It’s gone final: Chelsea 4, Sounders 2.
I’ll be back with notes and quotes in some new posts above.
80th minute or so: Zakuani comes in for Alonso, getting nice hand. Montero out. Levesque takes captain’s armband.
66th minute: Roger Levesque comes in to nice ovation.
61st minute: Ianni and Rose come in for Parke and Rosales. Levesque still on bench.
Second half scoreless so far, so it’s still Chelsea, 4-2.
Second half: … has begun. One substitution for Seattle: Ford in goal for Meredith. Several changes for Chelsea.
Halftime: Chelsea up in a wild one, 4-2.
Shots, 10-9, SEA; on goal, 7-4 CHEL; duels percentage, 65% CHEL; possession 54.7% CHEL.
44th minute: GOAL Chelsea. Sounders lose possession at midfield. Marin sends pass ahead to Lukaku, who gets his second goal of hte game. Chelsea, 4-2.
40th minute: GOAL Chelsea, Marin scoring on a not-especially-dangerous looking shot through traffic and apparently deflecting off of Jeff Parke on its way in. Chelsea, 3-2.
32nd minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero again, this time taking a long cross from Rosales, making a slight inside move and firing. 2-2.
14th minute: GOAL Sounders. Montero makes steal just outside area and fires quickly. Chelsea, 2-1.
That was MLS Sounders’ first goal against an EPL team, following 2-0 loss to Chelsea in 2009 and 7-0 to Man U last season.
11th minute: GOAL Chelsea. This time it’s Eden Hazard running past Jeff Parke and cutting inside of Zach Scott before beating Meredith. Chelsea, 2-0.
Third minute: GOAL Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku makes a muscular run down the left slide of the box, sending Jeff Parke sprawling, and finished past Meredith. Assist McEachran. Chelsea, 1-0.
Lineups: For Seattle: GK Meredith; D Scott, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Rosales, Evans, Alonso, Fernandez; F Montero, Johnson. Virtually everyone else on the roster — including Roger Levesque, in his final game — is among the reserves.
For Chelsea: GK Hilario; D Ivanovic, David Luiz, Chalobah, Ferreira; M Mikel, McEachran, Benayoun, Hazard, Marin; F Lukaku
Arrival: Greeting from CenturyLink Field where at 6:30 p.m. European champion Chelsea FC will meet Sounders FC in the local club’s annual international friendly.
The game will be shown on ESPN2 and broadcast on the usual radio outlets. We’ll keep this blog post open before, during and after the match, and will have other updated on Twitter @donruiztnt.
Proclamation: In honor of Roger Levesque’s last game this evening as a professional soccer player and as a member of Seattle Sounders FC, King County executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed this as Roger Levesque Day in King County.