Orange County Waves 2 - 2 Seattle Sounders
Santa Ana Bowl, Santa Ana, CA
12 OC - Boyce
43 SEA - Lak own goal
73 OC - Leal
87 SEA - Howes
Orange County: Matt Reis; Jake Dancy, Shawn Sanders, Peter Lak; Kenny Hesse, Danny Barber, Sean Lockhart (Steve Patterson 83), Anthony Farace (Colby Jackson 46); Jose Vasquez, Nick Theslof (Gustavo Leal 53), Jason Boyce (Brandon Fonseca 84, Adam Cooper 101).
Seattle: Bill May; Ali John Utush, Kieran Barton, Scott Jenkins, Craig Waibel (Viet Nguyen 66); Dick McCormick, Sean Henderson (Erik Storkson 50), Andrew Gregor, Darren Sawatzky; Rashid Utush, Craig Tomlinson (Greg Howes 75).
The Seattle Sounders came from behind to tie the Orange County Waves 2-2 in Santa Ana, CA. Sounders rookie midfielder Greg Howes (from Tacoma) scored the match-tying goal in the 87th minute.
Orange County scored first on a Jason Boyce goal in the 12th minute. Seattle tied the score on an own-goal off the foot of Waves defender Peter Lak in the 43rd minute. The Sounders lost a player when forward Rashid Utush was ejected in the 60th minute for his second yellow card.
The Waves capitalized playing up a man when Gustavo Leal scored in the 73rd minute. That goal gave Orange County a 2-1 lead, setting up Howes' heroic goal.
Referee Charles McKay handed out nine yellow cards and called 24 fouls on Orange County and 16 on Seattle. Sounders goalkeeper made 12 saves to get the tie. May played in his first match of the season for Seattle. Waves goalkeeper Matt Reis, on loan from MLS Los Angeles Galaxy, made 17 saves.
Seattle had won their last 4 matches over Orange County, dating back to 1998.
Post Game Quotes - Sounders Head Coach Neil Megson:
This was another physical game by both teams. I thought considering the heat and it was our second game in three days, we played well. All of our guys gave a good effort. It was nice to see the guys dig deep and get that game tying goal.