Sounders, Revolution battle to scoreless tie

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Saturday, April 13, 2013 4:34pm
  • SportsSports

SEATTLE —The Seattle Sounders played their fifth game of the MLS season Saturday.

For the fifth time, they did not win. For the third time, they did not score.

“Just a little bit of deja vu in terms of you’ve got to finish your chances,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “If you finish your chances, you win games.”

The Sounders had chances in their scoreless draw with New England at CenturyLink Field. Seattle took 13 shots, several from promising position.

However, once again, there were no true forwards around to take those shots. Would-be starters Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins were unavailable due to injury, as was top reserve David Estrada.

In their absence, Schmid moved natural midfielders Steve Zakuani and Lamar Neagle up top. They were active, taking four and two shots respectively and accounting for the three attempts Seattle put on target.

But none went in.

“I just can’t buy one at the moment,” Zakuani said. “But these things happen in football. … I know that once that first one goes in, it turns around. Overall, we are happy with how we played. But at this point I think the result is what’s most important, and we didn’t get it again.”

The Sounders fell to 0-3-2, remaining the only winless team in MLS.

Game statistics reflected an urgency to end that distinction, as Seattle won 58 percent of the duels and held 68.5 percent of the possession. But New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made the three saves he needed to make, and the Revs (1-2-2) walked away with the same standings point as Seattle.

“It’s disappointing,” said Seattle midfielder Shalrie Joseph, who played a decade with New England. “The feeling throughout the locker room is a feeling of disappointment. We put out a great effort as a team. We created chances. We moved the ball well. But at the end of the day, not getting three points is disappointing and frustrating.”

Schmid saw some encouragement in the Sounders recording their first shutout in nine games across MLS and Champions League.

However, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning took no consolation in that.

“I haven’t cared, to be honest, that I didn’t have a shutout before the game, and I don’t care that I have a shutout now,” he said. “We are all disappointed as a team, and if one or two statistics are in our favor, we cannot buy anything from this. A win would be by far better.”

Still in pursuit of that goal, the Sounders now face three straight road matches: at Colorado, Philadelphia and Kansas City. And when they return home in mid-May it will be for games against reigning Western Conference champion San Jose and current Western Conference leader Dallas.

“We wanted this win,” Neagle said. “We had our chances that we could have put away. We really needed the three points at home before going on these road games.”

Alonso update

United States men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann attended the match while in town to tour local facilities before the USA-Panama World Cup qualifier June 11 at CenturyLink Field.

Klinsmann said he was disappointed that Sounders Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans, who have national team experience, were unavailable due to injury. He also updated the difficulties in getting clearance to call in midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who defected from Cuba.

“He deserves a chance, he deserves a possibility, but it’s not in our hands unfortunately,” Klinsmann said. “If Cuba is not giving us a clearance – is not giving us a bit of help – FIFA is very kind of strict on those matters. We’re on it, but no movement so far.”

Alonso said he still hopes something will be worked out.

“I know the situation is complicated, and I know there have been conversations,” he said. “My only hope is that through the work that is happening right now that I will have an opportunity to play for the national team.”

More in Sports

Silvertips fall to Americans 3-2 in overtime

Goaltender Blake Lyda, 15, saves 32 shots in an outstanding debut with Everett.

Seahawks’ Bennett says he’ll continue to sit; Avril headed to IR

Seattle’s defensive ends make news that goes far beyond the football field.

Huskies razor-thin at CB heading into UCLA matchup

UW may look to true freshmen with junior Jordan Miller and redshirt freshman Byron Murphy hurt.

Yankees beat Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

Masahiro Tanaka pitches 7 strong innings as New York moves to within one win of the World Series.

REFLECTIONS: Silvertips fall despite impressive Lyda debut

The Game Obviously a 3-2 overtime loss wasn’t the desire result. Nevertheless,… Continue reading

Snow goose prospects outstanding again

The increasing number of snows in the area leads to an increase in the daily bag limit and more.

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Crabbing ‘out front’

By Wayne Kruse For The Herald The just-past summer recreational crab season… Continue reading

Chicago stays alive in NLCS with 3-2 win over Los Angeles

Wade Davis hangs on for a tense 6-out save as Chicago avoids a sweep and forces Game 5.

Wednesday’s prep results, links and recaps

Here are Wednesday’s prep results, links and recaps: BOYS SOCCER Northwest 2B/1B… Continue reading

Most Read