SEATTLE — Zach Scott scored his first career goal, to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
The pivotal moment came in the 63rd minute when Scott scored a glancing header off a Alex Caskey corner kick.
The goal ended a scoring drought for the Sounders that had stretched to 306 minutes over the course of four matches. The Sounders defense has helped mitigate any concerns, having now registered two straight shutouts and have now allowed just one non-penalty goal in their five matches.
The goal came from a particularly unlikely source. It was Scott’s first goal in 2,048 MLS minutes. No player in Sounders history had played more minutes without scoring his first goal.
The match also marked Brian Mullan’s first match in front of the Seattle crowd since he broke Steve Zakuani’s leg with a tackle a little less than a year ago. Mullan was loudly booed when he was introduced and every time he touched the ball.
However Mullan nearly got the last laugh. The Rapids midfielder appeared to give Colorado the lead when he scored off a rebound from a Omar Cummings shot in the 33rd minute. But the goal was waved off as Mullan strayed offside.
The other near breakthrough moment of the first half came when Eddie Johnson sent a through ball to Fredy Montero, who seemed to have a clear 1v1 chance on goal. But Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens came flying outside of the penalty area to sweep the ball away and clear the danger.
After a fairly even first half, the Sounders largely dominated the second. They outshot the Rapids 12-1 in the second half and had the vast majority of the possession in the offensive third.
Despite emotions being high in the building, they never really seemed to be in danger of boiling over on the field until the 87th minute. That’s when Mullan picked up a yellow card for a tackle on Alonso, who then picked up his own yellow card as the two sides exchanged shoves.
The loss is the second straight for the Rapids and their third in four matches. They have also been shut out in both losses.
SEA - Zach Scott (Alex Caskey) 63'
SEA - Eddie Johnson (caution) 47'
SEA - Zach Scott (caution) 49'
COL - Brian Mullan (caution) 87'
SEA - Freddy Montero (caution) 87'
Colorado Rapids lineup: Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Luis Zapata, Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillon (Kamani Hill 69), Martin Rivero, Brian Mullan, Tony Cascio (Andre Akpan 83), Omar Cummings.
Subs not used: Stew Ceus, Tyrone Marshall, Hunter Freeman, Wells Thompson, Joseph Nane.
Seattle Sounders lineup: Michael Gspurning, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Leonardo Gonzalez, Alex Caskey (Marc Burch 75), Brad Evan, Osvaldo Alonso, David Estrada, Eddie Johnson (Samuel Ochoa 66), Freddy Montero (Roger Levesque 89)