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Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo draw 1-1 in Carolina Challenge Cup

CHARLESTON, SC – Obafemi Martins scored his team-high third goal of the 2014 preseason and Brad Davis scored his fourth as Seattle Sounders FC and the Houston Dynamo tied 1-1 in the second game of the Carolina Challenge Cup on Wednesday afternoon at Blackbaud Stadium.

After trading goals in the opening 45 minutes, both teams were held scoreless in the second half.

Houston opened the scoring in the 14th minute when a free kick was played behind the Seattle backline to Will Bruin, whose initial cross was blocked. After regaining possession, Tony Cascio found Davis in the box and he slotted it past Stefan Frei for a 1-0 lead.

Martins brought Seattle level in the 44th minute. Lamar Neagle collected a throw-in on the right flank and sent a cross to a waiting Martins at the back post, who nodded the ball into the net.

Seattle had a pair of dangerous chances in the opening 45 minutes. In the 30th minute, Sean Okoli got around his defender and fired a shot from just outside the box that was deflected out for a corner. Minutes later, a corner kick was flicked on by Chad Marshall to Zach Scott at the back post, but his header sailed over the crossbar.

After Seattle made 10 substitutes at halftime, former Dynamo forward and current Sounders FC trialist Cam Weaver nearly scored in the 54th minute when Kevin Parsemain whipped in a cross from the left side that Weaver headed just wide of the post.

In the waning moments of the match, Seattle nearly netted the game-winner when David Estrada collected a pass and crossed to Parsemain in the box, but his flick attempt was blocked by the Dynamo defense and cleared.

Sounders FC has gone 5-0-2 over the first seven matches of the 2014 preseason, outscoring opponents 14-5 with two shutouts. Houston is now 0-1-1 in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Scoring Summary
HOU – Brad Davis (Tony Cascio) 14′
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Lamar Neagle) 44′

Seattle Sounders FC: Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin (Jimmy Ockford 46′), Chad Marshall (Jalil Anibaba 46′), Zach Scott (Damion Lowe 46′), Leo Gonzalez (Dylan Remick 46′), Sean Okoli (Tristan Bowen 46′, David Estrada 81′), Osvaldo Alonso (Brad Evans 46′), Gonzalo Pineda (Michael Azira 46′), Alex Caskey (Marco Pappa 46′), Lamar Neagle (Cam Weaver 46′, Chad Barrett 81′), Obafemi Martins (Kevin Parsemain 46′).

Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Andy Rose, Fabio Pereira.

Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46′), Kofi Sarkodie (Anthony Arena 46′), Eric Brunner (David Horst 46′), Jermaine Taylor (AJ Cochran 46′), Corey Ashe (Mike Chabala 46′), Tony Cascio (Brian Ownby 46′), Ricardo Clark (Alexander Lopez 46′), Boniek Garcia (Jason Johnson 46′), Brad Davis (Andrew Driver 46′), Giles Barnes (Omar Cummings 46′), Will Bruin (Mark Sherrod 46′).

Misconduct Summary:
HOU – Anthony Arena (caution) 72′