A brace from Harry Shipp not enough as Revolution secure the draw in the 88th minute.
Seattle came into Saturday afternoons match with New England looking to get back on track. The Rave Green had only managed to pick up 3 points in their last three matches. This led to them slipping down the western table, something they’re used to climbing at this time of year. Nevertheless, they had a chance to leap back into the second spot if they could pick up at least one point against the Revolution.
Sounders came out of the gate quickly. In just the 2nd minute, Jordan Morris crossed the ball in front of goal and found Harry Shipp who netted it. It was Morris’ 3rd assist and Jordy Delem also was credited with his first assist on the play as he gave the lead pass to Morris.
After a few minutes of back and forth play, the Revolution took over. It started in the 27th minute as Michael Mancienne headed a ball into the back of the net for his first goal on the year. The play originally did not stand due to a foul being called. However, referee Dave Ganter went to the video assistant referee (VAR) and concluded that there was no foul on the play. Eight minutes later New England struck again on a header, this time from Gustavo Bou. The 35th minute goal gave New England their first lead of the match and they would take it into halftime.
Twenty minutes into the second half, the Sounders gave their own one-two punch. In the 65th, on a cross from Joevin Jones, Harry Shipp picked up a brace as he headed in his 5th goal of the season and second of the match. Before anyone could even finish cheering for Shipp, Nicolás Lodeiro put away a shot off the assist from Morris. The Sounders quickly found themselves back in front 3-2.
The lead, once again, did not last. Jordy Delem was called for a handball in the 65th. Revolution captain Carles Gil then stepped up and netted his 9th goal of the season off of the PK. It would be the final time the score book was opened for the afternoon.
With the draw, the Sounders move to 11-6-7 on the season. They currently sit at 39 points, good enough for 2nd in the Western table for now. That may not last long though as San Jose and Minnesota, who just sit one point below them, are yet to play today.
The Sounders next match is in just four days as they will hit the road to take on Real Salt Lake. Seattle beat Real Salt Lake in their only other matchup of the season back on April 6th. They will then close out the month of August with an away match at the struggling LA Galaxy(8/17) and a trip to Portland(8/23) to take on the Timbers.