The MLS is back and it looks to have picked up right where the last season’s left off, with Seattle taking a commanding 3 points to open the season. The New England Revolution often looked defensively out of shape for much of the game. In the first half, Juan Agudelo took down USMNT striker Clint Dempsey to allot Seattle a penalty kick that Dempsey capitalized on to make it 1-0 to the home side. Later in the first half, Seattle would go 2-0 up off a well worked counter-attack that saw Obafemi Martins produce a solid header.
In the second half, New England again failed to cope with the counter-attack and Martins created a run that put him alone with the keeper behind the defense before slotting a ball to his right to a trailing Clint Dempsey to make it 3-0.
All in all, the story looks good for Seattle. Their star two strikers were firing on all cylinders, and both opened their account last night. The counter-attacking play looked good and defense was hardly tested although New England were without star players Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones. In fact the story is much the same for New England two, as the club looked offensive stale without their midfield playmaker in Jones and winger Nguyen. The only chance New England did muster was a shot from range by Kelyn Rowe that was pushed aside by Seattle Keeper Stefan Frei, but it was Seattles night. They out worked New England up and down the pitch, and the Revs should have no complaints about the scoreline based on their performance.
Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey – 2 goals and helped start the play on the other.