Seattle - Atlanta 2 - 0 Hattrup (S) 26' (2nd) Hoggan (S) 45' (2nd) Attendance: 4,352A fun match, primarily towards the end. The first half came and went scoreless with Alan's boys dominating. They outshot the Ruckus 9-5. Dunn and Medved had the majority of the shots-on for the Sounders. Atlanta had three close attempts which forced Hahnemann to work his magic. He had a excellent match.
The second half started off with the Ruckus controlling the play. This change seemed to came from the fact that Atlanta's Doyle was came out of the backfield and started played an attacking roll. This did two things: it kept most of the play around the Sounders box and it opened up the Ruckus's box.
The first goal came 26 minutes into the second half off a direct kick. Hoggan passed to McCormick who drilled one at the goal that the keeper stopped, but didn't control. Hattrup found a great place for the resultant loose ball, namely the back of the net.
All night Atlanta played the offsides trap. It worked well, but as we've seen in many a soccer match, those that play by the trap often get burned by it. Dunn and the boys only broke through maybe once out of every ten attempts, but that was all it took. Several times the keeper was forced to challenge a lone attacker, leaving the net wide open. The second goal was scored off Hoggan's left foot into one of those empty nets.
Tidbits: Wade Webber was sporting purple hair ala Rodman...Crook is expected to miss at least another four weeks after re-injuring a knee....The Atlanta away kits are really damn ugly. No style at all. Solid white with a huge Red Dog Beer ad across the chest. I hope there home strip is a more imaginative.