Apr 7, 2008, 9:18 AM
Sainey Nayssi and Abdoulie Mansally's New England Revolution failed to show up as Sana Nyassi's Seattle Sounders FC load a first half 3-0 win in front of 36,344 fans on Saturday.
The pressure started early with a goal in the 5th minute by Leo Gonzalez and did not let up until the end of the match. It was a Sounders record for most goals in a half, as well as a new attendance record for a regular season in the MLS match.
The Sounders recorded a total of 19 shots, as compared to a mere two by the Revolution.
Sounder's Kasey Keller only had to make one save all night in what is likely one of his easiest clean sheets yet. All of the statistics and play of the game point towards a match completely dominated by the Seattle Sounders.
Gonzalez opened up the score sheet with a great half volley in the 5th minute. Steve Zakuani lit up the crowd in the 24th minute with a hot right-footed to beat Shuttleworth for the second goal of the game.
To finish the scoring of the half, Fredy Montero found his way on to the statistics sheet in the 42nd minute.
Freddie Ljundberg, who was mostly quiet in the first half had a much livelier second half after creating a great deal of opportunities and provided great service from the right midfield position. Ljundberg was very close to several assists throughout the second half, but the Sounders did not manage to add to the goal tally. The Swede made way in the 88th minute by Gambia international Sanna Nyassi.
Seattle, who are sitting on 9th position with 11 points will host D.C United next Thursday, June 10 in their last game before the World Cup break. The Revolution has completed their last game before the break and has so far settled for 11 points with 11 position in the standing. Their next MLS match is June 27, when they will host the Chicago Fire.
In Saturday afternoon at BMO saw both Amadou Sanyang and Emmanuel Gomez's Toronto FC and the Kansas City Wizards ending a match on 10 men and no goals.
Neither host nor visitors could gather up a marker, seeing the Wizards' winless streak hit 8 matches and Toronto FC's unbeaten run going to 5, leaving them at 6th position and 17 points in the standings.