Sounders play to scoreless draw, remain winless in MLS


SEATTLE — Lamar Neagle slumped into a solemn crouch after the final whistle.

Sounders FC had just gone another game without a win, settling for a scoreless tie Saturday against the New England Revolution in front of 38,323 at a rainy and windy CenturyLink Field.

Seattle dominated the game but couldn’t finish any scoring chances as it fell to 0-3-2.

The Sounders are the only winless team in MLS and had never gone five games without a win to start the year.

Neagle had a couple scoring chances in the closing minutes, but he couldn’t get enough power behind a shot in the 82nd minute and then missed wide with a header a couple of minutes later.

Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado won a header in the 90th minute, but also missed wide.

Finishing, though, was a predictable problem with forwards Eddie Johnson (hamstring), Obafemi Martins (knee) and David Estrada (eye) out injured.

Seattle dominated the first half with 65 percent possession and an 8-1 advantage in shots.

Forward Steve Zakuani had the first great opportunity in the 14th minute, when he was set up well by Neagle in front of goal, but the shot was blocked away. A minute later, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso fired a perfectly struck volley from 20 yards out, but it was tipped just over the goal by goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Zakuani had another great chance on a 44th minute breakaway, but once again Shuttleworth made the stop.

New England (1-2-2) hasn’t won or scored since opening day.

NOTES

* Sounders FC next plays at Colorado on April 20, the first of three-straight road games.

* Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe, a Federal Way native, played all 90 minutes for the visitors.

* U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was at the game and said during a halftime interview that the federation has continuing interest in Osvaldo Alonso. The Seattle midfielder, who earned U.S. citizenship last year, is a Cuban defector, and the Cuban federation has been unresponsive in the issues, Klinsmann said.

* There was a moment of silence before today’s Sounders game for the passing of local coaching legends Marv Harshman and Frosty Westering.