SEATTLE (AP) — Tim Cahill got control of a loose ball in the penalty area and scored late in the 76th minute on Sunday night, lifting the New York Red Bulls into a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders that put them back atop the MLS standings.
The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls (15-9-7) have 52 points, while the Sounders (15-8-6) picked up their 51st point to climb back into a tie with Real Salt Lake for first place in the Western Conference.
After New York saw two earlier chances at the tying goal bounce away — one off the crossbar in the 61st minute, one off the left post in the 63rd — Cahill got his chance at the equalizer when the Sounders were unable to clear the ball out of their penalty area. He got a foot under it, and from 10 yards away toward the left side, beat Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to the far corner.
"I thought about dragging it with my right foot and smashing it with my left," Cahill said. "The keeper was sort of just to his right of it, and I tried to find the corner, and it hit."
Cahill's ninth goal of the year, scored in front of 39,083 fans and in the midst of a driving rainstorm, tied him for the team lead with Thierry Henry, who missed the game with an Achilles injury.
"You play for moments like this — defining moments that change the game," said Cahill, in his second year with the Red Bulls after playing previously with Everton of the English Premier League. "My whole career, I've looked to try to make a difference in front of big crowds and (against) the best teams in leagues everywhere I've played. It was unfortunate not to get the three points, but it's a pleasure to play here, and I'm proud of what we achieved tonight."
Brad Evans gave the Sounders a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick midway through the 45th minute.