Sounders one-up Colorado

Posted on 17 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

Not even an opponent scoring three goals can stop the red-hot Seattle Sounders these days.

Behind goals from Alvaro Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales, the Sounders knocked off the defending champion Colorado Rapids 4-3 at home on Saturday in a thrilling match. Seattle had to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, just as they had against Portland last Sunday.

“Who says soccer’s not exciting?” said Sounders coach Sigi Schmid. “Obviously the character we showed again coming back after being down twice was superb. My hat’s off to the team in that regard.”

Both sides hit the back of the net repeatedly, but it was Mauro Rosales’s goal in the 84th minute to make the score 4-2 that proved to be the difference.

The result continues a sparkling run for Seattle’s offense. The Sounders have an undefeated streak in their past 11 games. They have scored 10 goals in their past 3 games in all competitions – all of which were wins.

Just one minute into the game, it didn’t look like the run was going to be continued. Seattle gave the ball away easily and it fell to Wells Thompson at the top of the box, who lashed it into a net to give the Rapids a 1-0 lead inside of 70 seconds.

But the Sounders didn’t take long to respond, tying the game back up in the 5th minute. Alvaro Fernandez received a long pass, shook off his defender and sliced his shot home.

Colorado would re-take the lead towards the end of the first half on another Sounders defensive mistake. The home side left Jeff Larentowicz unmarked at the top of the box, and he slammed a left-footed shot off the far post, past Kasey Keller and in.

Keller was not entirely pleased with the defensive play from his side.

“That was shocking,” he said. “Our discipline and defending was just not there today. The positives you have to take out of that is that when you have a day like that defensively, and you’re able to win the game, that’s tremendous. It shows a lot of spirit.”

The Sounders tied the game for a second time just minutes into the second half, with Roger Levesque flicking in a cross from Mauro Rosales. Schmid said after the game that he thinks Levesque is playing as well as he has in his career.

Seattle’s other striker Montero took the lead for the Sounders in the 82nd minute. Substitute Brad Evans’s shot was deflected up into the air by Matt Pickens, and Montero was lurking at the far post to poke it home with a precise diving header.

Rosales put in the 4th goal of the afternoon for Seattle just two minutes later on a breakaway – and it was a goal that would prove crucial when Colorado scored again in the 90th minute.

“We never give up,” Rosales said. “They scored against us and we always work out to come back in the game. We score important goals in that game and I’m very happy about that.”

After a week full of games and goals, Seattle will get a bit of a break with no competitive games in the coming week – just a high-profile friendly match against Manchester United, one of the top teams in the world. But the way the Sounders are playing, they might be capable of beating just about anybody.

“Right now we’re 22 games in, and we have some more games to go and we want to maintain this,” Schmid said. “The guys have gone through a good run and now it’s time to relax a little bit, take a deep breath and prepare for the next stage.”

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