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July 31, 2010 at 6:38 PM

FINAL: Sounders FC 1 v. San Jose ‘Quakes 0, game thread

Final: It’s a final. Seattle wins 1-0 and gets three more vital points, jumping up to 4th in the West and 6th overall in MLS.

Sounders win the Heritage Cup.

90’+: Alonso booked for a strong challenge on Alvarez. Maybe saw that coming with their earlier exchange. Sets up a dangerous free kick from 25 yards.

90′: Three minutes of stoppage time.

89′: On a counterattack, Fernandez just missed Jaqua on a breakaway.

88′: Alonso and Alvarez are exchanging words, and an elbow or two off the ball. Emotions at a high right now.

86′: As Cronin tees up an open shot from 20 yards, I say “Watch out” out loud. The whistling shot goes just wide.

86′: Jaqua in for Nkufo.

84′: After spending most of the half in the locker room, Parke is back on the bench. His team is still in full-on hold-on mode.

82′: Nkufo again with a crucial defensive header.

80′: Yellow card to Corrales for a hard foul on Fernandez.

77′: If anything, Seattle is controlling the action as these minutes tick down. So far a strong effort in preserving the lead.

75′: Sanna and Convey continue to mix it up on their side of the field. Nyassi holding his own. After getting a talking to from the ref, Nkufo comes to his teammate’s aid there.

74′: Wondolowski on for Hernandez, forward for a defender. Yallop going for it.

72′: Tyrone has had some authoritative headers in the back.

71′: From the left wing, Fernandez makes a good run, but his low cross is too close to Busch.

69′: Fernandez on for Zakuani.

68′: Alvaro Fernandez is about to make his Sounders FC debut! First a corner kick for San Jose is cheekily played on goal by a Burling backheel flick right to Keller.

67′: Tacoma native with a brilliant cutback in the box, then blasts an open shot over the goal.

66′: Nkufo definitely more involved as this one goes on. Nearly found Zakuani in front of the goal. Maybe could’ve taken a shot, either way, getting a lot of touches and staying involved.

63′: SAVE! Busch stretches at full extension to deny a Nkufo shot to the far post after a fancy move. Zakuani with a brilliant set up.

62′: Writing duties are going to start to take over soon. Feel free to offer your thoughts and play-by-play in the comments section if you can, for those that can’t watch.

59′: Sturgis with a GREAT long ball to Zakuani sets up a break on the left flank. Zak turns his defender inside out but his cross doesn’t find Montero.

57′: San Jose turnover has Nyassi leading a Seattle break. He plays it (too early?) too Nkufo and Busch eventually grabs it.

55′: Good defensive header by Nkufo on a San Jose corner kick, swung in by Convey.

54′: Big moment in the season for Seattle. Getting the three points here would put them 4th in the Western Conference and 6th overall in total points.

53′: A sub we all missed earlier. Alvarez for San Jose in for McDonald.

51′: Great work by Montero, sets up Zakuani on goal, he lays it off to Nkufo, but the big man slipped. Had been decent buildup.

49′: Word on Parke is a head injury. No further detail yet.

47′: Montero earns a free kick but Sturgis’ service is poor. Opara takes a deflected header off his face and needs a second to shake it off.

46′: For San Jose, Ryan Johnson in for Sealy.

46′: We’re about to kick off the second half. Looks like Marshall will be coming in for Parke. We’re awaiting word on the official injury.

Halftime: Tyrone Marshall doing more specialized workouts during the break. I wonder if Parke’s condition has worsened.

Halftime: Seattle with a 6-4 edge in shots, 3-1 respectively were on goal. The Sounders caught some breaks with a shot saved by the post and five offside calls.

Halftime: Sounders FC 1-0 San Jose. Seattle controlled the early part of the game and got its reward (Montero 26′). Quakes showed well late.45′: One minute of stoppage time. Nyassi limping around now.

44′: Header by Opara on a free kick goes over the bar. San Jose pressing hard for an equalizer at the end of the half.

43′: That same linesman gives Seattle a goal kick when it looks like Leo knocked it out from Glen’s possession, the fans continue to give him a hard time. Haven’t seen replays of either call though.

41′: Fans not happy at all with a offside call on Sealy.

39′: Offside calls negate dangerous chances on both sides.

38′: Alonso does the fill-in duty, but Parke is OK and back out there.

35′: Jeff Parke down after a nasty collision on a free kick service. He’s getting looked at and Marshall and Scott start warming up on the sideline.

32′: Sealy for San Jose hits it off the post! Seattle escapes there. Moments before that, on the other side of the field, Opara almost headed it into his own net.

30′: Nkufo knocked down from behind. No call. Gets up and barks at the ref as play goes on. Shades of… Nah, I won’t go there…

26′: GOAL SEATTLE! Nyassi receives a great pass on the right wing, sends in a perfect cross to Montero in front of the goal for the tap-in header. Sounders FC 1-0 San Jose

23′: Nkufo is absolutely begging for the ball on the left side, but no one is looking for him. Borderline comical. The big man is getting frustrated.

21′: Dangerous moment for the Quakes called back for offside. Alonso did a good job there filling in for Ianni, who got caught ahead.

19′: Another decent moment for San Jose, but another cross spoiled. This time by Convey from the right side with an effort over everyone.

18′: Nkufo begs for the ball on the left wing but no one can get it to him. He’s a targetman on set pieces, but I’m sure they’d like to get him more involved in the run of play.

16′: Montero’s free kick from distance is well over.

15′: Cronin with the booking, going studs-up into a challenge on Alonso.

14′: San Jose might’ve had the best chance in the game so far as Cornell Glen gets through on a breakaway. But Keller stones him!

10′: Moments later Montero finds some space and fires a hard left-footed shot on the ground saved by Busch.

9′: Nkufo with space in the middle, finds Nyassi on the right, who swings in a cross. Montero gets to it in front of the goal, saved off the crossbar! Another good moment for the guys in green and another good save from Busch.

7′: Glen is down on the ground after a collision with Gonzalez, not sure what happened there but he’s rubbing the side of his head as he gets up. Looks to be OK.

7′: Zakuani from the right flank nearly puts Nkufo on a breakaway, but just misses.

5′: San Jose’s Glen does well to beat Gonzalez, but his cross is way off.

4′: More good stuff from Seattle as Nyassi nearly gets through the defense, but he’s knocked off the ball in the box. Moments later, Zakuani makes a run to the endline, but his cross is cleared.

3′: Nkufo might want that one back. The ensuing corner kick is long and Nkufo’s cross back in just misses Parke, who had stayed up.

2′: Montero with a great cross to Nkufo on the far post, his header is saved wide by Busch. Great start for the Sounders.

2′: Seattle is in a 4-4-2 looking something like this.




1′: And we’re off! I’ll get working on the formation.

Pregame: Green tops for Seattle. They’ll be in green-green-blue on your television sets. Looks like the ‘Quakes will be in all-black, a curious home combination in sunny California, but it is a night game…

Pregame: San Jose fans with a tifo reading: “We’ve got two (championships), how about you?”

Pregame: Very healthy group of fans here supporting the visitors. The flags are out, as are the chants. The atmosphere definitely allows you to hear them more easily.

Pregame: Sounders warming up in green shorts and blue socks, we’ll see which top they wear. I’m guessing green.

Pregame: Blaise Nkufo again in the starting lineup for Seattle. New DP Alvaro Fernandez isn’t starting, but is available on the 18-man gameday roster.


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