El Paso Patriots 4 - 1 Seattle Sounders
Socorro Stadium, El Paso, Texas.
K. Wilson (EP) 9, Delgado (EP) 24 (own goal), Mercado (EP) 52, E. Wilson (EP) 69, 82.
Seattle: Preston Burpo; Kieran Barton, Bernie James (Peter Hattrup 72), Jason Annichero, Randy Mann; Ralph Robertson, Scott Jenkins (Craig Waibel 52), Shan Gaw, Viet Nguyen; Ian Russell, Erik Storkson.
El Paso: Alfredo Estrada; Roberto Delgado (Alberto Mancera 85), Antonio Banuelos, Guillermo McFarlane, Victor Castro; Salvador Mercado, Cesar Marquez, Kirk Wilson, Oscar Mercado; Eric Wilson; Moreno (Justin Sells 78).
The Seattle Sounders were defeated by the El Paso Patriots 4-1 before 2,589 at Socorro Stadium in El Paso, TX on Friday night. Forward Eric Wilson was the key player for El Paso, scoring two goals and assisting on the game-winner in the in the second half by Oscar Mercado in the 52nd minute. His brother Kirk Wilson scored the first goal and added an assist. The Sounders tied the score at 1-1 in the 24th minute when El Paso scored an own goal for the Sounders, when the ball was headed into the net by Roberto Delgado. El Paso (6-7) got the additional second half goals from Eric Wilson in the 69th and 82nd minutes to pull away for the victory. Ignoring the own goal and including the two recent friendly matches, no Sounder has scored in the past 5 matches.
In a situation that could only happen in the wacky US pro leagues, Kirk Wilson assisted on the first goal against the Sounders in the previous league match against the US Pro-40 Select, and he scored the first goal against the Sounders in this match. Yet his true team is neither of these sides, but rather is the MLS Dallas Burn!
Sounders forward Mark Baena did not play in this game. He was back in the Bay Area with his wife Michelle who is expecting the birth of their child. Scott Jenkins returned to the lineup tonight with a broken bone in his left foot after suffering the injury against Minnesota on May 29. Recently signed midfielder Ralph Robertson made his first appearance for the Sounders.
9' EP: After a give-and-go with Moreno, an unmarked Kirk Wilson slotted home a shot past Burpo from 15 yards. EP 1 - 0 SEA.
12' SEA: Robertson's hard shot from outside the penalty area was saved by Estrada.
13' EP: Marquez headed on goal, saved by Burpo.
16' SEA: Nguyen's hard shot from 20 yards was blocked.
24' SEA: Estrada came off his line to snare a Sounders cross that was targeted for Russell. Defender Delgado attempted to head it back to Estrada, only to put it past him into the net. EP 1 - 1 SEA.
28' EP: Mercado headed just wide.
44' SEA: Russell's indirect kick in the penalty area was blocked by the Patriots.
45' SEA: Following a Sounder throw-in, Nguyen's hard shot was wide.
51' SEA: In the penalty area, Russell tried to chip Estrada, who was able to just deflect it wide. Eric Wilson returned the favor on Burpo, only to go wide right.
52' EP: Moreno maneuvered around Bernie James and dropped the ball to an unmarked Mercado in the penalty area. Mercado beat Burpo with the shot. EP 2 - 1 SEA.
53' EP: Eric Wilson's shot was deflected across the goal mouth and out for a corner kick.
56' SEA: Storkson's header was deflected wide by Estrada.
63' SEA: Robertson's shot grazed the top of the crossbar.
67' EP: Burpo saved Marquez' shot after James was beat to give El Paso a 3-on-2 break
67' SEA: Russell beat two defenders for a shot, saved with one hand by Estrada.
69' EP: Kirk Wilson fed his brother Eric, who beat Bernie James to the ball and angled his shot past Burpo. EP 3 - 1 SEA.
72' SEA: From a corner kick play, Gaw smashed one against the crossbar.
78' SEA: From Hattrup's cross, Russell's 20-yarder was just wide.
82' EP: The Seattle defense fell asleep as Eric Wilson was allowed to receive Baneulos' throw-in 5 yards past the last defender. With only Burpo to beat, Wilson put it in the upper left corner.
Cautions: Gaw (S) 31, Moreno (EP) 34, Marquez (EP) 43.
Referee: Jorge Chavez; Asst. Ref: Robert Baca ; Asst Ref: Jesse Johnson; Fourth Official: Nemecio Calderon
Weather: Overcast, 80 degrees
Seattle El Paso
Shots 11 13
Saves 3 5
Fouls 7 13
Offsides 1 1
Corners 3 4
Cautions 1 2