It’s gone final. Sounders 1, Philadelphia 0.
Seattle goes to 6-1-1 on the season. Union falls to 2-5-1.
First goal of the season to Mauro Rosales. First assist to Fredy Montero.
I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
72nd minute: Rosales goes out to a nice hand. Leo Gonzalez in. Montero takes the captain’s armband.
63rd minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero rolls a pass across the pitch to Rosales, who finishes strong. Seattle, 1-0. Rosales’ first goal of the season. Assist to Montero.
61st minute: Rose out, Eddie Johnson in. Johnson, of course, has scored in his last two games.
47th minute: Andy Rose puts header off crossbar.
Second half: … has begun. No substitutions for either side.
Seattle took seven shots to Philly’s one and put four on goal to Philly’s zero. Sounders also three corners to two. And 52.3% possession to 47.7.
First 30: As before: Scoreless, with Sounders having the better chances.
First 15: Scoreless. Best chances to Sounders.
Kickoff: We’re under way on an absolutely beautiful sun-splashed pitch. Union in blue/blue (with the cool vertical gold jersey stripe … some of my favorite kits), Sounders in rave/blue.
Lineups: For Seattle: G Meredith;; D Johansson, Ianni, Parke, Burch; M Rosales, Alonso, Rose, Caskey; F Montero, Estrada. Reserves: Weber, Carrasco, Cato, Gonzalez, Johnson, Ochoa, Scott.
For Philly: G MacMath; D Valdes, Williams, Califf, Gaddis; M Gomez, Farfan, Daniel, Herdling; F Adu, Pajoy. Reserves: Harrison, Carroll, Hernandez, Lopez, Martinez, Mwanga, Okugo.
Pregame: The sun in jump in and out behind clouds as things start stirring at CenturyLink Field.
We’ll keep this post updated with any breaking pregame news, including what should be a very interesting Sounders lineup as they head into their third game in eight days … and face Wednesday and Saturday games again next week … including a midweek road trip to Dallas.
I think we’ll keep this blog open through the game, and then return to live blogging for the road game in Dallas. In either format, comments encouraged.
Game day: The Philadelphia Union — which has a winning record against the Sounders — arrives at CenturyLink Field this afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA UNION (2-4-1; 7 POINTS)
AT SOUNDERS FC (5-1-1; 16 POINTS)
1:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Philadelphia: G 3, Gabriel Gomez; A 1, Danny Mwanga and Roger Torres; S 11, Lionard Pajoy; SOG 6, Gomez; GAA 1.14, Zac MacMath. For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alvaro Fernandez; S 35, Fredy Montero; SOG 11, Montero; GAA 0.46, Michael Gspurning.
HEAD TO HEAD: Philadelphia leads, 2-1-1 overall. The series is 1-1 in Seattle. Last season, the Union won in Seattle, and the clubs played to a scoreless draw on the Union’s home pitch. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.
NOTES: Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is expected to miss two or three weeks with a hip injury that forced him out at halftime of the 2-0 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday. Bryan Meredith will make his first MLS start. Andrew Weber will be the reserve keeper. … Coach Sigi Schmid didn’t tip his hand about his lineup for what will be the club’s third match in eight days. However, defender Patrick Ianni (back) is expected to be available, while midfielder Alvaro Fernandez (quad) remains doubtful. … Philly coach Peter Nowak and defender Gabriel Farfan are out due to disciplinary suspensions. … Seattle is 4-1 at home, the Union is 1-2 away. … Seattle is 3-0-1 against Eastern Conference clubs this season. Philadelphia is 2-9-4 all-time when playing in the Mountain and Pacific time zones… Kickoff has been moved back 30 minutes from the original 1 o’clock start time. … Former Sounders announcer Arlo White will handle play-by-play duties on this national telecast. … The referee is Ricardo Salazar.
QUOTABLE: “(Our) careers are pretty similar: a lot of expectations. We’ve had our ups and downs and long spells, playing in different teams. When he went to the second division in Turkey, I think he started to come into his own, started scoring some goals, got himself back into the national team. … He’s definitely a guy we have to look out for.” – Seattle’s Eddie Johnson on Philadelphia’s Freddy Adu.
NEXT: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at FC Dallas.