After withstanding plenty of chances by Seattle, the Dynamo couldn't pull off the upset after the Sounders went down to 10 men.
The Houston Dynamo have dropped back-to-back games after winning two in a row for the first time all season. With the playoffs officially out of the picture for Houston, interim manager Wade Barrett elected to give some new players a chance at Seattle including Keyner Brown, Jose Escalante, and Eric Alexander.
"Were we at our best today? Probably not. Did we get a great result? Yes. So lets build off of that." -Herculez Gomez
They waited until the last possible moment, but the Seattle Sounders managed to will the ball in the goal to snatch a road point in Houston. The offense continues to sputter, but all goals (and points) count the same.
Owen Coyle's Houston Dynamo host the Seattle Sounders in a Western Conference match. ESPN, not the deuce, has the 1 PM game on Sunday April 10th. Nelson Haedo Valdez will not start, which increases the chance that recent signing Herculez Gomez earns his first minutes for Seattle.
The MLS season is just five days away, and a handful of notable cuts were made this Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy released defender Dan Gargan and forward Ignacio Maganto. Gargan leaves the Galaxy after two years of service. The 10-year MLS veteran is eligible for free agency, while Maganto leaves the club after being selected in the 2015 MLS Draft.
Notorious for his dark arts on the pitch, Pérez will miss the Whitecaps' next match against San Jose
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps striker Blas Pérez has been suspended for one match and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct against Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez in the 78th minute of their match on Sunday.
Apparently Brad Evans is a fast healer. Just a few days after a shot to the side of the head sent him to the locker room and cast his future availability into doubt, the Seattle Sounders captain is back in the starting lineup for a pivotal match against D.C. United.
Sigi Schmid says that it shouldn't affect his time with the Sounders
FOX Sports has announced its lineup of talking heads and reporters for this summer's Copa America Centenario, including Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez. It seems that Gomez's first action in this role will come in the very first match of the tournament on June 3, as he'll be part of the pre-match, halftime, and post-match commentary alongside Alexi Lalas, Fernando Fiore, Eric Wynalda and Aly Wagner for the United States' match against Colombia.
Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.
In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent.
Chad Marshall punishes Joe Willis in the 94th minute to level the game 1-1.
A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo lead early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.
Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.
Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.
There's a rather significant list of things the Seattle Sounders liked about Herculez Gomez. The 33-year-old is a proven scorer, has played in a World Cup, is a positive locker-room presence and even has ties to Seattle. Based on those criteria alone, there would be reason to like this signing.
Omar Bravo made his NASL debut this past week for the Carolina Railhawks after recently signing with the club. Bravo started and played the full 90 scoring a goal in the 78th minute to temporarily put the Railhawks up 3-2 before Miami FC equalized shortly after in their 3-3 draw.
Elsewhere this week, Soony Saad got back on the scoring sheet in a big way, scoring a hattick in Pattaya United's 3-2 win over BBCU.
Herculez Gomez has a new club, after being waived by Toronto FC earlier this year, Gomez has been trialing with the Seattle Sounders. Last week, Gomez signed with the Sounders, and in good news for them, the reports are that Toronto will be picking up a sizable chunk of his salary.
A little late with this weeks update. Orlando City announced that they'd be placing a reserve team in the USL next season. As part of that announcement they also announced their first few player signings. One of those signings was Tony Rocha who Sporting KC drafted in this January's Superdraft. Rocha spent last season with the Austin Aztex in the USL but are taking a hiatus due to stadium issues.
Another week of former player updates. First, former KC defender, Josh Gardner has retired from one man volleyball and has taken a job as the U14 academy coach for the Sporting KC academy as the team restructured a little bit and got each of their teams a separate coach.
Also this past week, the transfer window for MLS closed, and two former KC players are back in MLS.
Morris will be the Sounder closest to goal in today's formation
With Clint Dempsey away with the US Men's National Team, the task of leading the Seattle Sounders attack falls to the forward trio of Herculez Gomez, Jordan Morris and Aaron Kovar.
The only unit that comes into this match entirely healthy is the midfield, but what a midfield it is: Andreas Ivanschitz, Osvaldo Alonso and Erik Friberg are three names that can make some beautiful music together.
Clint Dempsey has looked far more active throughout Saturday's match, notably putting himself higher up the pitch than he has in most matches. It paid off in the 26th minute, when Dempsey hit a pass from Erik Friberg first time. The shot was from right around the penalty spot and was through a bit of traffic.
With several injuries to manage Sigi Schmid turned to long-time pro and former United States National Team member Herculez Gomez for his first start with the Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey and Nelson Haedo Valdez both are absent from the starting lineup. Oalex Anderson earned another start.
Andreas Ivanschitz shifts back to the point of the midfield in front of Osvaldo Alonso and Cristian Roldan.
Without a point in three games and with several players coming off international appearances, the Seattle Sounders are going with a distinctly different starting lineup against the Montreal Impact than they have until now. Clint Dempsey is sliding back to midfield, Aaron Kovar is in for Jordan Morris, Dylan Remick is replacing Joevin Jones and Brad Evans returns at center back.
It's very difficult to come back and beat a good team on the road after giving up a 3rd-minute PK goal. We'll never know what this match would have looked like if Herculez Gomez had capitalized on his great run behind the FC Dallas defense right after the first whistle, of course, but man, wouldn't that have been nice?
Sounders fall behind on a 2' penalty and lose 2-0.
The Seattle Sounders hoped to gallop out of Texas with three more points on Saturday, but the home side continued their excellent home form and held the Sounders off 2-0. In a match that could have truly gone either way, FC Dallas managed to squeak out the win through Mauro Diaz's early penalty and then added a late insurance goal from a Michael Barrios breakaway.
Herculez Gomez is officially a Seattle Sounders player, again. The 33-year-old forward had been on trial since last week and the signing was announced on Thursday. This will be Gomez's second stint with the Sounders, having played here on loan from the Sigi Schmid-coached LA Galaxy in 2003. Gomez brings more than a decade of professional experience and three World Cup appearances to the Sounders.
The Sounders website announced yesterday that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week
While he wasn't present at today's Starfire training session, Herculez Gomez could be a Seattle Sounder by the end of the week. The club announced yesterday on their website that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week, after he spent the majority of last week at Starfire.
Herculez Gomez spent most of last week getting reacquainted with Seattle and training with the Sounders. Among his activities were paying a visit to the Starbucks Roastery and took in the March to the Match, while also scoring a pair of goals for S2 in a scrimmage against Gonzaga. Apparently, it was all enough for him to come back for a second stint.
The reigning MLS Cup champions have been busy making moves and finalizing contracts following Week 2 action in MLS.
The Portland Timbers acquired Darren Mattocks from Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, who received General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2017 season in the trade.
Veteran Sounders forward gives his thoughts on broadcasting, MLS salaries, and more
When the Seattle Sounders picked up veteran forward Herculez Gomez, it was pretty clear that his experience both in MLS and in Mexico was of great value to the team. Since joining the LA Galaxy in 2002, Gomez has played for five MLS clubs, as well as seven clubs in the Mexican first division.
Soon after Jordan Morris scored a goal to keep things close, Herculez Gomez was called for the PK in the box. Thankfully, Stefan Frei had something to say about that as he made the right choice and dove to his right for the save.
Herculez Gomez is currently out of a job after being waived by Toronto FC a couple weeks ago. The Seattle Sounders have virtually no veteran depth at forward. Might it be a match made in ... a world of mutual benefit?
It would appear to be at least a possibility.
Hearing Herculez Gomez will be training with Seattle Sounders.