Union and Sounders end in a draw

For almost the entire second half, it looked like the Union were en route to a 1-0 win that was just like their other wins this season: a combination of strong defense and an opportunistic goal.

But in the 91st minute, the Seattle Sounders tore up the script.

Alvaro Fernandez’s header in traffic deflected off the right post and into Faryd Mondragón’s net in stoppage time of the second half, giving the Sounders a 1-1 draw with the Union at a rain-swept PPL Park.

The Union’s goal came in the 32nd minute, as Carlos Ruiz fired a swerving free kick past veteran Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

Seattle had a number of opportunities to tie the game late in the second half, but only broke through on their very last chance.

A corner kick from the right side came to Fredy Montero at the top left side of the 18-yard the box, who crossed the ball back into the a scrum of players in front of the net. With Mondragon stuck in traffic, Fernandez got open and headed the ball into the net off the right post.