The Sounders were nursing a lead deep into stoppage time, when Diego Fagundez split a pair of Seattle defenders to head home the heart-breaking equalizer about 15 seconds ahead of the final whistle.
Not only did the Sounders’ club-record winless streak grow to eight games, but so did their habit of giving up early goals.
This time it came in the 12th minute, when New Englands Saer Sene puts New England took a pass in front of the Seattle goal and beat Andrew Weber from close range. Sene appeared to be offside, and replays appeared to confirm that. However, the goal stood, and with it the Sounders streak of eight straight games surrendering the first goal.
Seattle rallied after that on a pair of goals by Eddie Johnson – his team-leading sixth and seventh of the season.
The first came in the 23rd minute, when Johnson headed in a cross from Mauro Rosales.
The next came in the 36th minute. That one began on a Rosales cross that ran left-to-right through the penalty area. However, Marc Burch caught up to it outside the box and sent it back in toward the far post, where Johnson headed it past New England keeper Matt Reis.
That put the Sounders ahead, 2-1, and that score remained almost until the final whistle. However, both clubs had near-misses they will live to regret.
Sene put at least three shots over the crossbar. And Seattle’s best chance may have come in the 69th minute, when Johnson send a cross in front of the box that teammate Osvaldo Alonso headed high.
The Sounders were still nursing their one goal lead in the final minutes of stoppage time, when the same linesman who seemed to miss the offside call on the first goal frustrated them again.
This time, he called a foul on Alvaro Fernandez, who seemed to have been dumped from behind while wasting time along the touchline.
With possession instead returned to New England, the Revs began their final push, which ended with Fagundez finding room between Burch and Zach Scott and sent his header past Bryan Meredith, a halftime substitution for Weber (groin).
And things don’t get easier. Next up for the Sounders, an Independence Day date at Real Salt Lake.
I’ll add postgame notes and quotes in new posts above.
Stoppage time: GOAL Revs. Diego Fagundez gets onto a header between Scott and Burch to score three minutes and 45 seconds into four minutes of stoppage time. Even, 2-2.
80th minute. Gonzalez in for Caskey. Third and final Seattle sub, so the 11 on now will try to see protect the 2-1 lead.
70th minute: Sounders, 2-1.
69th minute: Brilliant corner move and cross from Johnson, but Alonso header high.
64th minute: Kelyn Rowe on Federal Way coming on for New England, replacing Clyde Simms.
Second half: … has begun. Bryan Meredith in goal for Seattle, as Andrew Weber apparently couldn’t work past his groin injury.
Halftime: Sounders 2-1.
37th minute: Weber gets treatment, Meredith prepares to come on. But Weber sticking in goal for now.
36th minute. GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson again. Another header, this time from Burch. Seattle, 2-1. Johnson’s second of game, third of last two games, team-high seventh of season.
23rd minute: GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson heads in a cross from Mauro Rosales. Even 1-1. Johnson alone as Sounders goal-leader with six.
12th minute: GOAL New England. Sene puts Revs ahead 1-0 in 12th minute. Looked offside, but that one was brewing for a while. NE, 1-0. Eighth straight MLS game where Sounders give up first goal. Time to pull out the climbing equipment yet again.
First 10 minutes: Revolution has had the best chances, including a couple of shots that were sent over the bar from in front of Sounders’ goal. Seattle fortunate not to be in early hole again.
Kickoff: Game has begun. Sounders in rave/rave; Revs in navy/navy.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Weber; D Johansson, Scott, Ianni, Burch; M Evans, Alonso, Rose, Caskey; F Rosales, Johnson. Reserves: Meredith, Hurtado, Gonzalez, Fernandez, Cato, Ochoa, Levesque.
New England just tweeted this as their starting lineup: Reis – Tierney, Soares, McCarthy, Lechner – Nguyen, Joseph, Simms, Feilhaber – Sene,Brettschneider. And these reserves: Shuttleworth, Rowe, Guy, Fagundez, Nyassi, Barnes, Cardenas.
Welcome: A reminder that the Sounders kick off at 4:30 p.m. at New England. The game will be shown on KONG 6/16, and the usual radio spots. I’ll keep this blog post open for pregame, in-game and postgame news and updates. I’ll also be posting on Twitter.
Should be back soon with starting lineups.