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Clipping The Wings Of The Red Bulls
The Sounders gave them all that they could handle in the first half pushing forward and challenging with each possession.
Seattle (3-3-3, 12 points) captured its first road win of the season (1-0) and earned an important three points to lift out of last place in the Western Conference and in the process handed the Red Bulls their second consecutive loss.
Coach Schmid had vowed that there would be changes in the line up until he got the results that he wanted and he was true to his word. “I’m sure Fredy (Montero) wasn’t happy sitting in the bench, I told him on Friday that he wasn’t starting but the minutes that he would play were going to be the most important minutes of the game, “stated Coach Schmid.
“It’s just a situation that, unfortunately, the game of soccer requires work. Fredy just got into a habit where he wasn’t quite active enough. The talent is always there, the ability is always there but he just wasn’t getting into the box where he can be most dangerous,” Coach Schmid continued.
Sanna Nyassi started up top along with Brad Evans and Steve Zakuani as the 4-3-3 formation was retained and Patrick Ianni started for the first time this season in the midfield.
The Sounders played inspired futbol this day and after a scoreless first half, Seattle’s offense attacked early and often in the second, resulting in a 15-8 advantage in shots (4-1 on goal) and 6-2 on corners.
In the 53rd minute, Nyassi beat goalie Bounda Coundoul to the ball and slid a shot toward goal that was stopped just short by a sliding New York defender.
Nyassi fired another dangerous shot in the 46th minute from just outside of the 18 that missed wide right. He was also on the receiving end of another cheap shot by defender Jeremy Hall just outside of the box.
He had already received a yellow card in the first half and the Red Bulls should’ve been finished the game one man down.
Montero came off the bench as a second half substitute in the 77th minute for Nyassi and in the 85th minute he controlled a pass from Brad Evans (his team high second game winning assist of the season), chest to thigh to left foot for the game winning goal.
“I told Coach Schmid that I wanted to make a difference when I came into the game,” said Montero. It was his team high third goal of the season but before it’s all over his plan is to finish with thirty.
Seattle evened the season series with New York who won 1-0 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field on April 3. They’ll return home to the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field for a league match against San Jose on Saturday and a friendly against Argentine side Boca Juniors on May 26.