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Sounders' rally mojo downs FC Dallas again
by Ridge Mahoney, May 8th, 2014 12:47AM

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[MLS: Week 10] A comeback victory over FC Dallas set Seattle off on its current winning streak last month, and another bounce-back against the same foe Wednesday has extended that run to five games.

Obafemi Martins set up goals for Lamar Neagle and Kenny Cooper, the latter scoring in the final minutes, to drive Seattle past FCD, 2-1, in front of 38,849 fans at CenturyLink Field. Seattle (7-2-1, 22 points) increased its lead atop the Western Conference to four points over Real Salt Lake (4-0-5, 17 pts.).

FC Dallas (5-4-1, 16 points) could have moved into a first-place tie with Seattle by winning, and after the first 45 minutes it was on track to do just that. Michel’s penalty kick in the 16th minute, awarded when Brad Evans got caught in a tangle with FCD forward Blas Perez, brought it the 1-0 lead it took into the locker room at halftime.

He may have been lured to MLS last year to increase Seattle’s goalscoring power, but Martins’ range and guile are proving to be valuable setup attributes as well. He consistently found gaps in the attacking third during the first half despite the Sounders’ inability to score, and twice in the second half provided the decisive final passes.

Martins floated down the right wing to control a pass from Clint Dempsey and center it to the near post for Neagle, who from close range stabbed a shot into the top corner to tie the match in the 62nd minute. Martins worked the other side of the field to set up the winner, finding enough space on the left side to slide a ball into the goalmouth that Cooper drove home with his first touch of the game.

Week 9: Soccer America Power Rankings
Injury Report:
Dallas star Diaz to miss 6-10 weeks

Seattle crosses the country for its next game at New England this weekend. FCD stays on the West Coast to play at San Jose.

EASTERN LOGJAM. Houston started off a run of three important home games by beating Columbus, 1-0, with a goal conjured up by Brad Davis and Will Bruin. Davis swung a free kick into a crowded goalmouth and Bruin got enough contact on the ball with the back of his head to guide home a shot five minutes into the second half. Davis earned his fourth assist in five games and Bruin’s goal scored for the third time in as many games to increase his season total to six. The win created a four-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Dynamo continues its home run Saturday against Real Salt Lake and next week squares off with the Galaxy. Columbus, which lost its second straight and is winless in six, heads back home to host Vancouver.

-- In Wednesday's other MLS game, San Jose had to settle for a 0-0 tie at home with Colorado that left it with one win in eight games, but the point was good enough to move it out of the basement.

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP. Michael Nonni's goal in stoppage time gave the NASL's FC Edmonton a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact in the first leg of their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal. Montreal blew a 1-0 lead to leave it with one win in nine games this season in all competitions.

-- Toronto FC got goals from high-priced stars Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, in the other match. A stoppage-time goal by teenager Kekuta Manneh could be valuable for the 'Caps when they return home for the second leg next Wednesday. The first leg drew 22,591 fans at BMO Field.

MLS WEEK 10, Results:
Wednesday, May 7
Houston 1 Columbus 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Brad Davis) 50
Att.: 15,030.

Seattle 2 FC Dallas 1.

DAL: Michel pen. 16
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Obafemi Martins) 62
SEA: Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 88
Att.: 38,489.

San Jose 0 Colorado 0.

MLS WEEK 10, Schedule:
Saturday, May 10
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
Montreal vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE, UDN
7 pm ET
New York vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 11
2:30 pm ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, MLS LIVE
3 pm ET
Colorado vs. Chivas USA, UniMas
6 pm ET
New England vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Houston vs. Real Salt Lake
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
14 Sporting KC 4-2-2 11/6
14 Houston 4-4-2 13/14
14 New England 4-3-2 9/10
14 New York 3-2-5 14/12
12 Columbus 3-2-3 10/10
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11 D.C. United 3-3-2 12/11
9 Toronto FC 3-4-0 7/9
8 Philadelphia 1-4-5 10/13
6 Montreal 1-4-3 7/14
6 Chicago 0-2-6 12/14

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
22 Seattle 7-2-1 22/14
17 Real Salt Lake 4-0-5 16/10
16 FC Dallas 5-4-1 19/17
15 Colorado 4-2-3 10/9
13 Vancouver 3-2-4 15/12
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8 LA Galaxy 2-2-2 7/5
8 Portland 1-3-5 12/15
7 San Jose 1-3-4 8/10
6 Chivas USA 1-5-3 9/18
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
6+1 Will Bruin, Houston
6 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
5 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
5 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
5 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United

MLS WEEK 11, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 17
4:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
Philadelphia vs. New England, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 18
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE


2 comments
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: May 8, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.
    First commentator? HM. Great game! 22points! Go SEATTLE! :)

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: May 9, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.
    Obafemi is da bomb. Nigeria is nuts not to call him up.


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