RECAP: Crew vs. Sounders
Lamar Neagle scored a hat trick as the Seattle Sounders turned a
four-goal first-half blitz into a superlative 6-2 victory on Saturday.
For a match that was expected to be a showdown between two of the
league’s best, Seattle and Neagle were simply unstoppable on the
The bright spot for the Crew: Jeff Cunningham became the league’s
new goal king in the loss. The second-half substitute converted a 59th
minute penalty kick for his 134th career goal, eclipsing Jaime Moreno’s
Mauro Rosales, Mike Fucito and a Josh Gardner own goal accounted for
the rest of the scoring for Seattle, who picked up three points on the
idle LA Galaxy. Gardner scored Columbus’ other goal on a second-half
Seattle drew first blood through the 24-year-old Neagle, who looked
tremendous on the left side of midfield. The Federal Way, Wash., native
cut inside his defender and directed a low shot on goal. Columbus
goalkeeper Will Hesmer failed to corral the ball, letting it slip behind
him and into the goal.
The soft goal was a portent of things to come for the Crew.
Seattle’s second came in the 16th minute, courtesy of a Mauro
Rosales penalty kick. Columbus defender Rich Balchan, making his first
appearance after eight games out with a groin injury, handled the ball
at the edge of the penalty area under pressure from Fucito. Rosales
buried the resulting penalty kick and the rout was on.
With Seattle continuing to pour on the pressure, Neagle got his
second goal in the 21st minute. The midfielder, who has formed a platoon
of sorts with Alvaro Fernandez in left midfield, got his fourth of the
season by calmly converting a touchline cross form James Riley.
The domination continued in the 40th, with the Crew defense standing
by while Fucito rounded Hesmer for Seattle’s fourth. It was a masterful
half from the home side, aided by some crucial miscues from the
visiting defense. Balchan, who was filling in for the Julius James
(yellow card suspension) in central defense, had an especially
forgettable first 45.
It got better briefly for the Crew, as Cunningham converted his
record-breaking penalty kick after a foul on Emilio Renteria, bringing
the score to 4-1. The celebrations were short-lived, as Seattle
continued to attack well into the match.
Neagle’s third of the game was the best of the day, a superb effort
that hit the underside of the crossbar and barely cleared the goal line.
It also marked the first time a Sounders player had tallied a hat trick
in front of a home crowd. By the time Garnder knocked in Seattle’s
sixth, just a minute after he scored on the other end, one had the
feeling that the Crew were ready to get back on the plane and head home.
The six goals marks a franchise best for the Sounders, with the four goals in the first half another new record.
Seattle return to action against FC Dallas in a US Open Cup
semifinal Aug. 30 at the Starfire Sports Complex. The Crew get a
two-week break to regroup before hosting Toronto FC Sept. 10.
Columbus Crew (11-8-7)
Seattle Sounders (13-5-9)
SEA -- Lamar Neagle 3 (Mike Fucito 2) 4
SEA -- Mauro Rosales 5 (penalty kick) 16
SEA -- Lamar Neagle 4 (James Riley 2, Mauro Rosales 8) 21
SEA -- Mike Fucito 1 (Mauro Rosales 9, Fredy Montero 7) 40
CLB -- Jeff Cunningham 2 (penalty kick) 59
SEA -- Lamar Neagle 5 (Osvaldo Alonso 3) 70
CLB -- Josh Gardner 2 (unassisted) 73
SEA -- own goal (Josh Gardner) 74
Columbus Crew -- William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Rich Balchan,
Chad Marshall, Josh Gardner, Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers,
Dilly Duka (Jeff Cunningham 56), Andres Mendoza (Tommy Heinemann 56),
Emilio Renteria (Justin Meram 76).
Substitutes Not Used: Bernardo Anor, Eric Gehrig, Danny O'Rourke, Alex Riggs.
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Andres Mendoza 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Andres Mendoza
2); FOULS: 12 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Kevin Burns 2); CORNER
KICKS: 4 (Josh Gardner 2, Sebastian Miranda 2); SAVES: 2 (William Hesmer
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke (Zach Scott
75), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales (Alvaro Fernandez
71), Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Lamar Neagle, Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua
78), Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Brad Evans, Roger Levesque, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Lamar Neagle 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Lamar Neagle 3);
FOULS: 18 (Erik Friberg 3, Fredy Montero 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Nate Jaqua 1,
Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Mike Fucito 2, Mauro Rosales 2);
SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 5)
CLB -- Kevin Burns (caution; Tactical Foul) 64
SEA -- Jeff Parke (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
SEA -- Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: -Frank Anderson; Ian Anderson
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:50