July 21, 2013 in Sports

Sounders tie on Yedlin’s goal

Youngster cites ‘luck’ for his first MLS score
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Seattle’s Zach Scott watches Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin dive to block a first-half shot.
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SEATTLE – Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin scored his first career goal five minutes after Colorado took the lead, and the short-handed Sounders tied the Rapids 1-1 on Saturday.

Drew Moor tapped in a goal off a corner from Nick LaBrocca to give the Rapids (8-7-7) a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute. Moor got in front of defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado for the open shot in front of the net.

“I think I probably stole one from Nick there,” Moor said. “It was one of those plays that I had a man marking me on the previous corners and the one just before the goal nobody really marked me.”

“Unfortunately, we conceded the goal that they got,” said Rapids coach Oscar Pareja. “But it was a good match. It was a fight and I like the way we responded.”

Seattle coach Sigi Schmidt said his team should have stopped Colorado’s goal.

“It was a lost assignment on the corner,” Schmidt said. “The goalkeeper (Andrew Weber) came fishing as well, but we completely lost the man we were marking.”

Seattle striker Eddie Johnson (four goals) missed the game because he is with the United States for its Gold Cup quarterfinal match versus El Salvador today and nine other Sounders are injured.

Yedlin got his chance after Lamar Neagle blasted a shot off the far post. Yedlin kicked a shot that goalkeeper Clint Irwin blocked right back to Yedlin for his header.

“A little bit lucky,” said Yedlin, at 20 the youngest player in club history to score in league play. “Lamar had a good shot, but it was unlucky to go off the post. It bounced to me, I hit it first and the keeper made a good save and I was lucky it bounced back and I headed it.”

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