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Zakuani starts/assists in 1-1 draw at Dallas

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm with 2 Comments »
September 2, 2012 6:26 pm

It’s gone final at 1-1.

The point pushes Seattle past Los Angeles in the MLS West standings, but leaves them two behind Real Salt Lake.

The Sounders’ goal came from Mauro Rosales, assisted by Steve Zakuani, who got his first start since suffering those leg fractures exactly 500 days ago at Colorado.

Sounders return home Saturday to meet Chivas USA.

I’ll be back with more.

Stoppage time: Four minutes added. Still 1-1.

78th minute: Carrasco on for Osvaldo Alonso, who suffered a nasty head cut and is heading to the locker room.

75th minute: Still, 1-1.

68th minute: Huge save by Gspurning, getting down to his right on a Jackson one-on-one shot. (Sounders 9-2-1 when he starts.)

66th minute: Zakuani out. Alex Caskey in.

60th minute: Hot day, and spaces opening up a bit. Still, 1-1.

Second half: … is under way.

Halftime: Even at 1. Shots even at 6. On goal, 3-2 Dallas. Corners, 3-2 Dallas. Fouls 10-6, Seattle. Offsides 2-0, Seattle. One yellow each. Duels won, 61% Seattle. Possession, 52% Dallas.

35th minute: Evans header on goal, Hartman taps it over the crossbar.

32nd minute: GOAL Dallas. Even 1-1 in 32nd minute. Perez gets to ball in box, sends it back across the goalmouth, past Johansson, where Jackson knocks it it. 1-1.

21st minute: GOAL Sounders. Absolutely flashback Zakuani stop-stutterer-go move to buy space, then knocks it across goalmouth to Rosales who hits the back of the net. Seattle, 1-0.

8th minute: Ianni may have saved one off the line. For Sounders, second bullet dodged early.

6th minute: Perez header on goal but at Gspurning.

First kick: … has been struck. And with it, the end of Steve Zakuani’s 500-day wait to return to starting lineup.

Sounders in rave/rave; Dallas in red hoops, of course.

About the lower 40 percent of the pitch is in shadow: the Sounders’ attacking right side.

Western standings: Sounders will open this game behind San Jose and RSL and even with LA in the MLS Western Conference points race.

Lineup: It’s an interesting one for the Sounders: GK Gspurning; D Johansson, Parke, Ianni, Gonzalez; M Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; Rosales, F Montero, Zakuani. (Zakuani’s first first-team start since April 22, 2012 — exactly 500 days ago, counting today.) Reserves: Ford, Burch, Scott, Carrasco, Caskey, Martinez, Ochoa. (No Eddie Johnson, who also wasn’t in Trinidad.)

For Dallas: Hartman; John, Loyd, Hedges, Benitez; Shea, Goncalves, Jacobson, DeGuzman, Ferreira; Perez.

Pregame: We’re closing on first kick at FC Dallas: 4 p.m.

The game will be shown on KONG, heard on the usual radio outlets, commented on Twitter @donruiz.tnt, along with pregame, in-game and postgame information here. Your comments welcome, as always.

We’ll be back soon with lineups and more.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. EverydayFan says:

    Great opportunity for the Sounders to WIN tonight!
    Come on boys!
    You can do this!!!

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Too bad we didn’t take 3, but glad to see Zak get time and one point v. a desperate team on 3 days rest

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