MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

CenturyLink Field, Seattle

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Seattle Sounders FC

  • David Estrada 23'
  • Brad Evans 27' PEN

2 - 0

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Estrada leads Seattle past Houston 2-0

By TIM BOOTH

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- David Estrada walked into the locker room at

halftime to find out his fourth goal in just two games was taken

away. By the time he came back in after Seattle's victory on

Friday night, Estrada had regained ownership of goal No. 4 and

claim to being the top scorer in MLS early in the season.

"Everything I hit is going in," Estrada said with a chuckle.

Estrada scored his fourth goal on a deflected shot in the 23rd

minute, Brad Evans converted a penalty kick four minutes later

and the Sounders rolled to a 2-0 victory over the Houston

Dynamo.

Seattle (2-0-0) took down its second straight Eastern Conference

foe after opening the MLS season with a 3-1 win over Toronto

last Saturday. The Sounders are hoping to make the most of a

favorable early schedule that puts six of their first eight

league matches at home before spending the majority of May, June

and July on the road.

Estrada, who had a hat trick last weekend, kept his goal-scoring

streak going when his blast from outside the penalty box

deflected into the net. But while the goal was initially given

to Estrada, ultimately getting credit for giving Seattle a 1-0

lead wasn't so easy.

Estrada was at the top of the penalty area when a corner kick

was headed out of the box. He got off a right-footed shot before

the ball touched the ground.

His shot appeared to be on goal even before it deflected off

Houston defender Geoff Cameron and past Dynamo keeper Tally

Hall, who was diving in the opposite direction of the

deflection.

"When I hit it, I thought it was on target," Estrada said. "Then

I saw the replays and it was questionable. But they gave it to

me."

Before halftime even arrived, the official scoring was changed

to an own-goal since replay made it difficult to see if

Estrada's initial shot would be on net. Then in the waning

moments of the game, the goal was changed back to Estrada's.

"When it's going good, it's going good," Seattle coach Sigi

Schmid said. "So you can shoot on goal and get a little bit of a

deflection and score a goal. But he did well. You get rewarded

when you work really hard."

Before Houston (2-1-0) had a chance to respond to Estrada's

strike, the Sounders were threatening again. Seattle earned

another corner and defender Patrick Ianni was fouled by Cameron

when he undercut Ianni coming up from the back line for the

corner kick. Referee Baldomero Toledo didn't hesitate pointing

to the penalty spot and Evans converted the PK even with Hall

guessing correctly on his attempted diving save.

Seattle had a chance to get its third early in the second half

but Roger Levesque missed a wide open look. Still, the Sounders

controlled possession for most of the night and made life easy

for goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, whose only real threat came

early in the match. Will Bruin was set up perfectly by Brian

Ching but the left-footed shot was tipped over the crossbar by

Gspurning.

"He came out and did well on a couple of crosses, ones he

punched out and collected," Schmid said. "I thought it was a

good game tonight for Michael's confidence and also for the fans

to see his quality tonight."

Houston started the season with wins at Chivas USA and San Jose

for the best start in franchise history. It's beginning the

season with a seven-game road trip while its new soccer-specific

stadium at home is completed. The Dynamo won't play their first

home match until May 12 against D.C. United.

"We had about a 10-minute spell there in the first half where we

kind of lost our way up to a little bit of luck. And then the

penalty, I've got to take a look at it again. It's hard to

tell," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "You call a penalty

in a corner.I think every corner you can call a penalty. It's

just the way it went."

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Scoring Summary

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Houston
David Estrada (23')
Brad Evans (pen 27')
 

Match Stats

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Houston
7(2) Shots (on goal) 10(2)
10 Fouls 11
5 Corner kicks 6
0 Offsides 0
44% Time of Possession 56%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 0

Teams

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Houston
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Adam Moffat (35')
Brad Davis (78')