Sounders settle for tie with Rapids


SEATTLE — Sounders FC brought its disappointment home Saturday, having to fight back to earn a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids in front of 39,196 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle, coming off two road losses in a row, has only won one of its last five games. The Sounders (7-7-4) would have become the first team in MLS history to beat an opponent eight straight times and also would have earned their first five-game home winning streak.

The Rapids (8-7-7) had taken the lead in the 60th minute, aided by some Seattle mistakes. The goal came off a corner kick by Nick LaBrocca, which swung right in front of the goal. Andrew Weber, acquired last week on loan with three other goalkeepers injured, tried to punch it away but he misjudged the flight of the ball and whiffed on the clearance. That left Drew Moor there for the tap-in header after beating defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado for the position.

The Sounders equalized five minutes later through their youngest player, defender DeAndre Yedlin. A wild scoring play started when forward Lamar Neagle made a great move toward goal but slammed a shot off the play. Yedlin was in position for a rebound, but his initial attempt was saved by goalkeeper Clint Irwin. Yet another chance came out to Yedlin and he finished a header into an open net.

Yedlin, who turned 20 last week, became the youngest Sounder to score an MLS goal after also earning that designation earlier in the year for his first assist.

Both teams had chances late, but Weber dove to stop an 81st-minute free kick by Hendry Thomas. The Sounders pushed everyone forward in the final minutes as got a shot on goal in the 89th minute, but rookie forward Eriq Zavaleta hit his header right to Irwin.