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
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
"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
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
"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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