Montero helps Sounders draw Cincinnati 1-1

SEATTLE (AP) — Brenner scored in the first half to give FC Cincinnati the lead, but Fredy Montero equalized for Seattle in the second half in a 1-1 draw Tuesday night that dashed the Sounders’ faint playoff hopes kept alive.

Brenner scored his 15th goal of the season in the 24th minute on a breakaway following a Sounders defensive error.

Montero even pushed Seattle into the 58th round with his fourth goal. But Seattle couldn’t score a winning goal on a night when the Sounders needed three points.

Seattle has qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs every year of its existence, but now needs to win its last two games of the regular season and get a lot of help from others to keep the streak going.

Cincinnati advanced to fifth in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining.

Cincinnati had a great chance to leave Seattle with a win, but Sounders goaltender Stefan Frei came close with a stop in front of the net in the 76th minute after Seattle had been reduced to 10 men when Kelyn Rowe received a red card was shown. Montero helps Sounders draw Cincinnati 1-1

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