Rapids hold on for road point vs. short-handed Sounders

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Photo by Jane Gershovich/Jane G Photography

By DAN KARELL

In his first start since leaving for the Under-20 World Cup, Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin stepped up when his team needed him.

Down a goal in the second half, Yedlin headed a rebound off of Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin across the line for the tying goal. With nine players out injured, and Eddie Johnson away on international duty, the short-handed Sounders couldn’t muster another goal, and settled for a 1-1 draw the Rapids on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

The match also saw on-loan Sounders goalkeeper Andrew Weber make his first start of the season, covering for the injured Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, and Josh Ford. It was also the Rapids first points in Seattle in seven matches.

Taking advantage of the goalkeeper and lineup changes, the Rapids were the first to score. In the 60th minute, Drew Moor raced across the face of goal to send a header in for a goal off a Nick LaBrocca corner kick.

Five minutes later, it was the Sounders turn to capitalize. Midfielder Lamar Neagle hit a close range shot off the far post, with the ball ending up at the feet of Yedlin. His original strike was well parried by Irwin, but the ball flew right into Yedlin’s forward path, scoring on a header to tie the match at one.

Here are the match highlights:

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9 Responses to Rapids hold on for road point vs. short-handed Sounders

  1. Travis says:

    About the only positives Seattle can take from this are that Yedlin and Alonso both played well. Alonso playing well is critical if Seattle wants any shot at putting together a run. Weber was awful on that goal, entirely his fault. Also Carrasco was atrocious yet again, not sure when he will find his way to the bench but it can’t be soon enough.

    • Hopper says:

      Carrasco is clearly in over his head in central midfield at this level. Either convert him into a left back or send him to Portland for a bag of balls.

      • Travis says:

        I think hes an ok squad player who can start a game or two in a pinch but starting him every week is a joke.

  2. RB says:

    Huge point for the Rapids on the road; especially looking at LA, RS & SKC in 3 of their next 4 matches, I think it is…

    • Travis says:

      Does Colorado normally play as defensive as they did today or is it more of something they just do on the road? Not trying to attack, serious question.

      • beto says:

        win at home, draw on the road. oskar’s team can be gritty and can hold down a game.

        • Travis says:

          ya i just remember oskar being fairly naive as a coach when he first came at the start of last year so was wondering how much had changed

      • Excellency says:

        Playing away on three days rest.

        • Rory says:

          With a team so full of youngsters and no stars (except the aging Buddle), the Rapids are doing better than I would have expected. Still wish we had a couple better players but we are putting together a decent year