Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday Night Football: Sounders get back on track, Dynamo and Fire even

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Chicago Fire
A battle of bottom feeders in each conference ended even as it took a while to find some goals. After each side had a close call in the first half, former Chicago Fire man Alex scored on his first touch after being brought on as a sub to give Houston a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute. Patrick Nyarko made a determined effort to level the score in the 72nd. After a nice series of Fire passes, Nyarko's first shot was saved by Tyler Deric. The Ghanaian, making his first appearance for Chicago this season, was diligent enough to grab his own rebound and score the equalizer. The score finished even at a goal and neither made progress towards digging themselves out of the basement. Chicago remains is last in the East while Houston is in ninth out West.

Seattle Sounders 1-0 DC United
On the other end of the standings, DC United took their Supporters' Shield lead into Seattle to face the Sounders, who are still without Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Seattle controlled the game for the first 25 minutes before getting a boost from some violent play by DC United's Fabian Espindola. Espindola threw an elbow to the throat of Zach Scott. Even with a nearly 60-40 possession advantage, it took Seattle until the 88th minute to secure all three points. Tyrone Mears scored his first of the season by pouncing of  a rebound in space near the corner of the box. His shot curled perfectly past backup keeper Andrew Dykstra to give the Sounders the win. Seattle temporarily jumps back in front of the West, they can drop if Vancouver gets any points against Colorado tonight.

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