Sounders score three late goals to salvage unlikely draw

The Sounders trailed 3-0 late, but rallied for three straight goals to salvage a 3-3 draw with the New Enlgand Revolution on Saturday night, extending their home unbeaten streak to 14 games

Will Bruin claimed after this unlikeliest of Sounders comebacks that he knew his team had another goal or two to come once the first one went in.

So dominant were the Sounders on this wild Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, piling up team-record statistics, that it seemed inconceivable the New England Revolution could be up three with fewer than 20 minutes left. Bruin insisted the field really was as tilted as it looked before he and Osvaldo Alonso netted a pair late to salvage a 3-3 draw as disappointing as it was amazing.

“I don’t think they were dangerous the whole game unless they had the counter,’’ Bruin said of a Revolution side leading 3-0 before Nicolas Lodeiro scored the first Sounders marker in the 75th minute. “When we had numbers forward … they’d get a counter and put one in.’’

Indeed, the Sounders surrendered an early goal on a shot muffed by keeper Stefan Frei, and then a defensive lapse enabled Juan Agudelo to head home his first of two on a cross to the box. Agudelo made it 3-0 in the 54th minute after the pressing Sounders allowed a 2-on-1 counterattack.

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It seemed surreal, given the Sounders were in the midst of enjoying a team-record 75 percent time of possession, 89 percent passing accuracy and 26 total shots. They outpassed the Revolution 742-256 and outshot them 26-13 only to hit posts, crossbars and the opposing keeper.

But things got interesting late for the 43,230 fans as Lodeiro’s goal intensified an already furious Sounders attack. Bruin then ignited the fans in the 85th minute by heading home a cross from Joevin Jones.

Then, before the buzz subsided, Alonso…

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