After going ahead early, the Seattle Sounders probably thought that they would be on their way to another win. They have been nearly unbeatable when scoring first, but this one wouldn't be easy at all. The New York Red Bulls stormed back to take a 2-1 lead and it looked like the Sounders would go down in the New Jersey heat, but Fredy Montero found a late goal that earned the visitors a 2-2 draw.
The opening goal came through Alvaro Fernandez, but as much, if not more credit belongs to Adam Johansson. The Swede was given space on the right and he took advantage with an inch-perfect ball to Fernandez at the back post. The Uruguayan finished well, using just one touch to find the back of the net and the Sounders were a goal up.
But New York wouldn't be down for long. Not 10 minutes after falling behind, their newest player got them even. Kenny Cooper hit a hard shot from more than 20 yards than Bryan Meredith parried right in front of goal. That allowed Sebastien Le Toux, who was just acquired by the Red Bulls this week, to jump on the rebound and get the home side even.
Just before halftime it looked like the Red Bulls would go in front, but an unfriendly referee and crossbar kept them from taking the lead. A clear handball by Osvaldo Alonso was ignored by the man with the whistle, then a minute later on a corner kick a header hit the crossbar and New York would have to go into halftime with just a tie.
The Red Bulls did get that lead in the second half and it came thanks to Joel Lindpere. The midfielder got the ball 20 yards from goal and cut in before rifling a shot inside the near post that put the Red Bulls a goal up.
New York wasn't just ahead, they were also in control of the match. They had possession and were putting far more pressure on the Sounders than the Sounders were putting on them, but Montero changed that with the help of Brad Evans. A good run by Evans put him in space down the right and he spotted Montero in front. A low cross found the Colombian, but Montero still had some work to do. He did it beautifully, turning the cross onto goal with a good bit of skill and handing the Sounders a good road point.