Jun 28, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) elbows Seattle Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett (19) as they leap to head the ball in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. Sounders FC won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Sounders Beat DC, 1-0

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Chad Barrett’s header in first half give Seattle Sounders the 1-0 win in return from World Cup break

In the Seattle Sounders return to action since the two-week break for the World Cup, keeper Stefan Frei made two saves and Chad Barrett‘s first half header would be the difference as Seattle marches out of RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. with a 1-0 win over DC United.

Still without Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin who are with the US Men’s National Team and Obafemi Martins to suspension, Seattle still held their ground and worked a direct attack to earn the away victory.

In a meeting of the conference leaders, DC’s Eddie Johnson got his first regular season chance to shine against his former club, managing three shots against the Sounders, one almost being the tying header late in the 81st minute.

Seattle started off rather rusty in the first fifteen of the match, seemingly shaking off the small vacation and finding a comfort level to work with. DC, while in the same funk, managed to make Seattle work early on to maintain the tie.

Seattle got their attack started at the 16′ mark when forward Kenny Cooper connected a header on a cross from Marco Poppa towards the net, until United keeper Bill Hamid managed to handle the strike over the crossbar and keep the game locked in the 0-0 draw.

Off of a misplay by DC center back Bobby Boswell, Barrett carried the ball to the eighteen and  took a strike on net in the 22′ from just outside the box, making Hamid drop to his right and push the ball away to his right.

DC continued to pressure Seattle, nearly scoring the opener in the 24th minute, DC right back Chris Korb rifled a ball to Johnson in the center, Johnson shanked his shot and the ball landed at the feet of Chris Rolfe who volleyed a shot far post that railed the post and rebounded out of the Seattle box.

Only fifteen minutes passed until Seattle got the opening and only goal.

Off of a cross from Gonzalo Pineda that landed right on Hamid, DC’s Rolfe managed to head it away from net right to Pappa, who played the ball to Gonzalo Pineda. Pineda took one touch and delivered a beautiful cross right to the penalty spot, where Barrett redirected the ball to the upper corner of the net, just over Hamid’s shoulder.

Both teams fought endlessly, with DC knocking on the door.

DC’s best chance came in the 81st minute, a streaking Johnson took a nice cross from Sean Franklin to the right, and the uneven header just sailed wide to the left of Frei.

At the final whistle, it was the Sounders who were on top, 1-0 the final score at full time. The clean sheet was Frei’s fifth of the season.

Seattle continues their unbeaten streak to five games, continuing to a 11-3-2 for 35 points in 16 games. DC now shares the top spot in the east with Sporting Kansas City with 25 points in 16 games and a 7-5-2 record.

Seattle returns to the west coast in a visit just over the border in Vancouver against the Whitecaps FC at 7 PM PDT on Saturday July 5. Check back here on Soundersnation.com for match coverage!

 

 

 

 

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