Better Than the Last: Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

A 1-1 draw to Kansas is better than a 4-1 loss to Montreal.  But, the Sounders’ performance in last night’s match still left much to be wanted.  Passing continued to be sloppy in the back line and offensive flow while less lethargic still seemed slightly disjointed.

The match began poorly for Seattle.  In the 8th minute, lack of defensive initiative to clear the ball out of the back resulted in Jacob Peterson lofting the ball over an out of position Andrew Weber to give Sporting Kansas a 1-0 lead.  Weber, in his first start looked a little shaky overall in his first match as it seems his nerves distracted him from making good positional decisions.  This will likely improve as he gains experience.  To the Sounders’ credit, the team response to being a goal down was excellent as Mauro Rosales upped the tempo in the offensive third and earned a free kick about twenty five yards out.  He drove in the cross and in a spectacular display of technique Patrick Ianni scissor volleyed the ball in to tie the game at 1-1 in the 15th minute.

Seattle’s performance continued to improve going into the second half with Seattle having more offensive chances.  Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, and Mauro Rosales appeared to begin to have a rhythm going.  But due to the highly physical nature of the game, Sigi Schmid opts to sub off Mauro Rosales for Alvaro Fernandez and Eddie Johnson off for Sammy Ochoa.  Likewise, Brad Evans is subbed off for Andy Rose.

In the 88th minute, it looked as though Seattle earned the victory when Fredy Montero drove a shot on frame which hit the left post and then the right before being cleared by Sporting’s defense.  Four minutes of stoppage time were added to the match that ended up being too few for Alvaro Fernandez committed a scissor tackle and was shown a straight red card.  Although the foul warranted a red, this incident proved once again the ineptitude of MLS officials as they often let the game get so out of hand physical that players take matters into their own hands and commit violent fouls that get them red cards as the refs try to regain control of the match.  So, although the 1-1 result is better than a second consecutive loss, the Sounders have to find a solution to their winless streak or post-season hope will begin to diminish.