Despite picking up a tie and moving back to the top of the table in the West, the Seattle Sounders left their contest against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday disappointed following a 1-1 draw. Despite dominating the majority of the contest and taking a lead early in the second half, Chris Wondolowski leveled the scoreboard in the 65′ and the Earthquakes hung on to a draw.
The Sounders, who had 60% of the possession, struck quickly in the second half on a Chad Barrett goal just 37 seconds into the half. After coming alive late in the first half, the Sounders got the much deserved goal on a beautiful through ball from Obafemi Martins to the streaking Barrett.
Despite the 34 total shots, the game started out slow with sloppy, back-and-forth action. Not until late in the half did Seattle start to assert it’s dominance, predominantly on the right side with DeAndre Yedlin streaking down the wing. However, with San Jose bunkering down, Seattle could not find the goal in the first half.
After Barrett’s strike, San Jose opened up, aborting their bunker in game plan for a more offensive one. The substitution of Cordell Cato for San Jose in the second half negated Yedlin’s ability to bomb down the right side, helping the Earthquakes get back in the game. In fact, it was Cato’s ball that found it’s way through the box and deflected off Wondo’s knee for the equalizer.
The final 25 minutes of play saw San Jose go back to parking the bus and Seattle sending men forward. Originally anticipated as a night off for rest, Clint Dempsey was brought on in the 71st minute to add to the attack.
However, despite controlling the ball for nearly the entirety of the final third of the game, Seattle could hardly amount a shot on goal, a big credit to San Jose’s defense. Their best effort came in the waning moments of extra time when a Martins cross found Dempsey’s head, but the USA international midfielder could manage a weak shot, easily saved by Earthquakes keeper Jon Busch, effectively ending the contest.
With the result, however, Seattle goes to the top of the league for the West, one point clear of Real Salt Lake. With the home stretch approaching, you can guarantee an exciting race to the finish.