2001 Aug 5
Seattle Sounders  2 - 1  El Paso Patriots
Memorial Stadium, Seattle, WA

27' SEA - O'Brien (Farrell)
35' EP - Rowland
89' SEA - Kinoshita (Henderson)

Seattle: Preston Burpo; Ali John Utush (Mike Casale 45'), Ryan Edwards, Kieran Barton; Scott Jenkins, Leighton O'Brien, Sean Henderson, Viet Nguyen; Kei Kinoshita, Craig Tomlinson (Rees Bettinger 59'), Jason Farrell.

El Paso: Jesse Llamas; Severo Hernandez, Guillermo McFarlane, Michael Griego; Fredy Juarez, Vicente Figueroa, Salvador Mercado, Omar Mora (Jose Abarca 39', Carlos Martinez 60'), Esmundo Rodriguez; Mark Rowland (Luis Macias 81'), Dumitru Mugurel (Paul Cabrera 76').

Match report from the Seattle Sounders:

Kei Kinoshita scored a dramatic goal in the 89th minute to help the Seattle Sounders defeat the El Paso Patriots, 2-1. The goal was Kinoshita's second goal of the year, both being match-winners. This match also featured the loss of three players due to ejection.

Kinoshita's goal was from 10 yards out off a pass from midfielder Sean Henderson. The Sounders had the ball on a counterattack. Henderson controlled the ball on the right side of the El Paso penalty area. Henderson sent a ball across the penalty area for Kinoshita. Kinoshita took a right-footed shot first time. His low shot went in the left center of the net, past the Patriots goalkeeper Jesse Llamas who was not able to get over in time. El Paso were short two players for 12 minutes after their second ejection. Vicente Figueroa (39th minute) and Esmundo Rodriguez (57th minute), both former Sounders, were sent off from the match. Sounders midfielder Leighton O'Brien was sent off in 69th minute for a foul he committed against Fredy Juarez.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead when O'Brien scored his team leading sixth goal of the season in the 27th minute. O'Brien was set up by Jason Farrell.

El Paso tied the score at 1-1 in the 35th minute on a counterattack goal by Mark Rowland. El Paso cleared the ball out of their end towards the Sounders end of the pitch. Sounders defender Ali John Utush attempted to clear the ball out. His clearance hit Rowland in his chest and bounced towards the goal. Rowland's momentum carried him towards the goal. Rowland was able to get around Sounders goalkeeper Preston Burpo and shoot into an empty net.

With the victory, Seattle moved into second place in the Western Conference, seven points behind conference leading Vancouver.

Post-Match Quotes: Sounders Head Coach Bernie James:
"That was the worst professional soccer game I have seen in the long time. Just thank goodness we that we won. Both teams did not play well. El Paso is a tough team to play against. All El Paso does is boot the ball, clear it, and flop after fouls…We (Seattle) have a lot to improve on ourselves."

        Seattle  El Paso
Shots     24       12
Saves      7        9
Corners    5        1
Fouls     11       13
Offsides   1        1

26' EP and SEA - Figueroa and Tomlinson cautioned after an altercation.
39' EP - Figueroa sent off.
41' SEA - AJ Utush cautioned.
57' EP - Rodriguez sent off.
69' SEA -  O'Brien sent off.

Referee: Mac Pinski; Asst Refs: Cory Dean, Fred Mabbott; 4th: Jason Panos
Attendance: 2,162