Score: Sounders FC 1 vs. D.C. United 0
Site: RFK Stadium
Records: Sounders FC (11-3-2, 35 points). D.C. United (7-5-4, 25 points)
Man of the Match: Chad Barrett continued his hot streak scoring his third goal in the last four regular season matches. His 39th minute goal came on his third shot of the match after he peppered the San Jose Earthquakes with shots in the U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday. The offseason acquisition now has four goals on the season for Sounders FC.
Telling Stat: D.C. outshot Seattle 14-5 and had over 65-percent of possession in the match. However, the bend-don’t-break Sounders defense allowed just two shots on goal, keeping United’s attack at a safe distance while contesting the shots that came from inside the box. That was key in handing D.C. just its second home loss of the season and first since the season-opener.
What You Missed: Aaron Kovar was sensational in his first appearance for Sounders FC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 18 in a 5-0 win over PSA Elite. On Saturday, he made his MLS debut, coming on in the 72nd minute for Marco Pappa.
So What: Sounders FC takes its MLS-best record into its first meeting against a Western Conference foe since May 31 when Seattle faces Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 5 at BC Place. Seattle will get Obafemi Martins back from suspension, but will have to play without Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda, who both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season and will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation.