This goal, scored in the dying minutes of last Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Union, secured a hard fought draw for the Sounders. Played by the banks of the Delaware River, as Seattle commentator Arlo White said at least half a dozen times, in heavy rain and howling wind, it was not pretty to watch. After trailing 1:0 from a deflected free kick in the 32nd minute, the Sounders equalized in final time added on for stoppages.
Coach Sigi Schmid shook things up in the 64th minute bringing on Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero in place of O’Brian White and Leo Gonzalez, in effect adding an extra attacking midfielder in place of defender Gonzalez. The Sounders threw more or less everybody forward and Alvaro (El Flaco) Fernandez, who came on for Erik Friberg in the 78th minute, finally got his head on this one moments before the final whistle.
Things haven’t been going well lately for designated player El Flaco (“the thin one”). After a couple of poor performances, he hasn’t been in the starting line-up and didn’t get any playing time at all against Chicago. Perhaps this goal will help. The Sounders have a lot of strong midfield players to choose from at this point.