Sounders FC and D.C. United played to a scoreless draw Saturday before a crown of 15,651 at RFK Stadium.
However, Seattle defender Marc Burch nearly provided the ending of his dreams, as he sent a header off the crossbar in stoppage time against his former team.
The sequence began with a shot by Osvaldo Alonso, which was knocked away by United goalkeeper Joe Willis. The rebound went to Burch, who was streaking through the penalty area.
He got his head to the ball against tight defensive pressure from behind, but couldn’t quite steer it into the net.
“It would have been great for him to kind of show them what kind of contribution he could make,” forward Eddie Johnson said. “But he was unlucky. You give him that chance 10 times, he’ll make it nine times out of 10. It was unlucky, but it was a great performance by the team.”
Burch had started a bit of a controversy during the week by expressing his displeasure with the way he was discarded by D.C. United, for whom he had played from 2007-2011. However, he started on the bench for the first time this season, and played only the final minute.
However, he almost put that minute to brilliant use.
Johnson made his Sounders debut, playing 24 minutes and taking one shot.
“It was good to get out there and try to make a contribution for the team,” he said.
Unofficially, Seattle outshot United 11-8, although D.C. put four on goal to Seattle’s two. The home side also won more duels, 57 percent to 42; had better passing accuracy, 71 percent to 63; and had more possession, 52.1 percent to 47.9.
Seattle moves to 2-1-1 on the season and will return to action a week from today when the Colorado Rapids visit CenturyLink Field.
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