Coming into the 2014 season, the Sounders had never been fouled more than 22 times in a game. Following Saturday’s 2-1 road comeback against Chivas USA, Seattle has reached that threshold three times — and the 26 fouls suffered at the StubHub Center were a new record.
Here is a look at the fouls suffered by game:
Week 1 vs. Sporting Kansas City: 25
Week 2 vs. Toronto FC: 25
Week 3 at Montreal: 11
Week 4 vs. Columbus Crew: 17
Week 5 at Portland: 21
Week 6 at FC Dallas: 19
Week7 at Chivas USA 26
The Sounders are on pace to be fouled just about 700 times, an amazing number considering the team record is 438 (set in 2012) and the most by a team last year was 480 (Dallas, Montreal).
Obafemi Martins was a popular target Saturday, being fouled seven times, which ties a Sounders record (set Week 1 by Osvaldo Alonso) and was much as Chivas USA’s whole team. He came into the game having been fouled eight times all season.
This issue will be covered more in my day-after story for Monday’s paper.
Here are some other notes:
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— The Sounders are an MLS-best 3-0-1 on the road after going just 5-10-2 away from home last year.
— The Sounders went 2-0-1 on their three-game road trip despite trailing in each contest.
— The Sounders have won two straight when conceding first.
— The Sounders are on an 8-0-4 run against Chivas USA in MLS dating to 2009, having won six straight.
— The Sounders are on a 10-0-4 run against Chivas USA in all competitions dating to 2009, having won seven straight.
— The Sounders have scored in all seven games, the longest streak to start a season.
— The Sounders haven’t lost in April since 2010, an 8-0-5 run.
— Seven of the Sounders’ 14 goals this season have come in the final 30 minutes.
— Clint Dempsey has had a goal or assist in all five of his games played this season (six goals and three assists total).
— Clint Dempsey’s streak improves to six-straight dating to last season (seven goals and three assists total).
— Clint Dempsey’s run of three-straight games ended, tied for second-longest in MLS this season and tied for third-best in team history.
— Clint Dempsey has been importantly involved in 10 of the 11 goals by Seattle during his time on the field.
— Obafemi Martins scored to end a 373-minute drought.
— Brad Evans came on as a second-half sub in his first action in a month.
— Chivas USA is on a 0-3-3 winless streak.
— Chivas USA hasn’t had a shutout in 13 games.
— Erick Torres’ six goals are tied with Dempsey for the MLS lead.
— Erick Torres is 3 for 3 on penalty kick attempts.