Neagle’s double leads Sounders in rout of Earthquakes

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Photo by Jane Gershovich/JaneG. Photography

By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE – They say it rains but never pours in Seattle, but don’t tell that to the 38,880 that basked in a deluge of Sounders goals Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

A Lamar Neagle brace paired with a brilliant Mauro Rosales strike and an opportunistic late goal from Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to a 4-0 thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes.

For the Sounders (3-3-3), the victory suggests a team that collapsed out of the gate with an 0-3-1 start to the season is firmly back on track. Seattle is now 3-0-2 in its last five matches and earned seven points from a three-game swing through Colorado, Philadelphia, and Kansas City before walloping San Jose Saturday.

“Obviously it was good to get a good result, to get a solid win,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid. “It’s been awhile for us. I was happy with our team. Proud of what our team did on the field.”

The defeat drops the Earthquakes to 3-4-5, a disappointing loss for a team coming off a four-match unbeaten streak. San Jose had also beaten Seattle four straight times, sweeping all three games in 2012 and winning 1-0 in San Jose earlier this season.

“Was it a four-goal, sort of drubbing loss?” San Jose head coach Frank Yallop asked rhetorically. “It was. I felt that we had chances to score, but you’ve got to hand it to Seattle.”

The Sounders opened the match looking aggressive, confident, and opportunistic, generating chances on both the counterattack and through patient buildup. The reward—well, the first reward—came near the half-hour mark.

In the 28th minute, Eddie Johnson found Mauro Rosales in the penalty area with his back to the goal. Rosales chested the ball down toward Neagle, who sent a booming half-volley into the back of the net to give Seattle what turned out to be the only goal it needed.

But more would come, most spectacularly in first-half stoppage time.

In the 46th minute, Mauro Rosales whipped a free kick in from 23 yards out that curled and curled to the left before slapping the inside left post and caroming past a helpless Jon Busch.

San Jose had built its first decent possession of the match in the minutes prior to Rosales’ goal, but the Earthquakes would never again mount a sustained challenge.

“We started to kind of get into the game and then they scored right before half time,” said Yallop. “It makes it tough.”

Neagle added the third goal less than 10 minutes into the second half, getting under a chipped pass from Servando Carrasco and dancing along the top of the penalty area before unleashing a 17-yard left-footed shot past both Justin Morrow and Busch.

After the match Neagle confirmed he felt additional motivation coming off a straight red card suspension.

“Yeah, whenever that happens you feel like you let your teammates down a little bit, kinda left them out to dry,” Neagle said. “So coming back there was a lot of adrenaline.”

San Jose actually attempted more shots (16) than Seattle (14), but rarely seemed to generate an offensive rhythm and could only put three attempts on frame.

“Disappointing performance from us,” said San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin. “They had a few good goals, but we gifted them a few as well, and on the road we can’t do that. The first one we turned the ball over in midfield, which you can’t do. We’ve just got to look at the film during the week and improve on everything.”

The Earthquakes’ best chances came late in the first half as the team trailed 1-0. In the 37th minute Alan Gordon—in his first game back from suspension—found himself unmarked front-and-center inside the six-yard box, but sent a header over the crossbar.

In the 44th minute, Chris Wondolowski redirected a Walter Martinez cross to Gordon just seven yards from goal. But Gordon once again struggled to make much of a good chance, mustering a weak shot that didn’t seriously challenge Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.

Just two minutes later Rosales put the Sounders up 2-0 heading into the half.

Obafemi Martins capped the scoring in the 93rd minute, finding himself in the right place at the right time to collect and finish a botched San Jose clearance just outside the six-yard box. Justin Morrow’s clearance bounced off teammate Victor Bernadez and back to Martins, who thighed the ball down to his left foot and past the charging San Jose goalkeeper.

“If you slip up or make a half a mistake,” Schmid said of Martins, “he’s so quick to pounce on things and immediately turn it into a goal.”

Here are the match highlights:

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10 Responses to Neagle’s double leads Sounders in rout of Earthquakes

  1. Hopper says:

    Eat it thugs!

    • Jason says:

      Awsome! We have haters. Brag all you want, coasting through last season didn’t do us any favors in the playoffs and somehow I think this loss won’t have a negative effect on our performance in this years playoffs (if we make it).

      • dfs says:

        You just now found out you have haters? Your fans attacking a guy and smashing his car then half your team getting suspended for dirty play wasn’t enough of a sign?

  2. Sergio of SF says:

    worst game of the season for the quakes hard to sit through that game is a fan will see you at buckshaw Seattle

  3. Travis says:

    Sigi has a good problem with his striking situation right now, Neagle has played very well thus far and Martins/EJ are playing well too. Although EJ needs to get his temper under control, yes Wondo pulled a cheap move and deliberately tripped him well after the ball was gone but you can’t react like he did. Seattle is finally waking up a bit so we will see if it continues next weekend against Dallas, should be a great game

    • scott47a says:

      All EJ did was stand up and say “WTF? Don’t do that sh*t, bro, or I’ll take you out.”
      I don’t understand why everyone is so hard on GAM. The tackle was way after the ball was released and completely uncalled for. Sometimes you have to confront the bullies if you want the bullying to stop.

      • Travis says:

        He got up and shoved him with both hands in the chest, yellow cards stack up, cant take stupid ones

  4. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Seattle did what they should have done with the line up the Quakes put on the field. Probably a combination of Yallop expirementing (Martinez in Baca’s role, Morrow at CB and Baca and Corrales on the flank?!!), also giving Corrales some minutes and respect as he transitions more to a player/coach role. Also, putting players on the fringe in a heavy away game to see if they could handle the pressure. Seattle was going to throw the kitchen sink at the Quakes after losing 4 in row. Practically a face saving must win at home. Comical reading some of the comments on other sites calling for Yallop’s head for the Quakes’ “death spiral”. It’s all fun and games until the final third of the season anyway. The most interesting thing for me is how Yallop will navigate the locker room chemistry as he transitions Corrales and Hernandez, two long term and well respected players, to radically reduced roles.

    • vik says:

      Is Hernandez being phased out? I thought he was just out with injury and they’re taking it slow putting him back on the field.

      • chris_thebassplayer says:

        Well, pure speculation at this point, but Hernandez is on fumes. Attakora is a better option going forward. He’s younger and much better defensively, especially when marking on crosses.