Rapid reaction: Sounders 2, Revs 1

June, 26, 2011
6/26/11
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Revolution/Sounders
Steven Bisig/US PresswireSeattle defender Jeff Parke heads the ball over Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan.

Sainey Nyassi gave the Revolution an early lead, but the Sounders prevailed to take a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Nyassi scored in the 3rd minute to give the guests a lead that lasted until Tyson Wahl tallied in the 34th minute. Alvaro Fernandez scored the deciding goal in the 40th minute to give Seattle the victory.

The loss kept the Revs (3-8-6, 15 points) in eighth place (tied with Toronto FC) in the Eastern Conference, while the Sounders' win elevated them to a tie for second place with FC Dallas in the Western Conference (8-4-7, 31 points).

Why wait? Nyassi’s score three minutes into the match tied Shalrie Joseph’s mark for the quickest goal the Revolution scored this season. Joseph’s third-minute strike came on March 20 against Los Angeles.

Goals hard to come by: Sunday’s loss marked the 11th straight match the Revs were held to a goal or less in league action. Their last multigoal game came during their 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on April 23.

Road woes continue: With the loss, the Revs' record on the road dropped to 0-6-2.

Streaks extended: With the win, Seattle extended its unbeaten streak to six straight (4-0-2), while the Revs' loss extended their winless streak to seven in a row (0-5-2).

Familiar faces: Former Revs defender/midfielder James Riley started for Seattle, while another former Revs midfielder -- Pat Noonan -- entered the match as a substitute in the 69th minute.

Tierney out, Feilhaber in: Benny Feilhaber, who was injured back on May 28 against L.A., was back in the starting XI for the first time in four games. Meanwhile, midfielder Chris Tierney, who was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report prior to the match, did not play.

Next up: The Revs' road trip continues next week when they face Real Salt Lake on July 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.

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