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The Sounders Jordy Delem was whistled for a handball in the penalty area in the 87th minute setting up a New England Revolution goal kick that found net for the equalizer and the 3-3 tie. The single point earned the Sounders the pole position for 2nd place in the Western Conference, however the tie is a bit of a let down considering how much the Sounders fought back all game long to earn the lead only to fritter it away.
Harsh call. pic.twitter.com/OFTXXzLpZw
— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 10, 2019
The Rave Green jumped on top early as just 2 minutes in as Delem and Jordan Morris tag teamed to bring the ball up field. A ball headed to Raul Ruidiaz missed but Harry Shipp was there to clean up the errant pass for an easy far post goal.
The Revs would grab a pair of goals in the 27th and 35th minute as it became apparent the defensive might that we have seen from the Sounders in the last 3 years no longer exists. The Rave Green backs looked out of sync and unable to keep up with the Revs offense.
The pendulum swung back to the Sounders as they scored back-to-back goals. Shipp picked up a brace (second goal of the game) off a header, and Nico Lodeiro scored just a minute later off a deflection.
• Harry Shipp
• Harry Shipp
• Nico Lodeiro
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) August 11, 2019
The Rave Green had the overwhelming shot advantage with 21-11 over the Revs. Unfortunately, the Sounders back line failed to come up big when needed. There are growing pains from the young backs as Chad Marshall, Brad Smith, and Roman Torres are rather large shoes to be filled.