Sporting KC 0-1 Seattle Sounders
The Seattle Sounders FC defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd on Wednesday night at Sporting Park.A 94th minute goal from Djimi Traore sent the Sounders home with three points.
Kei Kamara made his first appearance for Sporting Kansas City since returning from his loan stint with Norwich City FC and Josh Gardner made his first start as a Sporting Kansas City player.
Sporting Kansas City's first chance of the match came a mere 15 seconds in when Jacob Peterson dispossessed defender Zach Scott, sped down the left flank and fired a low shot that was saved by goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
In the 13th minute, Sporting came close on another chance when C.J. Sapong took an attempt from the top of the box that floated just wide of the far post.
Seattle nearly went up a goal in the 20th minute of play when Mario Martinez played in a long ball that Brad Evans just barely clipped over the crossbar with a well-timed header.
Five minutes later, the home side followed up with a chance of their own when U.S.international Graham Zusi boldly struck from 20 yards out but Gspurning made the save.
Seattle were quick to respond in the form of a free kick from Martinez that evaded the wall and was goal-bound, but goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made a sliding save.
With two minutes remaining in the first half, Sporting had their final chance of the first half when Ike Opara neatly headed down the ball down to Chance Myers, whose 20-yard volley was blocked by Gspurning.
The second half was relatively quiet until the 80th minute when Myers lofted in a pass headed for Kamara, but it was cleared out. Claudio Bieler settled the deflected ball and shot wide of the far post.
Three minutes later, Kamara, in his first MLS appearance of 2013, took a low shot from deep in the right corner, but Gspurning wasn't phased and snuffed out the chance.
The match appeared headed for a draw until the fourth minute of stoppage time when Zach Scott's throw-in fell to Traore, whoseshot sailed past Nielsen from close range.
Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen (c); Josh Gardner (Seth Sinovic 75), Ike Opara, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers; Oriol Rosell, Benny Feilhaber (Claudio Bieler 66), Peterson Joseph; Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong, Jacob Peterson73)
Subs not used: Eric Kronberg, Lawrence Olum , Mikey Lopez, Mechack Jerome Seattle Sounders FC: Michael Gspurning; Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez; Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso (C), Servando Carrasco, Mario Martinez ( Alex Caskey 94+); David Estrada (Mauro Rosales 85), Eddie Johnson Subs not used: Patrick Ianni, Dylan Remick, Andy Rose, Eriq Zavaleta QUOTES Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes
On giving up the late goal...
It is a monumental mistake as we came out of the back to play that ball square. At that point we have C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara up front and that ball needs to be played forward. Absolutely unacceptable that we played that ball the way it was played. That ball needs to go forward into those guys-that's why they are there running off the ball-we're now 18 yards from there goal. It was a monumental mistake on our part. There's nothing else to say. It's a simple one. We were coming up the field and we play the ball square across the field. For what reason? I have absolutely no idea. Monumental mistake. There's nothing I can say around the goal other than it was a major mistake on our part. We gifted that to them.