2001 Jun 15

El Paso Patriots  3 - 1  Seattle Sounders
Soccorro Student Activities Complex, El Paso, TX

11' SEA - Nguyen
78' EP - Dumitru (Farias)
90' EP - Dumitru (Rowland)
90' EP - Mora (Rowland)

El Paso: Jesse Llamas; Severo Hernandez, Guillermo McFarlane, Michael Griego (Omar Mora 77'), Esmundo Rodriguez; Jose Lomeli (Salvador Mercado 45'), Frederico Juarez, Carlos Farias, Vicente Figueroa; Luis Macias (Mark Rowland 45'), Mugurel Dumitru.

Seattle: Preston Burpo; Kieran Barton, Ryan Edwards, Mike Casale; Scott Jenkins, Sean Henderson (Kei Kinoshita 45'), Jason Farrell, Leighton O'Brien; Viet Nguyen, Rees Bettinger (Chad Brown 78'), Peter Hattrup (Craig Tomlinson 65').

a-league.com match report from El Paso fan Jesus Lopez, Jr.
Match report from the El Paso Times.

Match report per the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders gave up the match-winning goal in the 90th minute and went on to lose 3-1 to the El Paso Patriots. Patriots forward Mugurel Dumitru gave El Paso a 2-1 lead when he scored the second of his two goals in the 90th minute. The loss ends an eight match unbeaten streak by the Sounders, dating back to May 11, and they have now lost their last three matches in El Paso.

Dumitru's first goal tied the match at 1-1 when he scored in the 78th minute off a pass from midfielder Carlos Farias. Seattle had taken an early 1-0 lead when forward Viet Nguyen scored his first league goal of the season, unassisted in the 11th minute after a defensive mistake by a Patriots defender.

El Paso outshot Seattle 17 to 8 with Sounders goalkeeper Preston Burpo making 8 saves on the evening.

Post Match Quotes: Sounders Head Coach Bernie James:
"This was a disappointing loss considering we had played so well recently. Soccer is a 90 minute game. We have to put this game behind us and get ready for San Diego tomorrow."

        El Paso  Seattle
Shots:     17        8
Saves:      2        8
Corners:    6        2
Fouls:     17        8
Offsides:   0        0

49' SEA - Edwards cautioned for unsporting behavior.
74' SEA - Barton cautioned for unsporting behavior.

Referee: Jason Anno; Asst Refs: Enrique Sanchez, Rodolfo Nino; 4th: Sergio Vega
Attendance: 3,145