Updated Aug 27, 2011 - 8:05 pm
Match review: Seattle Sounders FC 6 - 2 Columbus Crew
by John Zielonka, 710 ESPN Seattle
Seattle handed the Eastern Conference leaders a resounding beating by a score of 6-2. Midfielder Lamar Neagle scored a hat trick in a record setting performance for Seattle. The six goals set a franchise record.
The Crew's Jeff Cunningham converted the penalty kick in the 59th minute to tally 134 goals that made him the MLS' career leader. He passed Jaime Moreno's previous total of 133.
The other offensive leader for Seattle was midfielder Mauro Rosales. He scored on a penalty and was credited with two assists.
Mike Fucito notched the other goal for the Sounders and his first MLS goal of the 2011 campaign. Columbus' Josh Gardner not only scored but also received the dubious honor of putting a cross into his own net to round out the scoring for the Sounders.
Man of the match: Lamar Neagle
Photo courtesy of Jane Gershovich
The local hero from Federal Way endeared himself to supporters with three goals that gave him five for the year. He's found his scoring touch after a previous stint with the Sounders in 2009. Neagle continued to gain experience and confidence while playing with the USL Charleston Battery in 2010 and also in Finland with IFK Mariehamn (2010-2011).
"Since it's so early I've kind of worked my way up with the Sounders. The level was kind of just a little bit too fast for me in 2009 and going down really helped me out in Charleston."--Lamar Neagle, Sounders FC midfielder
"He feels he can go back to Federal Way and they'll actually treat him well and treat him with respect."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
"It's something he's working on every day and every training [session], trying to get his chances. Today, three goals and I'm very happy for him." Mauro Rosales, Sounders FC midfielder
Record setter: Jeff Cunningham
The Jamaican native started his MLS career with Columbus in 1998 and returned this year for his second stint with the Crew. In between he tallied 133 goals and today's strike placed at the top of MLS career goals.
"As the penalty got called, I was sort of surprised because I saw some of their players grab the ball ahead of Jeff [Cunningham], and I'm like going 'I can't believe they're not going to give them the goal here today or give the try.'...Jeff's had a great career in this league and he's scored a lot of goals. It's great to see him get that behind him."Sigi Schmid
"That is probably the only positive thing to come from the game today. For him to get a goal and his record is a good thing."--Robert Warzycha, Columbus Crew head coach
Video reactions: Lamar Neagle and Jeff Cunningham
Unsung hero (again!!!): Mauro Rosales
Rosales consistency does not waver from match-to-match. His three points and energetic play in midfield throughout the season makes him, in words of the old Yankees Reggie Jackson, "the straw that stirs the drink" for the streaking Sounders. Today's win equaled last year's point total of 48. Seattle still has two months remaining in the MLS regular season.
The Argentine native now has five goals and ten assists in all competitions. His 15 points are only one behind Fredy Montero.
"I think we were over-concentrated about this game because we knew they were a tough team. I think we did our jobs. We played very focused. We love playing at home and nobody can take the points from our home."--Mauro Rosales
They said it:
"It was good. I think it's been a long time coming for me. I've been close a lot of times so to finally break the ice was great and there will be more to come."--Mike Fucito
"They put us under pressure to start. I haven't seen the replays of the penalty but I was sure I saved the first one, but I have to do better on that one. From there it was just downhill."--William Hesmer, Columbus Crew goalie
"The goals we gave up today are not the best ones. We made a lot of mistakes and they punished us. I think it was fortunate for Seattle that they scored easy goals today."--Robert Warzycha
"I know Hesmer's a quality goalkeeper; those aren't the kind of goals you expect to get against him. Then we were able to parlay that and score more goals after that. I thought, offensively, our combinations, our cohesion were very good at times."--Sigi Schmid
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