A-League playoffs, 2nd round, match 2:
Seattle Sounders 0 - 1 San Diego Flash
Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton, WA
11' SD: Watson (Farias)
Seattle: Preston Burpo; Bernie James, Jason Annicchero, Craig Waibel (Ralph Robertson 23, Erik Storkson 52); Scott Jenkins (Mark Baena 68), Shan Gaw, Sean Henderson, Kieran Barton (Peter Hattrup 76), Viet Nguyen; Alexander Nouri, Ian Russell.
San Diego: Kevin Rueda; PJ Brown, Carlos Cruz (Daniel Sindui 84), Jamie Munro; Jerome Watson, Kevin Legg (Noah Gins 70), Carlos Farias, Eric Chaisongkram (Anthony Farace 81), Nate Hetherington; Antonio Robles (Mauricio Alegre 46), Chugger Adair.
The Seattle Sounders were defeated by the San Diego Flash, 1-0, before 4,426 at Renton Memorial Stadium. Defensive midfielder Jerome Watson scored the match-winning goal in the 11th minute, assisted by Carlos Farias. The loss eliminates the Sounders from the playoffs. The Sounders' best scoring chance came in the 84th minute when Mark Baena had a shot go wide left, from a pass by Ian Russell. Sounders were forced to play a man short after defender Jason Annicchero was given a red card for a tackle in the 82nd minute. San Diego goalkeeper Kevin Rueda made three saves to record the shutout.
The Flash have won the last 6 meetings, 4 in 1999 over Seattle. San Diego outscored Seattle 12-0 this year. San Diego advance to the Western Conference Finals against Minnesota in a best of three series.
11' - The Flash gained possession of the ball in the Seattle end. Farias controlled on the right side at the top of the penalty area. Farias passed to Watson, who had pushed up from his defensive midfield position. Watson, with no Sounders guarding him, dribbled into the penalty area. Burpo came out of net to cut the angle down. Watson chipped the ball over Burpo's head into the left corner of the net for a goal. SEA 0-1 SD.
Halftime: Seattle 0 - 1 San Diego
61' - San Diego's Legg controlled the ball in the penalty area.
Legg turned to shoot at the penalty spot, but his shot was blocked by
Barton and cleared away.
61' - Seattle's Barton shot low from 30 yards out, Rueda made the save.
73' - Seattle's Nouri crossed into the penalty box area for Russell. Russell headed the ball wide left of the goal.
79' - Seattle's Baena shot from outside the penalty area, Rueda made the save.
80' - Seattle's Nguyen slotted ball into the penalty area for Henderson. Henderson's hard shot was saved by Rueda.
82' - Seattle's Annicchero was sent off for a hard, two-footed tackle
from behind. From the resulting free kick, Farias shot the ball
just high over the goal.
84' - Seattle's Russell centered the ball for Baena. Baena, from 10 yards out, shot just wide left of the goal.
Final: Seattle 0 - 1 San Diego
Shots: SEA 10, SD 11
Saves: Burpo 1, Rueda 3
Corners: SEA 6, SD 5
Fouls: SEA 9, SD 10
Offsides: SEA 0, SD 0
41' Barton (SEA) cautioned for a foul
58' Alegre (SD) cautioned for a tackle
58' Farias (SD) cautioned for dissent
82' Annicchero (SEA) sent off for a 2-footed tackle from behind
89' Nguyen (SEA) cautioned for a tackle
Referee: Kevin Stott; Asst. Refs: Cory Dean, Jayson Transtrum; 4th Official:
Attendance: 4,426 (largest home crowd of the season)