A late goal from substitute Fredy Montero helped the Seattle Sounders earn a 2-2 result on the road against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
Under humid conditions, Seattle jumped out to an early lead in the 16th minute after a fine curling pass from Adam Johansson found Alvaro Fernandez, who delivered a right-footed volley by goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
New York would even the match eight minutes later when an excellent shot from forward Kenny Cooper was blocked by goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, but newly acquired Sebastien Le Toux was there to pounce on the rebound.
The match stayed even until the 61st minute, when Joel Lindpere's left-footed shot from outside the box found the back of the net. Roughly six minutes later, Montero woud level the game with a right-footed blast from the center of the box off the assist from Brad Evans.
Seattle took 11 shots, with five on goal, while the home side took 16 shots, with six on target. The Red Bulls controlled possession for 56 percent of the match.
Defender Rafael Marquez left the match in the 21st minute with a calf injury.
Both Seattle and New York remain in third place in their respective conferences.
OTHER NOTES: On Wednesday, Seattle will host Chelsea in a World Football Challenge match at CenturyLink Field... Thierry Henry, a well-noted NBA fan, had reporters laughing in the locker room when he did a double take after hearing how much guard Jeremy Lin would be making with his newly offered contract from the Houston Rockets... Former U.S. National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller had supportive words for Tim Howard back-up Brad Guzan. He just needs to find a place to play to everyday, Keller said of Guzan, who appears to be approaching a new deal with Aston Villa.