past goalkeeper Cody Cropper. Bruin and Lodeiro are now tied with Clint Dempsey for the team lead with three goals on the season, while Jones’ two assists on the night bring his total five on the year, tied for the league lead with Toronto’s Victor Vazquez.

Alonso brought the sold-out crowd of 43,320 to a roar in the 88th minute, capping the largest comeback in club history. Lodeiro whipped in a cross from the right side that found Gustav Svensson for a flick-header for Alonso, who sat at the far post for an easy header. It was the first goal of the season for Alonso and fourth assist for Lodeiro, who now has 11 goals and 12 assists since joining the Rave Green last July.

After playing five of its first seven matches of the 2017 campaign on the road, Sounders FC concludes its two-match home swing next Saturday, May 6 in a 2016 MLS Cup rematch against Toronto FC. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field with a nationally-televised broadcast on ESPN.


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