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Late Cahill equalizer gives New York result in Seattle (Video)

Sep 30, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

This a good result for both sides, once you zoom out and see in the big picture. For New York, playing without their two best players, this draw will only look better on closer examination. For Seattle, while a late equalizer leaves the feeling of points lost, they’re still in-control of their Supporters’ Shield fate, a position which would have been slightly more precarious had they contrived to lose on Sunday.

But with the 1-1 result, the Sounders remain one point behind East-leading New York in the Supporters’ Shield chase, and with two games in hand, the Western Conference co-leaders remain  favorites to claim their first regular season title. This weekend’s results did see Real Salt Lake pull even with them in the West, but still holding two games in hand on their Rocky Mountain foes, Seattle can only be so disappointed with the weekend’s results.

Against New York, Sigi Schmid’s team took the lead just before intermission, finally coming good on a slew of late-half chances when Brad Evans converted from the spot. But Seattle lost their edge in the second, allowing New York to hit the woodwork twice before Tim Cahill, lost in the left of the penalty area, buried a late equalizer. The right-footed curler inside Michael Gspurning’s far post gave Red Bull a well-earned point from a match few saw them winning.

That’s because Thierry Henry, with a chronic Achilles condition, was a no-go. Jamison Olave was scratched, too, his knee costing him the battle of conference leaders on Seattle’s FieldTurf surface. Though highly-debated during the week, the decision proved prescient as a unexpectedly heavy storm saw Sunday’s match played beneath a downpour. In those conditions, without their two best players, New York have to be happy with the point, even if they failed to deal a blow to Seattle.

For the Sounders, the result may be disappointing, but they didn’t lose any ground. Against a backline that had not played together before this season, the team may not be satisfied with a draw, but now seven unbeaten and with only one loss in their last 11, the Sounders continue to position themselves for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  1. hildezero - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Good game. Seattle was the better team.

  2. mdac1012 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Good draw for NY, it’s one of those times when a draw feels like a win. I didn’t have high hopes for this game going in without Henry and Olave, especially Olave. You can often cue the Benny Hill music when it comes to the back line when Olave isn’t on the pitch.

    You really saw the value of Tim Cahill tonight, not only offensively but getting back and helping defensively, he brings a toughness to the team that they don’t have when he isn’t playing. TT brought up a good point on the telecast that last weeks game and this game against Seattle are the type of games that the Red Bulls always lost in the past.

  3. mlsconvert88888 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Good match, and definitely a draw that’s a “win” for NY.
    The Sounders were definitely controlling the run of play, but they just couldn’t put the finishing touch on it (pun intended). If not for the PK on the hand ball (a good call, but unlucky for Holgersson as it didn’t appear like he did it intentionally) it might have been NY squeaking out of Seattle with all three points.

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