Things began quickly for the hosts as the former Charleston Battery striker and USL-2 League MVP Lamar Neagle made the most of a quick throw in, jetting past the Columbus defense. With barely three minutes off the clock, Neagle fired an honest, powerful shot that proved too much for the grasp of William Hesmer, the Crew goaltender. An already rampant Emerald City crowd were given more cause for celebration as Mauro Rosales tacked on another in the 16th. The goal resulted from an unlucky penalty decision against Columbus's Balchan who had already had a bad day. Five minutes later Neagle bagged his brace as the hometown hero executed a skillful volley from a long cross. It had been all Rave Green up to this point...and the trend would continue. On the forty minute mark, Mike Fucito netted his first of the season and Seattle broke the MLS record for first half goals scored, ending an almost perfect 45 minutes.
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It was a fantastic day for the Seattle Sounders, a feather in the cap of Major League Soccer, and career day and world class performance for Lamar Neagle. The young forward began the season fighting for a roster spot and has continued to impress and grow throughout the season. Number 27 has started 9 games and appeared in 21, logging 869 minutes this season in all competitions. Neagle has scored six goals and registered one assist. The match was certainly Seattle's brightest of the season so far. Pushing for another record, the Sounders will appear in the US Open Cup Final against the Chicago Fire on Tuesday October 4th. Should they win, they will be the first team to win the USOC three years on the bounce.
We Battery Fans congratulate Lamar on a fantastic day and an incredible achievement, wishing the best from the Palmetto State.