SEATTLE — Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales broke the team assist record and Alvaro Fernandez scored twice to help Seattle beat DC United 3-0 Saturday night before a sellout crowd that helped them set a new MLS attendance record.
The 36,242 fans at CenturyLink Field gave the Sounders attendance of 553,987 with two home games remaining. That breaks the mark of 542,600 they set last season. The Sounders have set a new league attendance record each season since joining MLS in 2009.
Mike Fucito opened the scoring for the Sounders (14-6-9, 51 points) in the 35th minute. He finished low and left past DC United goalkeeper Joe Willis. Rosales supplied the primary assist. Midfielder Brad Evans, who corralled the ball and moved it on to Rosales, was also credited with an assist. It was Fucito's second goal of the season.
During the two minutes of added time in the first half, the Sounders struck again.
Fernandez was sent through on a slick pass by Rosales. Fernandez angled wide right a few steps inside the penalty box, then sent a grounded shot to the right of a diving Willis in the 45th minute for his seventh goal of the year.
Fernandez's second goal came deep in the box. Fredy Montero shot a header off a cross by Rosales, but Willis was able to use his left hand to stop it. Fernandez wheeled and hit in the loose ball for a 3-0 lead in the 60th minute.
FIRE 3, CHIVAS USA 2: At Bridgeview, Ill., Dominic Oduro scored in the 85th minute to give the short-handed Chicago the victory. Fire defender Cory Gibbs scored on a second-minute header, and the Fire went up 2-0 in the 25th on an own-goal by Chivas striker Juan Pablo Angel, who was trying to clear Pavel Pardo's free kick.Comment on this story
TORONTO FC 2, RAPIDS 1: At Toronto, Danny Koevermans scored twice in the second half to rally Toronto FC. Toronto's Eric Avila found Ashtone Morgan alone on the left side, and the 20-year-old Canadian fullback sent a cross through the penalty box that Koevermans tapped in.
RED BULLS 1, FC DALLAS 0: At Frisco, Texas, Luke Rodgers scored in the 36th minute and New York hung on to snap an eight-game winless streak. Goalkeeper Frank Rost made three saves for his second shutout of the season in his return to the lineup after missing three games due to a torn quadriceps.
DYNAMO 2, EARTHQUAKES 1: At Houston, second-half substitute Will Bruin scored in the 79th minute to send Houston its first win in nearly a month. Houston (9-9-12, 39 points) remains in a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia after the Union won 1-0 against Columbus. It was the Dynamo's first win since a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 20.
UNION 1, CREW 0: At Chester, Pa., Sebastien Le Toux scored his team-leading seventh goal in the 32nd minute and the Philadelphia Union snapped an eight-match winless streak. The Union ended an 0-3-5 stretch that dated to a 3-0 victory July 17 at New England.