Sounders Header August 9, 1996

Impact de Montreal 0 - 0 Seattle Sounders 
(Monteal wins shootout 2-1))

Shamelessly wheezed from the Tacoma News Tribune site:
MONTREAL - After battling through 90 minutes of regulation in a scoreless tie, the Seattle Sounders dropped a shootout to the A-League league-leading Montreal Impact on Friday night at Claude-Robillard Stadium.

It was the second consecutive shootout loss suffered at the hands of the Impact for Seattle and the Sounders' third loss in a row.

Of the five players taking shots for Seattle in the shootout, only player-coach Neil Megson connected on his attempt, while Lloyd Barker and Rudy Doliscat each hit for Montreal.

Also lining up for the Sounders were Jason Farrell, Dick McCormick, Tom Bialek and Niall Thompson.

It was the seventh overtime contest for the Sounders, who are 3-4 in shootouts this season. Montreal is 4-0.

The match was marked by brilliant goalkeeping and near-misses by both offenses. In a clash of the A-League's top two goalkeepers, Seattle's Marcus Hahnemann stopped five shots, while Montreal's Paolo Ceccarelli turned away seven.

The Sounders took 11 shots to Montreal's 12.

"It's amazing, Montreal is 2-1 against us this year without scoring a single goal," a disappointed Megson said. "Marcus has totally shut them down. ... It's just the lack of finishing that killed us again."

In three matches against Montreal this season, Seattle has scored one goal in regulation, while the Impact has netted none.

James Dunn made a spectacular save midway through the first half when he saved an open net blast by Impact forward Lloyd Barker. Dunn used his left leg to thwart Barker's attempt, keeping the Impact off the board.

Seattle's physical style irritated Montreal coach Valerio Gazzola, who complained often to the referees. Seattle was called for 13 fouls, while the Impact was whistled for eight.

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