MLS: Seattle Sounders 2-1 New York Red Bulls

Sounders FC closed out a three-match homestand on the XBOX Pitch at CenturyLink Field in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, as Seattle (8-3-2, 26 points) secured a 2-1 stoppage-time victory over the visiting New York Red Bulls (4-3-5, 17 points).

New York found the score-sheet first through forward Lloyd Sam, as the Red Bulls attacker headed home a deflected free-kick from teammate Bradley Wright-Phillips. Enter Marco Pappa, who put Seattle on the scoreboard for the second straight match with an outstanding individual effort. Pappa’s goal tied the match, and then Chad Barrett scored in stoppage time

Post game reactions:

Marco Pappa:

“My confidence is growing, for sure. My finishing is getting better and better, but the most important thing is the team. We got a great three points at home, and I’m glad everyone is happy with this game. Now we have to continue to work hard.”

“It’s always important to score goals. I’m glad Oba saw me wide open, and I had a chance to go one-v-one. …I’m happy that I’m healthy and we’re at the top of the table.”

Sigi Schmid:

“He is a player who is very talented. Sometimes I want him to be higher up on the field to expose his talents by getting in. He is doing that better. He is getting more touches in the opponent’s end of the field, and that’s what we look for. Now he’s got a couple of goals, and he already has a career high in assists. We need him to continue to play that way.”

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