In a game that the Union need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes mathematically alive, they lead at the half. Marcus Epps’s 28th-minute strike has the Union ahead of the Seattle Sounders through 45 minutes.
Epps’s goal came after a great sequence from the Union midfield, culminating with a left-footed finish from the right-footed rookie. A defense-splitting ball from Ilsinho found Epps in acres of space, giving the rookie plenty of time to bang one past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
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The Union were in clear control in the first half, keeping the majority of the possession and preventing Seattle from registering a shot. The Union took nine shots, with CJ Sapong and Fafa Picault each adding a shot on target.
Jim Curtin made four changes to his side from the mid-week clash in Atlanta. Richie Marquez came in for Oguchi Onyewu, Ray Gaddis started over Keegan Rosenberry, and Ilsinho entered for Warren Creavalle. Marcus Epps was a late addition to the starting lineup, as Chris Pontius was pulled due to discomfort in his abdomen.