2) Tyrone Mears makes his mark
While no single player really stood out as the Sounders’ man of the match, there were plenty who had their moments. For example, Stefan Frei was — for the most part — commanding in his area and as we mentioned, the defense did just enough, despite playing without the imposing Roman Torres.
However, it seems appropriate to give a special mention to Tyrone Mears, who has had his fair share of critics this season. Justified or not, no one can deny the important role he played in the Sounders’ precious away goal, which all but clinched the overall result.
Mears’ moment of inspiration came as a result of chasing a ball down the right flank, even though Walker Zimmerman was favorite to get to it first. However, due to the right back’s persistence, he was able to steal possession when Zimmerman faltered with his first touch.
The 33-year old then kept his composure, as he calmly crossed for Nicolas Lodeiro to fire home. If ever there was an example of why you should never give up on a seemingly lost cause, mark this down as exhibit A, B and C.