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Seattle Sounders FC
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Final
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Columbus Crew
CLB
Saturday, March 29, 201410:00 PM
CenturyLink FieldMLS Regular SeasonRainMLS LIVE,Q13 FOX,TWCSC-OHAttendance: 38469

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 90'+4'CLBJustin Meram
  • Federico Higuaín
 59'CLBFederico Higuaín 
 22'SEAKenny Cooper
  • Obafemi Martins
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 87'SEA Micheal AziraFoul
 68'CLB Wil TrappFoul
 58'SEA Djimi TraoreProfessional foul
 8'CLB Héctor JiménezDive
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 89'CLB
Justin Meram (M)
Wil Trapp (M)
 86'SEA
Leonardo González (D)
Obafemi Martins (F)
 76'SEA
Sean Okoli (F)
Lamar Neagle (F)
 73'CLB
Ethan Finlay (F)
Héctor Jiménez (M)
 62'CLB
Jairo Arrieta (F)
Dominic Oduro (F)
 60'SEA
Jalil Anibaba (D)
Kenny Cooper (F)

Starting Formations

24Frei17Yedlin14Marshall18Traore15Remick42Azira6Alonso8Pineda33Cooper9Martins27NeagleM1191023124131Clark3Williams5Gonzalez4Parkhurst14Francis12Jiménez20Trapp6Tchani7Anor10Higuaín8OduroM224928131921RAA4

Lineups

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Seattle Sounders FC
24GStefan Frei
17DDeAndre Yedlin
14DChad Marshall
18DDjimi Traore
15DDylan Remick
42MMicheal Azira
6MOsvaldo Alonso
8MGonzalo Pineda
33FKenny Cooper
9FObafemi Martins
27FLamar Neagle
Columbus Crew
1GSteve Clark
3DJosh Williams
5DGiancarlo Gonzalez
4DMichael Parkhurst
14DWaylon Francis
12MHéctor Jiménez
20MWil Trapp
6MTony Tchani
7MBernardo Anor
10FFederico Higuaín
8FDominic Oduro
Bench
1Marcus Hahnemann
19Chad Barrett
10Marco Pappa
23Cam Weaver
12Leonardo González
4Jalil Anibaba
13Sean Okoli
 
2Tyson Wahl
24Agustin Viana
9Justin Meram
28Matt Lampson
13Ethan Finlay
19Jairo Arrieta
21Chad Barson
Managers
  Siegfried Schmid
 
  Gregg Berhalter
OFFICIALS

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RefereeAllen Chapman  
Assistant RefereeJeff Muschik  
Assistant RefereeJeremy Hanson  
Fourth OfficialAlejandro Mariscal  
Saturday, March 29, 2014
10:00 PM
CenturyLink Field
MLS LIVE,Q13 FOX,TWCSC-OH

SEATTLE — Justin Meram scored at the death in second half stoppage time to give the Columbus Crew a come-from-behind 2-1 win over a 10-man Seattle Sounders team on Saturday and continue their best start in franchise history.

Meram’s 94th minute strike came amidst some confusion as the Crew took a short corner with time running out. Federico Higuain found Meram unmarked at the top of the penalty area and he bured his shot from about 18 yards inside the far post. The Sounders, who played the final 30 minutes down a man, had cleared a ball off the line moments earlier and seemed poised to salvage a point.

The loss is the Sounders’ second straight at home and snapped a 51-match unbeaten run when they score the first goal.

Seattle opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with Kenny Cooper’s first goal in rave green. After Lamar Neagle intercepted a pass in the Sounders’ defensive end, he pushed it forward to Obafemi Martins who made a leaping flick that put Cooper into space behind the defense. Cooper was then off to the races with Neagle trailing to create a 2-on-1. Cooper chose to take it himself and rifled his shot inside the far post.

It was the only shot Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark was unable to stop in a first half that saw him make several impressive saves.

Although the Crew opened the match maintaining much of the possession, the Sounders were repeatedly able to get out on counter-attacks and create chances with high pressure.

Neagle, in particular, could have had a hat trick in the opening 45 minutes if not for Clark’s efforts. Clark made a diving stop of a Neagle header at the near post in the 19th minute. A minute later, Neagle got behind the defense on a breakaway, but his shot from about 20 yards out was pushed over the crossbar. Neagle had another good look in the 39th minute, this time lining up a shot from about 10 yards out but Clark again made a diving stop.

Clark’s efforts were nearly rewarded late in the half when the Crew got a wonderful chance against the run of play. Hector Jimenez started the sequence with an overhead pass to Higuain, who eluded Sounders defender Djimi Traore and chipped goalkeeper Stefan Frei from about 10 yards out. But Higuain’s shot struck the crossbar and Bernardo Anor’s header attempt off the rebound went wide of an open net.

The match took a dramatic turn in the 57th minute. First, the Sounders had a golden opportunity to expand their lead when Martins ran down a ball at the end line and put in a cross that wasn’t quite cleared. Alonso was able to hit a diving header in the scramble, but it was right at Clark.

Just a minute later, Crew forward Dominic Oduro was able to get behind the Sounders defense and draw a penalty from Traore, who was also shown a red card for his foul on the speedy striker. Higuain blasted the subsequent penalty into the back of the net to level the score. It was Higuain’s third goal in as many matches.

At that point, it was Frei’s turn to come up big for his team. After seeing his 224-minute shutout streak ended, Frei made several key stops to keep the Sounders in the match. But he was caught flat-footed on the deciding strike.

The Crew improved to 3-0-0 for the first time in franchise history, and will host Toronto FC next Saturday, while the Sounders fell to 2-2-0 and will face their Cascadia rivals, the Portland Timbers, on the road next Saturday.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Federico Higuain Continued his outstanding start to the 2014 season with a goal and assist. Bolstered his early MVP campaign on the night
2 Justin Meram How can an 89th minute substitute make an impression? Score the winner on the final kick, with a terrific strike
3 Osvaldo Alonso Kept Seattle steady after they lost Traore, and his box-to-box game was very good against the Crew