Johnson’s 2 goals lead Sounders to win

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comMay 19, 2013 

SEATTLE — Seattle Sounders FC more than passed its Saturday test against the top-ranked team in Major League Soccer.

Getting two goals from Eddie Johnson, Seattle ran its unbeaten streak to six games with a 4-2 win over league-leading FC Dallas before a crowd of 38,979 at CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders’ first goal came in the 16th minute, when Osvaldo Alonso got his head on a goal kick around midfield, sending it back toward the Dallas end. Eddie Johnson ran it down between two Dallas defenders and finished.

Seattle struck again in the 30th minute, when Lamar Neagle got behind the Dallas back line and scored off a pass from Brad Evans.

Dallas erased that in a span of about seven minutes, getting goals from Kenny Cooper and Michel.

But Seattle reclaimed the lead a minute later, when Johnson ran onto a pass rolled in front of the Dallas goal, faked a shot then finished past out-of-position keeper Raul Fernandez.

Back to a one-goal advantage, Seattle took a one-man advantage in the 73rd minute, when Dallas’ Blas Perez received a straight red card after an apparent elbow that sent Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez to the bench.

Seattle settled things in the 83rd minute, when Obafemi Martins scored after a shot saved by Fernandez was recovered by Evans, who got the assist.

Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com @donruiztnt

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