San Diego Flash 1 - 2 Seattle
Douglas Stadium, San Diego, CA
36 SEA - Waibel (Nguyen)
56 SD - Slivinski (Farace)
60 SEA - Jenkins (Gregor)
San Diego: Tom Tate; David Banks, PJ Brown, Adam Frye; Mike Slivinski, Nate Hetherington, Kevin Legg (Carlos Calderson 72), Carlos Farias, Mauricio Alegre (Shandley Phillips 74); Mugurel Dumitru, Guillermo Jara (Jerome Watson 67).
Seattle: Bill May; Ali John Utush, Craig Waibel, Scott Jenkins, Kieran Barton, Tim Steidten; Dick McCormick, Viet Nguyen (Chad Brown 62), Andrew Gregor; Greg Howes (JP Capodanno 82), Darren Sawatzky.
Sounders defender Scott Jenkins scored his first goal of the year, giving Seattle a 2-1 win over the San Diego Flash at Douglas Stadium in San Diego, CA. Defenders Craig Waibel and Jenkins scored the Seattle goals. The victory was the first in San Diego for the Sounders since April 17, 1998, a stretch of four matches. The winner of this match was destined to walk off the pitch in possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Craig Waibel opened the scoring in the 36th minute. Viet Nguyen took a Sounders corner kick. Waible ran onto the cross and chested it in from six yards after goalkeeper Tom Tate tried for the cross but didn't get it. Seattle 1-0.
San Diego tied the score in the 56th minute. Midfielder Mike Slivinski, who is a recent addition to San Diego's roster, scored on a corner kick play. The corner kick was placed to the top of the penalty area by Carlos Farias. Silvinski fired it into the net from 24 yards. 1-1.
Scott Jenkins scored the match winner in the 60th minute. Andrew Gregor sent a corner kick to Jenkins at the far post. Jenkins was able to beat a San Diego defender to the near post, powerfully heading the cross into the net. Seattle 2-1.
San Diego were forced to play two men down for the final minutes of the match after Adam Frye, then Carlos Farias, were sent off for their second yellow cards in the 87th and 89th minutes, respectively.
Sounders goalkeeper Bill May notched 6 saves to earn the victory.
Forward JP Capodanno, from Federal Way, called up from the Sounders Select PDL side, came on for ex-teammate Greg Howes in the 82nd minute for his first A-League action. Capodanno was a Sounders draft choice this year but started the season in Oregon finishing up his studies and playing for the Willamette Valley Firebirds.
Unable to play for San Diego were ex-Sounders Mark Baena (ankle injury) and Jason Annicchero (suspended for yellow card accumulation). Seattle forwards Erik Storkson (ankle sprain) and Craig Tomlinson (repaired meniscus in the left knee) were still on the injured list.
Seattle leads the Pacific Division with 62 points, now five points ahead of second-place San Diego. The Flash travel to Seattle to complete the home and home series this Sunday at 5 pm at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Sunday's match will be webcast live at 5 pm by allwebsports.com. Seattle are 8-1-1 in their last ten matches, allowing them to pull into the lead in the tight Pacific Division race.
22 Alegre (SD) cautioned.
28 Waibel (SEA) cautioned.
72 Frye (SD) cautioned.
87 Farias (SD) cautioned.
87 Frye (SD) cautioned and sent off for the second caution.
88 Capodanno (SEA) cautioned.
89 Farias (SD) cautioned and sent off for the second caution.
Referee: Kari Seitz, Asst. Refs: Bryan Elliott, Kia Dehpanah, 4th Official: Nathan Lacy