Sounders Come Up on the Short End of a 1-0 Defeat

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Macoumba Kandji left-footed a shot past Seattlegoalkeeper Kasey Keller in the 21st minute, and the New York RedBulls snapped their 27-match MLS regular-season road winless streakwith a 1-0 win over the Sounders on Saturday night.

Kandji slipped his left foot around a Seattle defender as theball pinballed around the penalty box off a corner kick. The shotdeflected off the underside of the crossbar and past a helplessKeller.

New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul made the goal stand up withfive saves, none bigger than pushing aside Steve Zakuani's chancefrom about 15 yards out in the 69th minute.

The Red Bulls had not won a regular season road match sincewinning at the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 10, 2008.

New York also won without coach Hans Backe on the bench Saturdaynight. The team said Backe had stomach pains Saturday morning andwent to a hospital for treatment. Medical personnel recommendedBacke remain at the team hotel rather than be at the stadium.

He missed the Red Bulls' first road win away from New Jersey inalmost two calendar years. And with Columbus and Kansas City idlethis weekend, the Red Bulls find themselves in first place in theEastern Conference, already 40 percent of the way to their wintotal of a year ago when they finished 5-19-6.

During their winless stretch, the Red Bulls managed seven ties,but still lost 20 matches. They had three competitive roadvictories during the stretch, but none in MLS regular season play:a U.S. Open Cup win at San Jose (2-1 last April 29) and two leagueplayoff wins (3-0 at Houston on Nov. 9, 2008, and 1-0 at Salt Lakeon Nov. 15, 2008).

While Kandji got his first goal of the season, Coundoul waslargely responsible for this victory, again highlighting Seattle'sbiggest issue from its first season: finishing chances.

Zakuani's opportunity was the best for Seattle, but FreddieLjungberg and Tyrone Marshall both missed possible headers in thesecond half. Coundoul smothered scoring chances from Brad Evans andOsvaldo Alonso in the first half.

Seattle, which won its opener 2-0 over expansion Philadelphia,had its four-match regular season win streak dating to last seasonsnapped. Keller made three saves for Seattle, including apoint-blank stop of New York striker Juan Pablo Angel early in thesecond half to keep the Sounders within one goal.

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