Chad Barrett scored his fourth goal of the season to give Sounders FC (11-3-2, 35 points) a hard fought 1-0 win over DC United (7-5-4, 25points) in RFK Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win extended Seattle’s unbeaten streak against D.C. United to four games (3-0-1), including a 398-minute shutout streak in the series.
Barrett headed in a corner kick from Gonzalo Pineda in the 39th minute of the first half and Sounders FC held off a determined DC United team that entered the game as the top team in the Eastern Conference.
The match between the two top teams in MLS was an aggressive, doggy game that saw hard tackles that neared on recklessness.
Each team committed twelve fours bringing the game total to twenty-four.
Sounder FC players Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda were each issued yellow cards in the game and will now miss the Seattle’s’ next game against Vancouver because of yellow card accumulations.
Sounders FC played the game without Obefami Martins( suspension), Clint Dempsey ( World Cup ) and De Andre Yedlin( World Cup)
DC United packed the middle of the field with five midfielders and Sounders FC where never able to kick-start their high-octane offense despite earning a season high nine corner kicks.
Seattle took five shots and three of them where on goal. DC United took 14 shots and only two found there way towards the Sounders FC goal.
SEA – Chad Barrett (Gonzalo Pineda) 39′
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Jalil Anibaba, Leo Gonzalez; Lamar Neagle (David Estrada 85′), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Aaron Kovar 72′); Kenny Cooper, Chad Barrett (Micheal Azira 58′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Zach Scott, Tristan Bowen, Cam Weaver.
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Barrett, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Barrett, 2); FOULS: 12 (2 players, 3); OFFSIDE: 1 (Neagle, 1); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Pineda, 7); SAVES: 2 (Frei, 2).
D.C. United – Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin (Taylor Kemp 87′), Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Chris Korb; Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Lewis Neal (Jared Jeffrey 45′), Chris Rolfe; Eddie Johnson, Luis Silva (Collin Martin 76′).
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Dykstra, Nana Attakora, Alex Caskey, Conor Doyle.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Johnson, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (2 players, 1); FOULS: 12 (Johnson, 3);
OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5 (2 players, 2); SAVES: 2 (Hamid, 2).
Misconduct Summary: SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 20’ SEA – Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 87’
Referee: Silviu Petrescu Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Matthew Nelson 4th Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Attendance: 16,922 Weather: Party cloudy and 86-degrees