MLS Game Summary - D.C. at Seattle|
(Thursday, June 10, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: D.C. 3, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Entering Thursday night's Major League Soccer
fixture, D.C. United attacker Chris Pontius had yet to score a goal in league
play in 2010.
But a three-goal performance helped his team jump out to a 3-0 lead at Seattle
Sounders FC, and they hung on for a 3-2 win despite giving up two stoppage time
The victory, which was United's first on the road this season, pulled it out of
the Eastern basement while stretching its unbeaten streak to three games.
Seattle (4-6-3), on the other hand, goes into the World Cup break losing three
of its last four league fixtures, including two at home.
Pontius opened his account in the 39th minute when a long-range blast eluded
goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
Just five minutes later, Pontius scored his second of the half when he deked
around a defender and fired a left-footed shot right at Keller. The ball
deflected off the veteran goalkeeper's hands and trickled over the goal line
for an uncharacteristic soft goal by the former U.S. international.
United (3-8-1) withstood a furious Seattle charge in the second half,
capitalizing on its only chance to stretch its lead to 3-0 in the 79th minute.
Santino Quaranta launched a high, diagonal cross into the offensive third to
Pontius, who headed across the grain to the right corner of the Seattle goal.
The ball just trickled over the goal line, past Keller, for the 3-0 lead.
But Seattle got a 90th minute goal from James Riley, who's blast from the
right side deflected off defender Barry Rice and in, past United goalkeeper
Less than a minute later Fredy Montero headed home a Freddie Ljungberg cross
from the left side to cut the deficit to 3-2. But with time winding down, that
was as close as the home side could get before the final whistle.
United will aim to carry the momentum from the road victory to Columbus on June
26, while Seattle travels to Philadelphia a day later for its next MLS fixture.
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