MLS Soccer

Lodeiro’s late score enough for Sounders draw

The Associated Press

Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time and the Seattle Sounders tied the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.

Lodeiro blasted a left-footer from near the spot, off a feed from Joevin Jones, just inside the right post. Lodeiro has two goals and four assists – and the Sounders are 3-0-2 – since signing with the club July 27.

The Sounders’ streak also coincides with their coaching change, elevating Brian Schmetzer to interim head coach.

The late equalizer made up for a moment of controversy in the 84th minute that could have squared the match earlier. Houston defender Raul Rodriguez’s touch on a Sounders cross caused the ball to drift to the goal line – perhaps over it. But the goal was not given, despite the pleas of the Seattle players.

Andrew Wenger put a rising, right-footer into the top-left corner to give Houston a 1-0 lead in the 75th. The Sounders missed two chances to clear, and Ricardo Clark tapped a feed – after Seattle (9-12-4) blocked two other Dynamo shots – to Wenger on the right side of the box.

Houston (5-10-10) outshot the Sounders 22-6.