TUKWILA, WASH. - Midfielder Henry Wingo scored a goal in the first half, as Sounders FC 2 (9-15-4, 31 points) drew Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (9-11-8, 35 points) 1-1 at Starfire Stadium on Saturday evening. Now tied for 11th place in the Western Conference, S2 hosts Phoenix Rising on Wednesday in the final home match of the 2017 campaign (7:30 p.m. PT / Live-streamed on SoundersFC.com).
In the 21st minute, Wingo's goal gave S2 the 1-0 advantage. On a counterattack, Wingo received the ball in empty space on the left flank and drove toward the net. He managed to stab a shot from close range that went through goalkeeper Moise Pouaty's legs for his second goal of the USL campaign.
Switchbacks FC equalized in the 45th minute when Josh Suggs sent a cross from the top of the area for Jack Jones, who took one touch and delivered a high-bouncing shot into the upper left corner of the net.
In the second half, S2 heavily pushed to take the lead. Forward Seyi Adekoya nearly made the score 2-1 in the 74th minute, but his shot sailed just inches above the crossbar. A few minutes later, the Homegrown Player took another attempt - this time Adekoya's shot barely drifted wide. In the final five minutes, substitute winger David Olsen had two shots, while midfielder Charles Renken added another, but the Rave Green were unable to convert a chance.
Four points below the postseason cutoff line, Ezra Hendrickson's side wraps up its three-match homestand against Phoenix Rising on Wednesday evening. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1 - 1| Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Benjamin Oakley
Assistants: Seth Martin, Ryan Jung
Fourth Official: Christopher Turner
Weather: 68 degrees and partly cloudy
SEA - Henry Wingo (Zach Mathers) 21'
CSS - Jack Jones (Josh Suggs) 45'
CSS - Rony Argueta (caution) 29'
SEA - Brian Nana-Sinkam (caution) 34'
SEA - Seyi Adekoya (caution) 72'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Tyler Miller; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Steve Whyte; Francisco Narbon, Harry Shipp (David Olsen 85'), Zach Mathers, Henry Wingo; Guy Serge Edoa (Charles Renken 60'), Felix Chenkam (Seyi Adekoya 67')
Substitutes not used: Sam Fowler, Rodrigue Ele, Lorenzo Ramos, Shandon Hopeau
Total shots: 22
Shots on goal: 8
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC - Moise Pouaty; Shawn Chin, Sean McFarlann, Josh Phillips, Josh Suggs; Rony Argueta, Luke Vercollone, AJ Ajeakwa, Shane Malcolm (Aaron King 70'), Jack Jones (Kevaughn Frater 70'); Masta Kacher (Tobenna Uzo 88')
Substitutes not used: Dan Jackson, Pascal Ebonssi
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 7