There was a distinct north London flavour to the Seattle Sounders’ first goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy, as Tottenham Hotspur players past and present united to start the visitor’s comeback.
In their penultimate match of the regular-season, the Galaxy were well on course to taking a huge step towards the Supporters’ Shield, with goals at the end of the first half and in the opening minutes of the second opening up a two-goal lead on their main rivals.
Sigi Schmid’s side would rally from there, however, and eventually found the breakthrough in the 69th-minute, when Tottenham-bound DeAndre Yedlin delivered a cross into the box which former Spurs forward Clint Dempsey finished off after a touch from Obafemi Martins.
Martins then added the second just three minutes later to cancel out the earlier Galaxy goals from Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas, and ensure that the Sounders retain command in the Shield and Western Conference races.
With both sides sitting joint top of the West with 61 points going into the final week, a win or draw by the Sounders when the two sides meet again next Saturday at CenturyLink Field will clinch the Shield – their first – and keep them in line for the first-ever MLS treble ahead of the play-offs.
Having helped the club claim their fourth US Open Cup title in six seasons against the Philadelphia Union last month, both Dempsey and Yedlin will prove vital to Seattle’s fortunes in that quest, with the latter then potentially heading off to White Hart Lane on a high in January.