Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sounders beat Houston 2-0

SEATTLE - David Estrada scored his fourth goal in two games and Brad Evans converted the first penalty kick of the season as Sounders FC defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 in front of 38,30 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Michael Gspurning notched the first clean sheet of his MLS career to help Sounders FC go to 2-0-0 in their debut on NBC Sports Network.

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Sounders FC (2-0-0, 6 points) remain unbeaten on the young season and have improves to 3-2-2 in the all-time regular season series with Houston.

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Houston (2-1-0, 6 points) lost for the first time in 2012 and will resume MLS play on April 15 at Chicago.

Estrada's goal came on a volley after Houston cleared a Seattle corner kick in the 23rd minute. The low, hard shot deflected off Houston defender Geoff Cameron and into the right side of the net after keeper Tally Hall dove left.

The goal gives Estrada four goals through the first two games of the season, a first for a Sounders FC player.

Seattle made it 2-0 just three minutes later when Evans converted a penalty kick after Patrick Ianni was pulled down in the box as he rose to head a corner kick. Evans' shot went low and right, and despite guessing correctly, Hall couldn't make the save.

Evans is now 4-4 in his career on PK's, all coming with Seattle (3-3 in 2011).

The win marks the first time since their inaugural season in 2009 that Sounders FC has started 2-0-0. They have scored five goals through their first two games, also tying a record set in 2009. They have eight goals through four games across all competitions.

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