The Sounders came close to pulling out a victory at dilapidated RFK Stadium in Washington DC today, as substitute Marc Burch nearly scored the winner on a diving header in stoppage time. But that shot bounced harmlessly away off the post, and Seattle now flies home to Seattle in a game that easily could have gone either way.
Michael Gspurning used his frame well in punching away a number of threatening balls brought in by Chris Pontius and crew, and the woodwork did it's fair share as well in keeping intact Seattle's second clean sheet of the year.
As good as the Sounders back line has been over the first month of the season, it's a little frustrating watching the team send long ball after hopeless long ball up the side lines in hopes that a Rave Green will win it, frequently to no avail. Scott and Levesque simply can't play ball possession the way Johannson and Rosales can (not that the left flank was free of guilt). It's equally frustrating that the Sounders haven't been able to field a healthy lineup yet this year. But I assume the goals will come, and as long as the defense continues to play well, Seattle's destined for big things.
(watching the Mariners while I type this; Smoak, I like you, and expect you to be a Mariners cornerstone for years, but you are a TERRIBLE base runner. Just saying. )