2009 Jul 11

Sounders reduce Houston Dynamo's league lead and rise to second in points

Seattle Sounders FC  2 - 1  Houston Dynamo

Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

12' HOU: Brad Davis (Brian Mullan, Dominic Oduro)
32' SEA: Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua, Stephen King)
46' SEA: Patrick Ianni (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Freddie Ljungberg)

Seattle: Kasey Keller; Tyson Wahl, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, James Riley; Steve Zakuani (Sebastien Le Toux 56'), Peter Vagenas, Stephen King, Freddie Ljungberg (Roger Levesque 90'); Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua. Substitutes not used: Terry Boss, Nathan Sturgis, Osvaldo Alonso, Sanna Nyassi, Lamar Neagle.

Houston: Pat Onstad; Mike Chabala (Erik Ustruck 60'), Julius James, Craig Waibel, Richard Mulorooney; Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Brian Mullan (Danny Cruz 54'); Kei Kamara, Dominic Oduro (Ade Akinbiyi 62'). Substitutes not used: Talley Hall, John Michael Hayden, Wade Barrett, Cam Weaver.

Match recap from Sounders FC

Patrick Ianni's goal in the opening minute of the second half gave the Seattle Sounders FC its first comeback win, 2-1, over the Houston Dynamo before a capacity crowd of 32,404 on Saturday on Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.

Fredy Montero also scored for the Sounders FC (7-3-7, 28 points), who pulled within three points of the league leading Dynamo (9-4-4, 31 points).

Ianni, a central defender, put Sounders FC ahead in the opening minute of the second half, scoring from 4 yards on an overhead kick. A corner kick by Freddie Ljungberg was headed on by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to Ianni, standing at the right post.

It was Ianni's second career goal and the first in two years. Seattle had been 0-3-4 when allowing the first goal. Houston's Brad Davis struck in the 12th minute to give the visitors an early advantage.

Montero equalized in the 31st minute with his ninth goal of the season. Off a counterattack, he ran onto Nate Jaqua's right-wing cross and on his second touch, chipped over Onstad. Mike Chabala, trailing the play, was judged to have cleared the ball just after it crossed the goal line.

Montero has scored in each of the last five MLS games.

A weak Sounders FC clearance led to the game's opening goal. Davis fired past Kasey Keller from 16 yards after taking a square ball from Brian Mullan in the 12th minute. The Dynamo was unbeaten (9-0-2) in 11 games this year when scoring first.

Seattle was without head coach Sigi Schmid, who was in California attending the marriage of his son, Kurt Schmid. Brian Schmetzer, the top assistant on the staff, served as his replacement.

Seattle and Houston will meet again in 11 days in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal match on July 21 at Starfire Sports Stadium.

          SEA  HOU
Shots:      9   10
Saves:      2    4
Corners:    5    5
Fouls:     14   11
Offsides:   3    1

43' SEA: Hurtado cautioned for a tactical foul
64' SEA: Vagenas cautioned for dissent
66' SEA: Wahl cautioned for a tactical foul
71' HOU: Waibel cautioned for unsporting behavior
90' HOU: Kamara cautioned for a reckless tackle

Referees: Mark Geiger; Corey Rockwell, Emiliano Monje; Landis Wiley

Attendance: 32,404

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