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Another Sell-Out Crowd at Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field Watches the Timbers Fail to Hold Onto Two Leads, Losing to Seattle 3-2

Posted on 10 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

(7.10.2011) Portland, Ore.  Forty-five minutes before kick off and from a quarter mile away you could hear the chants and screams of rabid fans from within Jeld-Wen Field drowning out the rest of the city, as Major League Soccer prepared to take its roost for the afternoon.  

The raucous crowd gathered for the 10th consecutive sell-out, and to celebrate the major rivalry that exists between Portland and Seattle, one that extends far beyond the soccer pitch.

After a riveting opening ceremony featuring fireworks, a spine-tingling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the dramatic unfurling of the Timbers ‘King of Clubs’ Banner – the game settled off into a lollygagging funk.

To say the game got off to a slow start would be an understatement, with the first half feeling more like a Victorian-era gentleman’s sport, with both sides sharing a fairly equal split on shots to goal, corner kicks, fouls and saves.

However, the momentum shifted dramatically for both teams as the second half became a feeding frenzy of goal scoring, totaling five in all.

It began in the 46th minute after Portland’s Alhassan dribbled the ball down field and made a sprint towards the right side of the goal.  Just before running out of bounds and into the Timbers Army, he mustered off a pass to the front of the goal intended for Perlaza, but it was instead deflected off of Seattle’s Jeff Parke and into the net to make it 1-0 Timbers.

In the 53rd minute Timbers fans got an extra jolt of adrenaline when the Timbers’ Wallace executed a great cross to an outstretched Perlaza who just barely missed burying the second Timbers goal of the game.  It could have been all that was needed to shift momentum in favor of the Timbers.

Instead, the Timbers first lead of the game was scratched when in the 57th minute the Sounders Montero took a free kick and slapped it over the Timbers wall and into the corner of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Passions spilled over onto the field at the 60th minute when Friberg, Riley and Jewsbury got into a tussle after confusion over a free kick.  The scene was cleared by the ref, with no cards issued, but perhaps lending a shot in the arm to the Timbers offense.

Moments later the Timbers took their second lead of the game after Perlaza broke away to fire a shot, which bounced off a Seattle defender and into the goal, making it 2-1 Timbers.

However, that would be all the offense the Timbers would be able to muster for the day.  Just four minutes later, Montero would answer the call with a pass from Rosales to even the score.

Ten minutes later we had a bit of a scare after the Sounders’ Neagle made a break for the goal, trailed closely by the Timbers Brunner.  From within the box, Brunner decided to kick the ball away from behind, nearly kicking Neagle in the face in the process.  He was issued a red card and Alonso put the pentalty kick into the back of the net to put the Sounders ahead once and for all.

The final moments of the game saw a few last ditch efforts from a frustrated Timbers offense, but it was too little too late to avoid the 3-2 victory by the Sounders.

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Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders: Player Ratings

Posted on 17 April 2011 by stoma

GK Faryd Mondragon (5)- With the weather wreaking havoc on any attempted long ball and generally slowing the pace, the goalkeeper played a much bigger role than usual in initiating the attack.  The preferred Union set was to play back to Mondragon and allow him to either send it deep or lay it off to start the build from the back.  This did not always produce excellent results, as the poor conditions led to several shanks on attempted clearances from Faryd, but nothing that ultimately put the team in too much danger.

Mondragon did not have a particularly shaky game by any means, but he didn’t do anything directly in front of goal that was especially positive, either.  He only had a couple of serious chances in front of him, and neither resulted in saves.   The first ended when Danny Califf somehow got in the way of a point-blank shot from Alvaro Fernandez after Faryd deflected Fredy Montero’s cross to Fernadez’s feet in the 78th minute.  The second ended in the back of the net for the equalizer.  Mondragon did not record any saves, but still provided leadership and stability.

LB Jordan Harvey (7)- Harvey at this point must be recognized as one of the elite man markers in the league right now.  A week after neutralizing Dane Richards, Jordan was tasked with handling the even more dangerous Steve Zakuani with largely no help whatsoever.  Additionally, Jordan still managed to get forward to pair with Keon Daniel for what is becoming a formidable tandem in creating threatening builds down the left flank.

CB Danny Califf (8.5 *ASN PHILLY MAN OF THE MATCH*)- The solid, reliable play from Califf continued against Seattle.  In addition, he was able to make a couple of the more “flashy” plays at the back usually reserved for Valdes.  Most notably, he got in behind Steve Zakuani at the last moment when the goal-scoring threat almost found himself in against Mondragon in the 20th minute.  The unofficial MLS leader in blocked shots continued to add to his total, as well, continuing to show uncanny anticipation and feel for the opponents’ shooting lanes.  Obviously, his signature play of this match came in the 78th minute when, as he saw play flowing to the weak side, he filled the area directly in front of the goal.  This paid off when a deflection found Alvaro Fernandez mere feet from a goal mouth no longer occupied by Faryd Mondragon, who had dived to deflect the cross.  Instead of an equalizing goal, the shot blasted off of Califf’s shoulder and, at the time, appeared to be a game-saver.  Of course, Seattle did eventually equalize, but that does not detract from Danny’s overall performance.

CB Carlos Valdes (7.5)- With the Union dominating possession early and Califf holding down the fort at the back, we got to see Valdes push up a bit and display his ability to play the passing lanes in the midfield.  He single-handedly created a scoring chance in the 28th minute, intercepting a pass that prevented a Seattle counterattack, taking the ball up the right flank himself and then sending a nice-looking cross in that required some quick defensive reactions from Seattle in order to dispose of it.  In addition, Carlos certainly did not shirk his vast defensive responsibilities, keeping things fairly simple in front of him and within his general radius as usual.

RB Sheanon Williams (7)- Again factoring largely in all facets of the game, Williams distinguished himself in a slow, sluggish start to the game by flying up and down his side of the pitch.  With the wind at full force, Sheanon’s signature throw-ins were particularly impressive in that they did not appear to lose any distance even in the face of the gusts.  Williams also played some decent defense, most notably making a saving tackle on Steve Zakuani when he received a cross in the area from Mauro Rosales, although he remains a touch undisciplined when there is a broken play that requires prolonged periods of defensive play.

MID Kyle Nakazawa (6.5)- Back into the active roster and the first XI with Brian Carroll nursing his strained hamstring, Nakazawa looked to make his impact early, just missing on a strike from the left side of the area in the 18th minute.   Most importantly, Kyle drew the foul at the top of the area that directly led to the Union’s only goal in the 32nd minute.  Nakazawa continued to get himself in dangerous positions throughout the remainder of the game.  He still shows a reluctance to shoot when open, instead choosing to defer to the established goal-scoring triumvirate of Ruiz, Le Toux and Mwanga, but this game was definitely a  strive forward for Nakazawa.

MID Amobi Okugo (6.5)- Another strong, if unspectacular, game from Okugo.  Elevated to the starting XI with Carroll out, Amobi continued to show the skills he can bring to the Philadelphia side if given consistent playing time.  He is certainly no defensive liability, but his value is largely tied up in his ability to be the engine in the midfield, the immediate link between the defense and the attack.  Look for Okugo to grow more comfortable holding possession himself and creating immediate opportunities for others as his role continues to grow.

MID Stefani Miglioranzi (5.5)- A bit better performance from Miglioranzi against Seattle as, with Brian Carroll out, he was tasked with fortifying the Union defense from the midfield and did so in the manner to which followers of the club have become accustomed.   Came off for Danny Mwanga in the 59th minute.

MID Keon Daniel (7)- Against the Sounders, Daniel displayed the work rate and field coverage that the Union need from the wing spot.  In addition to leading several productive forays up the flank and toward goal, Keon also showed the speed and stamina to track back and help on defense when Seattle’s wings tried to get forward.  Deft vision allows Daniel to poke into passing lanes and a soft first touch gives him the ability to settle dangerous deflections and regroup.  We’d still like to see Keon go a little more north-south with the ball, but he’s giving the Union much more than they could have expected from Keon at the outset of the season.

FWD Sebastien Le Toux (7.5)- The poor conditions actually seemed to benefit Le Toux, which seems counterintuitive, but makes sense if you think about it. Unlike a pure speedster like Zakuani, Seba has amazing speed and is strong enough to push through the wind and mud, resulting in Le Toux looking like he is still running at his normal pace while everyone else was a step slow.  This allowed Seba to get into space with higher frequency than we’ve seen thus far this season and even get behind the Seattle defense on occasion.   We’re still awaiting the kind of tangible production that Seba unleashed last season, when he was directly involved with an MLS record 71.4% of the team’s goals.  Granted, his 1 assist thus far is still actually good for 25% involvement, but that is actually more depressing than it is a mitigating factor for Seba’s play.

FWD Carlos Ruiz (8)- Was playing an excellent game even before his strike from the free kick opened the scoring in the 32nd minute.  Sensing that offensive opportunities would be at a premium due to the conditions, Ruiz turned on the pressure early, selling out for all balls in his radius in an effort to create chances.  Then, after 4 games’ worth of Le Toux and Nakazawa skying free kick opportunities, the Little Fish was given a chance after Nakazawa drew a foul just outside the box in the 32nd minute.  Ruiz came through with his 2nd goal of the season, a beautifully taken strike that traveled the width of the goal mouth in the air, approximately head high for Seattle keeper Kasey Keller.  Keller got a hand on it, but could not stop the well-paced ball from continuing to the back of the net, and Philadelphia had the lead that would last all the way to the 90th minute.  Ruiz continued to plug away and was able to connect with Le Toux on a couple of legitimate scoring chances that didn’t fully materialize before being taken off for Justin Mapp in the 80th minute.

FWD Danny Mwanga (6)- Came on for Stefani Miglioranzi in the 59th minute in an ultimately unsuccessful push for a 2nd goal that would salt away the match.  However, Danny was productive, especially as a target man up top once Ruiz was brought off in the 80th minute.  He was unable, though, to find himself much space to operate, even when Seattle opened it up to push for their equalizer.

MID Justin Mapp (N/A)– Came on for Carlos Ruiz in the 80th minute in an attempt to close out the win.  Unfortunately, Mapp was not able to maintain much possession and waste the clock away, as was the hope with his inclusion.

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Union 1, Seattle 1: Last gasp Fernandez header spoils Philadelphia rain dance

Posted on 16 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The weather conditions, rain and a steady strong wind, kept quite a few away on Saturday afternoon. The River End, however, did not miss a beat – cheering loud, heckling, and acting as if “doop”ing in the rain was what they were born for. And for what it’s worth, it looked like the result on the field was going to reward the 15,000+ (paid attendance) Union supporters for their loyalty. Two shots on goal, one found the net for Seattle, however, and it came at a time when the Union just couldn’t respond.

Kyle Nakazawa took over for Justin Mapp on the right wing and Amobi Okugo, fresh off a fantastic performance  vs. New York, partnered with Migs in the center as Brian Carroll sat out to rehab a strained right hamstring.

The game was sloppy early on as both sides adjusted to the conditions and several tackles gave the Sounders dangerous restarts in the first 15 minutes. Sheanon Williams had a particularly tough time corralling Mauro Rosales while first touches on the offense were lacking. Le Toux, however, showed a little more of last season’s form when he took a long wind battered ball down in stride and carried it down the field, opting intelligently to ping it off a Seattle defender and take a corner kick. The ensuing 17th minute corner kick from Keon Daniel went through the penalty box and fell to clean up man Nakazawa. The midfielder collected it and fired far post only to miss just wide.

He didn’t get it done then but in the 31st minute, Kyle Nakazawa set the opening goal in motion. After receiving the ball on the far side, he faked Seattle bruiser Alonso out and carried inside. Alonso tracked and he took Nakazawa down in a dangerous position prompting a foul and caution from Terry Vaughn. Carlos Ruiz, taking over for the ineffective Le Toux on set pieces, fired over the wall and to Keller’s right. The veteran netminder got his hand on it but couldn’t keep it from finding the side netting, a 32nd minute goal. It was a product of consistent forward play, productive off the ball runs from Ruiz an Le Toux, and better combinations between the midfielders and  forwards.

The Union started the second half as they ended the first – pressing forward and looking to pin Seattle back but very few chances were created on either end. The addition of Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero in the 67th minute posed a true test for the Union defensive line. Philadelphia had trouble with true target strikers last season and to have DP Montero up there next to him didn’t help matters much. The Union held strong and took the opportunity to counter as the influx of Seattle attackers left the Sounder backline at three. It was Seattle that threatened first though. The Sounders tactical switch created their best chance in the 78th minute. A re-crossed ball deflected into the box and sat perfectly for Alvaro Fernandez to pounce on. The Uruguayan DP fired on net but Califf, as he had all game, stood strong and took the shot in the upper body, saving the day. The Union continued to try and counter but the clean sheet wasn’t meant to be and not even Califf could stop it from happening. With time waning, the Sounders pushed everyone up for a 90th minute corner kick. The initial service trickled through the danger area but eventually found its way to Montero. The Seattle DP sent a soft chip in, with everyone still camped in the area. It found the head of the other Sounder DP and substitute Alvaro Fernandez for a last gasp equalizer wiping away the impact of yet another strong defensive showing.

To stay positive, think about last year. In five games, the Union have conceded two goals and sit atop the Eastern Conference. Considering the conditions and Seattle’s last minute tactics, it was increasingly likely to hit the mark. According to Nowak, the Union concentrated on the attack this week and not being afraid to push forward more. There was improvement but that second goal never came. “We can’t be afraid to score that second goal”, Nowak said first in his post game press conference.

Both additions to this week’s starting lineup, Okugo and Nakazawa, played respectably well. Nakazawa acquitted himself on the flank, taking men on and providing a link from the back to the frontline. Okugo was impressive for the second week in the row – winning tackles and using his body well against notoriously physical midfielders like Alonso and Brad Evans. And Carlos Ruiz had his best game in a Union shirt, not just because of his goal (see Sam’s player ratings once posted).

The Union still sit atop the Eastern Conference with ten points and will have a week off this coming week to recover and prepare for a April 30th home clash vs. local product Bobby Convey and the San Jose Earthquakes. The game against Real Salt Lake, originally scheduled for next Saturday, has been rescheduled to September 3rd due to RSL’s participation in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

We’ll have player ratings, photos, and much more over the next couple days.

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

—————————–Mondragon———————————

Williams———Califf——————-Valdes————–Harvey

——————-Miglioranzi———-Okugo————————–

Nakazawa———————————————————Daniel

———————-Le Toux————Ruiz—————————-

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Keon Daniel, Stefani Miglioranzi (Danny Mwanga 59), Amobi Okugo, Kyle Nakazawa, Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Justin Mapp 80).

Substitutes Not Used: Michael Farfan, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Jack McInerney, Roger Torres, Zac MacMath.

Seattle Sounders Starting XI

———————————Keller————————————-

Riley————-Parke—————-Hurtado————–Gonzalez

——————–B.Evans————-Alonso————————–

Friberg———————————————————–Zakuani

——————–Rosales————–White—————————

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez (Fredy Montero 66), Erik Friberg (Alvaro Fernandez 77), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales, O’Brian White(Nate Jaqua 66), Steve Zakuani.

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Roger Levesque, Tyson Wahl, Terry Boss.

Scoring Summary:

PHI — Carlos Ruiz 2 (unassisted) 31

SEA — Alvaro Fernandez 1 (Fredy Montero 1) 90

Misconduct Summary:

SEA — Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Reckless Tackle) 30

PHI — Stefani Miglioranzi (caution; Reckless Tackle) 55

PHI — Amobi Okugo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 65

PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Tackle) 88

Referee: Terry Vaughn

Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey; Matthew Kreitzer

4th Official: John McCloskey

Attendance: 15,149

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Rain-and-52-degrees

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Game #5 Preview: Seattle at Philadelphia

Posted on 14 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Seattle visits PPL Park after registering their first win of the season without star Fredy Montero. Their motivation, however, will come more from last year’s 3-1 loss in PPL Park’s opener. The Eastern Conference leading Union will look to break the Sounders momentum and experience a game where both the offense and defense are firing on all cylinders. Sebastien Le Toux, yet to revisit his 2010 form, could be the man to start that process.

Philadelphia Union (3-1-0) vs. Seattle Sounders (1-2-2)
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00PM
PPL Park, Chester, PA, The Comcast Network

 Philadelphia Union Probable Starting XI

——————————–Mondragon——————————–

Williams————Califf——————–Valdes————-Harvey

———————-Miglioranzi———–Okugo————————

Mapp—————————————————————–Daniel

————————-Le Toux————-Ruiz—————————

OUT: MF Gabe Farfan (R toe dislocation); DOUBTFUL: MF Brian Carroll (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: FW Carlos Ruiz (L hamstring strain)

Seattle Sounders Probable Starting XI

————————————Keller————————————-

Riley——————-Parke——————Hurtado———-Gonzalez

Friberg—————Alonso——————Evans————-Zakuani

————————–White—————–Rosales———————-

QUESTIONABLE: FW Fredy Montero (R wrist fracture)

Game Notes:

If Montero can’t go (although, signs point to him getting minutes somehow) it would mean that Rosales, one of Seattle’s better players over the last few games will continue to partner on the attacking front with target man O’Brian White. Erik Friberg is subject to replacement this week after a couple down showings. With Designated Player Alvaro Fernandez waiting in the wings, I would assume there’s not much room for error.

Seattle grabbed their first three points of the season at home last weekend with their defense playing a huge role shutting down a relatively efficient Chicago attack led by two Uruguayans Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari. Kasey Keller earned Best XI honors for the week making several clutch saves in the late going. O’Brian White’s first goal against the Chicago defense was impressive – outleaping and beating two Fire defenders to power a header past Sean Johnson. The gamewinner, however, was an example of how Steve Zakuani can affect a game. He can sit off to the side for some time only to make one run, one play that changes the course of the whole game. The battle on the wings will prove decisive in Saturday’s match-up as will the competition between Migs/Okugo (if Carroll can’t go) and Evans/Alonso. 

Seattle dominated Chicago in possession last weekend – 66% to 34% – and we can expect them to do so again on Saturday. As we saw last weekend vs. New York, will it matter if the chances the Union do create are converted?

Local native Jeff Parke will return to Philadelphia. Parke, born in Abington, PA, played collegiate soccer at Drexel before joining the professional ranks. He was the last overall pick (60th) in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft and became a staple in the defense for the New York Red Bulls before choosing to test the waters overseas. It didn’t work out after a trial in Belgium and he returned, played for Vancouver (then in the USL) before signing last season with Seattle.

The Union’s first ever game was against the Sounders at Qwest Field, the First Kick of 2010 season. Two first half goals from Brad Evans and Steve Zakuani and the ejection of Toni Stahl (now with Fort Lauderdale of the NASL) sent the Union back to Philadelphia itching for a rematch. They got it and an inaugural win to open PPL Park in impressive fashion. The Union put on an offensive clinic winning 3-1 with goals from Seb Le Toux, Fred, and Danny Mwanga.

One of the bigger taking points after the Union’s 3-1 win over Seattle at PPL Park last year was the extreme heat. Saturday’s weather is expected to be pretty much the complete opposite – 55 degrees and rainy. Does that play into Seattle’s favor? Probably not but it’ll ensure they’ll feel much more at home.

Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid on the Union: “I wish we could get three goals and have it count for nine points, it’d be nice. Obviously defensively they haven’t given much up. Every game they’ve been in has been a 1-0 game either for them or against them. Defensively they’ve got a good mindset; all 11 guys get back and help on that defensive side of things. Their goalkeeper has kept them well organized. They’ve done well. They bend a little bit, sort of like a willow, but they don’t break. We have to find a way to get in behind them and obviously get goals.”

A Union affiliate club will start their season this weekend. The Harrisburg City Islanders will take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7PM on Saturday at home. Reading United AC won’t start their PDL campaign until May 7th. A little surprised that the City Islanders haven’t picked up JT Noone yet. He’s the only former Union player left without a club.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 16

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week Sixteen (or Week Seventeen, depending how you look at it) confirmed that Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan still deserve their title as best duo in the league but, as it was, the Galaxy looked relatively vulnerable. It was Buddle and Donovan who bailed them out late vs. San Jose. Kasey Keller showed he still has it at 40 and can come back from a bad match to make sure his Sounders gets the three points they need. It was another Sounder, however, that stole the show and deservedly won this week’s ASN Player of the Week honors.

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Weekend MLS wrap: Frustration in Seattle, heartbreak in Philly, boredom in N.Y.

Posted on 12 July 2010 by ASN Staff

On the last weekend of World Cup action, Major League Soccer had a full schedule of games on tap. There were several results of importance, perhaps none bigger than the Landon Donovan-less LA Galaxy loss at the New England Revolution. In Seattle, the young Sounders provided a spark but it was 19-year-old Miguel Montano’s red card that changed the balance of the game and allowed FC Dallas to steal a late 1-1 draw from Seattle. Nick Schiffler has that report, complete with player ratings. A full photo gallery is available as well.

In front of a crowd of 17,158 at the second-ever game at PPL Park, two counter attacks led to two San Jose goals locking up three vital away points for the Earthquakes. In an otherwise engaging and entertaining performance, the Philadelphia Union defense on counter-attacks were best summed up by Piotr Nowak as “professionally naive”. Breton Bonnette reports from Chester, Pa., with Union player ratings supplied by San Toma.

The New York Red Bulls and DC United played a drab scoreless stalemate at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, in a match that was short on highlights of any kind and from either team. The Red Bulls extended their MLS unbeaten streak to five and captured the Atlantic Cup – the regular season series between the two sides – for the first time since 2003. Short match report and full photo gallery.

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Photo gallery: Sounders 3, Revs 0

Posted on 06 June 2010 by dlindsay

The Seattle Sounders soundly defeated the New England Revolution by a score of 3-0 in the final MLS match before the World Cup break. Here is a photo gallery supplied by David Lindsay.

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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 01 June 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Week 10 weekend roundup

Posted on 31 May 2010 by Patrick McShane

Action from the Real Salt Lake v Kansas City Wizards match ©Julie Harper/ASN

Real Salt Lake extended their win streak Saturday to a franchise-best five games after dispatching the Kansas City Wizards 4-1 in a hotly contested affair. While RSL jumped off to an early lead after a pair of goals by Fabian Espíndola and Álvaro Saborío, the Wizards were able to capitalize on RSL’s occasional sloppy play to pull a goal back just before half. Inspired by 15,588 raucous fans at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL controlled the second half and finished the match off late thanks to a Davy Arnaud ejection and goals from Robbie Russell and Ned Grabavoy. ASN’s Patrick McShane reports from Rio Tinto Stadium and supplies player ratings for the victorious home side.

Conor Casey beat out Jeff Parke on a running battle into the box in the 63rd minute of the Seattle Sounders match-up with the Colorado Rapids and caught Kasey Keller off his line with a deft chip to the far post. The goal stood up as the winner in a 1-0 decision in the home team’s favor at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Pat Shea reports from Colorado and supplies player ratings for both sides.

Toronto FC booked their first road win in MLS play this season when Dwayne DeRosario broke a 2-2 deadlock with his second goal of the game deep into stoppage time at San Jose. Chris Hazard has that report.

In the nation’s capital, Steve Long finally sees reasons to believe in Curt Onalfo’s plans for DC United, after their 3-2 victory over Chivas USA.

The Philadelphia Union surprised an incredibly tough Houston home team last night coming from behind to win 3-2 in the dying moments. It was the #1 draft pick Danny Mwanga that grabbed the game winner all thanks to the unwavering work ethic of both Alejandro Moreno and Sebastien Le Toux. The win now puts the Union at 2-5-1. ASN Philly’s Breton Bonnette observed the match and supplied the following player ratings for the winners.

Finally, at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago, AC Milan strutted their stuff for a sell-out crowd before defeating the Chicago Fire by 1-0. Jeff Tobin has that report.

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Photo gallery: Seattle 3, Boca Juniors 0

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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For a night at least, all was right in the House of Sigi, as the Seattle Sounders soundly defeated Argentina’s Boca Juniors by a score of 3-0. Here is a photo gallery supplied by David Lindsay.

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