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Seattle Sounders Vs. Houston Dynamo: Steve Zakuani Equalizes For Sounders

After openly wondering whether Qwest Field might be built on an Indian burial ground, Steve Zakuani sent the Seattle Sounders faithful into a fullblown frenzy when his goal in the 80th minute equalized. Zakuani was given a golden opportunity as the ball came free at the far post and, unlike the Sounders had been doing all evening, did not blow it.

Within a minute of that goal, Fredy Montero nearly put the Sounders ahead when he hit a half-volley from about 15 yards out. But, as he has much of the game, Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was able to make a diving save.

Prior to Zakuani's goal, the Sounders' night had been filled with frustration. Around the 70th minute, Leo Gonzalez appeared to be fouled inside the penalty area. But rather than earning a penalty, referee Ramon Hernandez showed Gonzalez a yellow card for diving. Replays clearly showed that the defender made contact with Gonzalez while making a slide tackle.

A couple minutes later,  Montero came streaking down the the right wing and fired a shot on goal. Tally Hall made the save, but left a rebound and an open goal on the opposite side. Erik Friberg, though, could not get a touch on the ball and it slid harmlessly away.

Zakuani nearly got a look at an open goal in the 79th minute, but Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie made a nice tackle to get the ball to safety. Zakuani ultimately scored on a play that started with the ensuring corner kick.