SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — Justin Meram and Emilio Renteria scored to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.
The Sounders (7-3-2) controlled play in the opening 20 minutes and final 10 of the first half, spending the majority of the half in Crew territory. Seattle got off 10 shots and six corner kicks in the first half, but converted none.
Alvaro Fernandez typified the Sounders’ struggles in the first half just before the end of extra time. David Estrada took a lofted pass on the right of the box and sent the ball over the Crew defense to Fernandez, who headed the ball down on bounce wide of the right post.
Fernandez stood with his hands on his hips, stunned by the missed opportunity. It was the best of several chances for the Sounders in the half.
“Not happy,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. “I thought we gave up a soft goal in the first half. We’ve got to do a better job of marking at the back post and we’ve got to score the goal right before halftime. The opportunity that Fernandez had makes it 1-1 and that changes everything.”
The Crew came in 0-3-3 against Seattle since the Sounders entered MLS three seasons ago. Seattle even beat Columbus in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup final.
Seattle’s Marc Burch received a yellow card in the 85th minute, and Osvaldo Alonso received one in the 88th.