Note: 26 shots were a new team record (prev. 20). 15 shots were a team record for a half (prev. 13). 12 corner kicks tied a team record. On second look at the PK appeal, Hainault definitely missed the ball. Not a sure-fire PK, but could’ve been called — and as Schmid said after the game, if Leo leaves his leg in (risking injury) he probably gets the call. The yellow card was laughable though.
Final. Sounders FC 1, Houston Dynamo 1. Still a disappointing result for Seattle. But at least it’s a point and a goal.
90′: Four minutes of stoppage time. Writing duties taking over.
85′: Cruz in for Ashe.
80′ GOAL SEATTLE! Cross finds its way to Steve Zakuani on the far post for the tap-in goal. Definitely deserved. Can they get another? It’s tied 1-1.
75′: Ching in for Bruin.
74′: SAVE! Montero free on the right, but Hall comes up big again.
74′: Gonzalez booked for diving. Didn’t look like a PK. Didn’t look like a card either.
71′: He’s officially on for Brad Evans. How far has DP Alvaro Fernandez fallen? Not in the starting lineup or 1st two attacking subs. Friberg into the middle.
68′: Here comes Mauro Rosales.
61′: Jaqua on for White. Nice cheer. Probably a combination for both players.
59′: Nate Jaqua checking in.
55′: Chalk up another shot and another miss as White heads a corner kick offering over the goal.
50′: First goal of the season for Seattle nearly comes off a Houston player as Hainault clears a cross a foot wide of his own goal.
46′: And we’re off in the second half. Cam Weaver in for Jason Garey. No changes for the Sounders.
Halftime: Seattle with three chances in front of the goal just before the whistle, but like the previous 45-some minutes, the Sounders can’t score in frustrating fashion. What a bizarre half. More to come.
42′ GOAL HOUSTON. Lovel Palmer free kick rattles the crossbar. Rebound chance comes to Geoff Cameron, whose deflected shot just sneaks in. Dynamo 1-0.
41′: Seattle still on the offensive. Going into halftime 0-0 would be a massive disappointment.
35′: SAVE! Zakuani takes it from Sarkodie, but his open chance is hit right at Hall.
34′: This is perhaps the most one-sided half of soccer I’ve seen since being on the beat. Score still 0-0 though.
31′: Sounders FC can’t buy a goal. O’Brian White header cleared off the line. Parke’s rebound header off the crossbar. This is getting ridiculous.
27′: SAVE! Tally Hall comes up huge! O’Brian White rises for a powerful header on a Erik Friberg cross. Seemed destined for goal, but the Gig Harbor native Hall tips it out.
20′: On a free kick, Montero tees up Ianni from 30-plus yards, but it’s off target. Sounders need to test Tally Hall better.
18′: Seattle remains in control but is searching for a goal. Friberg swings in a cross but it’s cleared. Then Montero hits a shot from distance — appears to be deflected for a corner, but goal kick is the call.
14′: Great combo play by Zakuani-White-Evans leads to an open goal chance for Zakuani. But he hits it off target.
11′: Garey wrestles it from Parke in the back, but his shot is hit right at Keller.
10′: MISS! Brad Evans with a shot from distance. Almost swerves into the upper 90, but it’s out for a goal kick.
9′: O’Brian White with a great showing of size and speed to get to a ball behind the Dynamo backline. His shot from a tough angle is blocked out for a corner kick. The set piece is cleared out.
8′: Sounders FC in control early. Could be up a man though.
3′: Wow! Friberg behind the defense, pulled back by Hunter Freeman. Only a yellow card given. Very easily could’ve been red. Fredy Montero’s free kick is blocked.
1′: Erik Friberg playing on the right. Brad Evans in the middle.
1′: And we’re off! Again, probably the smallest crowd I’ve seen here for a league game at this stage. We’ll give it a little time before making a bigger deal of it.
Pregame: Sounders FC in the familiar green-blue-green combo at home. Houston in orange-white-orange.
Pregame: Seems like a late-arriving crowd tonight. Tickets were still available midweek. We’ll hear if it’s a sellout midway through the second half.
Pregame: Lots of news already if you look at the post below. Defender James Riley is out with a concussion he suffered in training yesterday.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Alvaro Fernandez have moved to the bench in favor of Patrick Ianni and Brad Evans. We’ll have to wait for Sigi Schmid’s explanation after the game to figure out what happened there.