July 24, 1998

Seattle Sounders  0 - 1  Nashville Metros, after extra time
Memorial Stadium, Seattle
Ilarianov (Nas) 93'

Sea: Dusty Hudock; Bernie James, Jason Annicchero, Randy Mann; David Hoggan, Brandon Prideaux, Scott Jenkins, Dick McCormick; Mark Baena, Patrick Beech (78' Peter Hattrup), Erik Storkson.

Nas: Michael LaBerge; CW Raines III, Gabe Eastman, Kevin Quigley (52' Chris McDonald); Myles Stoddard, Steve Klein, John Jones, Tim Leonard; Jose Londono (62' Ivayalo Ilarianov), Ross Comeaux (58' Martin Reynders), John Smith.

Match report from Ron Stickney:
The Seattle Sounders rarely allowed the Nashville Metros any chance during regulation, but turned the ball over for a golden opportunity which the Metros converted early in the overtime period. Substitute Ivayalo Ilarianov finished John Smith's cross for the golden goal, giving Nashville the 0-1 victory.

Seattle had plenty of chances, outshooting Nashville 17-8, but had a tendency to send the ball over the cross bar.

Peter Hattrup returned to the Sounders earlier in the day, on loan from the indoor NPSL Milwaukee Wave, and entered late in the second half.

First Half

Seattle had nearly all the chances the first half. In the opening minutes, Patrick Beech received a long pass behind the defense, beat his marker with a turn and fired a low shot to force a diving save by Michael LaBerge. Jason Annicchero had a good chance 8 yards out from a Dick McCormick corner kick, but the volley was just over the bar. Erik Storkson fed a good ball to Mark Baena, who attempted to chip over LaBerge, but the keeper made the save. A minute later Baena chested Brandon Prideaux's cross down for a McCormick shot from 25 yards, sent wide. Storkson flicked on Jenkins' throw-in to Beech, who sent the volley over.

Four minutes from the whistle, Nashville finally forced a save from Dusty Hudock when Jose Londono fed Tim Leonard for a 25-yard shot up the middle.

Seattle got one more chance in the half when McCormick's free kick from the left found Beech's head for a shot that grazed the outside of the right post.

Halftime:  0 - 0

The home fans got a scare when the normally reliable Annicchero gave the ball away near the Seattle penalty area, but sweeper Bernie James prevented Nashville from turning the opportunity into a shot.

Seattle's first good chance came when Beech's acrobatic volley with his back to the goal put Storkson free 10 yards out on the right, but Storkson's volley shot was sent way over when he should have done better. That made three good chances sent over the bar thus far. But there would be more. Beech was next, heading a corner kick over.

On a Seattle attack at 73', David Hoggan juked a defender to earn a shot up the middle that deflected off a defender but stayed on goal. LaBerge managed to clear the ball up and out with his foot for a corner. The corner kick was cleared and Hoggan fired it back in, but yet again the shot was over the bar.

Nashville's Ivayalo Ilarianov, who replaced Londono earlier in the second half, tried a long shot but bent it away from the top far corner.

Hoggan beat a man to cross to the far post for Beech, but he couldn't get high enough and headed just over. Seattle's last good chance came at 82' when Jenkins' throw-in was headed at the cross bar by McCormick and pushed over by LaBerge. McCormick's corner kick was headed over yet again by Storkson. Message for the Sounders: Get up, head it down.

The last chance of regulation went to Nashville when Chris McDonald, on for Kevin Quigley, dribbled into the middle for a 30-yard shot that missed the top far corner by a few yards.

Regulation:  0 - 0

93' Ilarianov (Smith). Seattle never got a shot in the overtime period. Instead, they allowed Nashville an opportunity when one Sounder midfielder gave the ball away near the halfway line and another midfielder tried for the ball and was beat, resulting in a 3-on-2 attack for Nashville. John Smith took the ball to the end line on the left and sent a low cross past Hudock. Ilarianov beat his marker to the ball to finish the golden goal from 6 yards.

After Extra Time:  Seattle  0 - 1  Nashville


Shots: Sea 17, Nas 8
Saves: Hudock 1, LaBerge 5
Corners: Sea 8, Nas 2
Fouls: Sea 7, Nas 9
Offside: Sea 3, Nas 1

2' Quigley (NAS) cautioned for an early hard foul on McCormick
53' McCormick (Sea) cautioned for a foul from behind
90' Mann (Sea) cautioned for something he said or did before the kickoff for overtime

Referee: Dean Agir
Attendance: 3,115