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Sounders extend Revolution’s skid

Associated Press / June 27, 2011

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Tyson Wahl and Alvaro Fernandez scored six minutes apart late in the first half to rally the Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the Revolution yesterday in Seattle.

The Revolution (3-8-6) are on a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) since a 1-0 victory at home against Vancouver May 14. The Sounders (8-4-7) won their season-high third straight and are unbeaten in their last six (4-0-2).

The Revolution pressed for the equalizer throughout the second half, and nearly had it late in the 85th minute when Zack Schilawski, who had come on four minutes earlier, cracked a 30-yarder that was out of goalkeeper Kasey Keller’s reach, but it hit the crossbar and flew high in the air before falling away.

“We can’t get a break,’’ coach Steve Nicol said. “We had a couple of chances where we could have gotten a point, but didn’t. I feel disappointed — we put ourselves in good position in this match.’’

The Revolution were outshot, 11-9, before a crowd of 36,212.

“We started off as well as we could have hoped for,’’ said Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan. “We really didn’t give them anything until the foul on the first goal. The second goal came off our mistake. You can really look at the whole game and they didn’t create a whole lot. We made it easy for them.’’

The Revolution scored 2 1/2 minutes into the game when Sainey Nyassi drilled in a shot off Benny Feilhaber’s corner for his first goal of the season.

Wahl’s first career goal pulled the Sounders into a tie in the 34th minute. On a direct free kick to the right of the penalty area restraining arc, he launched the ball over a six-man wall, and it went just under the crossbar into the top left corner, past goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Fernandez scored the winner midway through the 40th minute with his fourth goal of the season. Playing 8 yards up from the goal line in the left side of the box, he took a short through ball from Roger Levesque and sent a shallow shot toward the far post. Reis got a hand on it, but couldn’t stop it.

Wahl’s goal on the free kick was Seattle’s ninth this season off of a set piece with seven from corners, two on direct free kicks. The Sounders had just five such goals all of last season and seven during their inaugural season in 2009.

“When you can get goals from different places, you’re a harder team to figure out,’’ Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “We’ve scored goals this year on set pieces, the service has been better and guys have been practicing them more.’’

Fire 1, Red Bulls 1 — Marco Pappa’s long-distance goal in the 58th minute lifted host Chicago into a tie with New York and extended its unbeaten string to seven matches (1-0-6).

New York’s Joel Lindpere took advantage of a ball deflecting off Chicago defender Yamith Cuesta to score from deep on the right side in the 40th minute.

Crew 4, Rapids 1 — Andres Mendoza found the back of the net twice and Eddie Gaven and Tommy Heinemann added single strikes to power Columbus past host Colorado.

Women’s World Cup Germany 2, Canada 1 — Host Germany made a grand start to the quadrennial tournament, defeating Canada before a capacity crowd of 73,680 at Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scored for the Germans. Christine Sinclair, who played the second half with a broken nose, scored for Canada off a free kick in the 82d minute.

France 1, Nigeria 0 — Marie-Laure Delie scored in the 56th minute in Sinsheim for a French team that went undefeated in qualifying.

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