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Chad Marshall's late goal over Philadelphia (1-4-5) extended Seattle's (6-2-1) win streak to four. Marshall's game-winning header with less than five minutes to go in regulation time sent Philadelphia to a 2-1 defeat. The Union are winless in their last eight matches.
Chad Marshall's Late Header Seals Sounders' 2-1 Victory Over Philadelphia
05/03/2014
 
May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Union during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia  2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Union during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Steven Bisig

SEATTLE - Chad Marshall's late goal over Philadelphia (1-4-5) extended Seattle's (6-2-1) win streak to four. Marshall's game-winning header with less than five minutes to go in regulation time sent Philadelphia to a 2-1 defeat.  The Union are  winless in their last eight matches.


Seattle midfielder Brad Evans played a role in the other two scores.  He headed the ball into his own net to give Philadelphia the initial advantage.  Evans received credit for an assist on Obafemi Martins' goal to tie the match at 1-1.

May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) misses own goal shot by Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans (3) (not pictured) during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) misses own goal shot by Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans (3) (not pictured) during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Steven Bisig

The Union scored in the 13th minute on an own goal by Seattle midfielder Brad Evans.  Cristian Maidana's free kick into the box found Evans' head.  The redirected ball sailed past goalkeeper Stefan Frei to give Philadelphia a 1-0 edge.


In the 32nd minute, Dempsey attempted a free kick five yards outside the penalty area.  His shot moved around the wall.  Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath needed a two-handed punch to prevent the tying goal.

May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath (18) punches the ball out of the goal box during the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia  2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath (18) punches the ball out of the goal box during the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Steven Bisig

MacMath saved his third penalty of the year with five minutes left in the second half. Midfielder Amobi Okugo was called for a hand ball inside the penalty area by referee Silviu Petrescu.


Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso stepped up to take the penalty. Alonso directed his attempt to the right side of the goal. MacMath's slight deflection changed the direction of the ball enough to hit the right post.   

May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Amobi Okugo (14) tries to block the second half goal by Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins (9) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia  2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Amobi Okugo (14) tries to block the second half goal by Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins (9) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Philadelphia 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Steven Bisig

Martins tied the match with less than a half hour to go in regulation time.  Evans headed the ball high into the penalty area.  Martins outmaneuvered Philadelphia defender Okugo to gain the advantage.  He then used his chest to place the ball at his feet and notch his fourth goal of the year. Evans received credit for an assist on Martins' tally.

MacMath's heroics twice thwarted Seattle's Marco Pappa. The first stop took place in the 60th minute. The Union stopper extended his arm to send the strike over the crossbar. Five minutes later, MacMath made a two-handed save on Pappa's left-footed strike headed inside the near post.

In the 84th minute, defender Chad Marshall's header gave the home side a 2-1 lead.  Pappa's corner kick allowed Marshall to deflect the ball into the Philadelphia net for the eventual game winner.


The Sounders return to action on Wednesday evening when they host FC Dallas. Next Saturday Philadelphia plays D.C. United in an Eastern Conference matchup.

 
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