Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield

[MLS: Sunday] The LA Galaxy looked to be coasting to victory in the first of its home-and-home series to decide the 2014 Supporters' Shield when the Seattle Sounders struck for two goals in three minutes to earn a deserved 2-2 tie that spoiled Landon Donovan's farewell regular-season match at StubHub Center and puts them in the driver's seat heading into next Saturday's decider at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders will win the MLS regular-season title for the first time in their history with a win or tie.

MLS RESULTS, Week 32:
Sunday, October 19
New York 1 Columbus 3.
CLB: Aaron Schoenfeld (Ethan Finlay) 17
CLB: Ethan Finlay (Tony Tchani) 34
NY: Lloyd Sam (Dax McCarty) 58
CLB: Aaron Schoenfeld (Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain) 80
Att.: 20,681.

LA Galaxy 2 Seattle 2.
LA: Baggio Husidic 45+1
LA: Marcelo Sarvas (Baggio Husidic) 50
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins, DeAndre Yedlin) 69
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Obafemi Martins) 72
Red Card: LA -- Omar Gonzalez 88.
Att.:
27,244.

The Galaxy took advantage of poor clearances by the Seattle defense to jump out ahead 2-0 on goals by Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas. And while the Sounders were creating chances for themselves, they looked to be on the verge of self-destructing as stars Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins argued with each other.

But in the 69th minute, Martins played on DeAndre Yedlin's cross to Dempsey, who was alone on the far side and cut the deficit to 2-1. Four minutes later, Dempsey and Martins combined to feed Lamar Neagle on the right side, where he fired his shot under Jaime Penedo.

The match featured seven yellow cards, including two to Omar Gonzalez, whose ejection will keep him out of next Saturday's return game in Seattle. The Sounders and Galaxy both have 61 points, but the Sounders hold the lead in the first tiebreaker, total wins.

“I was extremely proud of our team because we took goals at the worst possible time," said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid. "We took a goal right before half time and we took a goal right after halftime. I think we helped in both those goals with a deflection and a combination of errors in the first. I think we showed character I thought we were unlucky. After the first 15-20 minutes, I thought we created the better chances then on throughout the game. We were unlucky to not get a goal from Dempsey in the first half. [Martins] had a couple of good looks but then I was really proud of the character of our team being able to come back and lock it up to 2-2 and be knocking on the door to take the win.”



CREW JUMPS AHEAD OF RED BULLS. In what may be Thierry Henry's last home game for the New York Red Bulls, the Columbus Crew moved ahead of the Red Bulls in the battle for fourth place with a 3-1 win.

Aaron Schoenfeld, who spent much of the season in USL PRO, scored two goals, and Ethan Finlay added his 11th goal of the season and assists on Schoenfeld's two goals.



MLS RESULTS, Week 32:
Saturday, October 18
Toronto FC 1, Montreal 1
TFC: Warren Creavalle 20
MON: Felipe Martins (Andres Romero, Patrice Bernier) 39
Red cards: TFC -- Jonathan Osorio 90+3; MON -- Heath Pearce 82, Hassoun Camara 90+5
Att.: 18,329.

Philadelphia 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
PHL: Brian Brown (Cristian Maidana) 45
SKC: Dom Dwyer (pen.) 54
PHL: Pedro Ribeiro (Cristian Maidana, Sheanon Williams) 71
Att.: 18,073.

Colorado 0, FC Dallas 1
FCD: Blas Perez (pen.) 55
Red card: COL -- Jared Watts  79
Att.: 15,274.

D.C. United 2, Chicago 1
DC: Chris Pontius (Eddie Johnson, Nick DeLeon) 31
DC: Eddie Johnson 53
CHI: Harrison Shipp (Patrick Nyarko) 67
Att.: 20,162.

San Jose 0, Vancouver 0
Att.: 10,525.

Friday, October 17
Portland 0 Real Salt Lake 0.

Thursday, October 16
Houston 1 New England 2.
HOU:  Giles Barnes 37
NE: Lee Nguyen (Kevin Alston, Jermaine Jones 4) 65
NE: Lee Nguyen (Darrius Barnes) 86
Att.: 22,332.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE

PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA

58 (33) *D.C. United 17-9-7 51/36
52 (33) *New England 16-13-4 50/46
49 (33) *Sporting KC
14-12-7 48/39
49
(33) *Columbus 13-10-10 50/41
47 (33) *New York 12-10-11 53/50
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42 (33) x-Philadelphia 10-11-12 50/49
41 (33) x-Toronto FC 11-13-8 44/53
39 (33) x-Houston 11-16-6 38/56
33 (33) x-Chicago 5-10-18 39/50
27 (33) x-Montreal 6-18-9 37/57

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
61
(33) *Seattle 19-10-4 63/50
61 (33) *LA Galaxy 17-6-10 69/35
54 (33) *FC Dallas 16-11-6 55/43
53 (33) *Real Salt Lake 14-8-11 52/39
47 (33) Vancouver 11-8-13 41/40
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46 (33) Portland 11-9-13 59/52
32 (33) x-Colorado 8-17-8 43/61
30 (32) x-Chivas USA 8-18-6 28/59
30 (33) x-San Jose
6-15-12 35/49
*Clinched playoff berth.
x-Eliminated from playoffs.
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
25 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
22 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
19 Robbie Keane
, LA Galaxy
17 Obafemi Martins
, Seattle
17 Lee Nguyen, New England
16 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
15 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
15 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
14 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
13 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 33:
Wednesday, October 22
9:30 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA
Friday, October 24
8 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Houston
Saturday, October 25
2:30 p.m. ET
Seattle vs. LA Galaxy, NBC
4 p.m. ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 p.m. ET
New England vs. Toronto FC
8:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Portland
10 p.m. ET
Vancouver vs. Colorado, UDN
Sunday, October 26
3 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. San Jose
4 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Philadelphia, UniMas
8:30 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

4 comments about "Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield".
  1. Andrea Hana, October 20, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

    What a game! Looking forward to the one at the CLink!

  2. Mike Jacome, October 20, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.

    Seattle was undoubtely the best team and deserved the three points. Galaxy plays excellent away games so, nothing is set in stone yet. I believe any of the two teams can take home the SS. The Sounders have a slim advantage though.

  3. Barry Thomas, October 20, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

    Paul, how are the Sounders in the driver's seat when a Galaxy win will give them the Supporters' Shield? Especially given the Sounders' record at home?

  4. Mike Jacome, October 20, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

    Barry. I think Paul means that LA needs only one result (Winning away) to earn the SS. While seattle can either win at home or even settle for a draw to do so. I agree is a slim advantage but an advantage nonetheless.

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