Chad Marshall's Late Header Seals Sounders' 2-1 Victory Over Philadelphia

by John Zielonka on May.04.2014
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.   

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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