Houston Dynamo 1, Seattle Sounders 1 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
The Seattle Sounders snatched a win away from the Houston Dynamo at the last possible minute on Sunday afternoon, as Chad Marshall stuck home a goal with the last kick of the game to give the Sounders a much-needed point on the road.
Giles Barnes had what looked to be the game winner, striking in the 35th minute when he took advantage of a napping Seattle defense to find some space and casually loop an effort over Stefan Frei in the Seattle goal.
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid's second-half substitutes sparked what had been a listless starting lineup, and the Sounders applied heavy pressure to the Dynamo throughout the closing stages of the game. Their efforts would eventually pay off as Raul Rodriguez failed to deal with Oalex Anderson's fizzing cross, leaving Marshall with an easy finish to hand Seattle a share of the points deep into stoppage time.
- 35’ – HOU – Giles Barnes (Jalil Anibaba)
- 90+4' – SEA – Chad Marshall
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- SUBS BRING THE (VINCY) HEAT: After a tepid first hour from Seattle, starting right winger Aaron Kovar made way for Anderson, a move that breathed new life in to the Sounders. The youngster from St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been one of the stories of the new season and looked very dangerous using his speed to get behind the Dynamo defense and beat his defender. Though he won’t get the assist, his work was essential in Seattle getting their equalizer.
- KEEP OUT: Marshall’s heroics will justifiably steal the headlines, especially in Seattle, but the story for most of the 90 minutes was the high level of goalkeeping on both ends. Both Frei and Joe Willis finished with six saves on the night and looked very much in command of their areas throughout the evening. Both may have done a little better on the goals, but defensive lapses will be the primary point of focus when those come up on film this week.
- SHIFTING SOUNDERS: Schmid made a few tweaks to his lineup coming into this one, shifting Jordan Morris from the wing to his preferred position at the point of Seattle’s attack and dropping Clint Dempsey further into midfield. The move didn’t quite pay off for the Sounders, who looked static and unimaginative in attack and overrun in the middle of the park for most of the first half. The forward position in particular will pose a quandary for Schmid and his staff, as Morris has yet to score in Rave Green, leaving a big void where Obafemi Martins’ goals used to be.
- HOU: Friday vs. LA Galaxy (7 pm ET, UniMás)
- SEA: Saturday vs. Philadelphia (10 pm ET, MLS LIVE)