By the numbers: D.C. United vs Seattle Sounders FC
Looking for the club's first back-to-back wins since 2009, D.C. was denied thanks to a sound defensive performance from Seattle. Here's a look at some of the key statistics from Saturday night's scoreless draw with the Sounders.
The number of shots – all of which were on target - from Nick DeLeon, as the rookiecontinued his recent run of good form. The Louisville product nearly bagged the contest’s lone tally, butMichael Gspurning made a sprawling save on DeLeon’s 69th minute freekick. After the match, Ben Olsensaid DeLeon was ‘pretty damn good again’.
For the first time all season, United saw its percentage ofpossession drop from the previous week. Seattle deserves much of the credit for this, as the Sounders aggressivemidfield forced the Black-and-Red into turnovers. Though not by much, D.C. actually won the possession battlein the first half (50.1% to 49.9%).
United’s passing accuracy in the second half was a substantial improvement from the first 45 minutes, when the Black-and-Red completed just59.1% of their passes. Late substitutes Branko Boskovic and Chris Pontius keyed the turnaround,which translated directly into a more dangerous D.C. attack. United took six shots in the secondhalf, compared to just two in the first.
While United did earn its second shutout in three weeks, itis worth acknowledging the large number of missed shots by Seattle. The visitors outshot D.C. 11-8, butsimply couldn’t put it on frame. On the two occasions when they did find the target, Joe Willis was up tothe task. He was well positioned on Fredy Montero’s 21st minuteblast and came up with a big save in parrying Osvaldo Alonso’s late shot fromdistance.