Sounders win it 2-1 in one of the great finishes of franchise history.
“It was great,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “You don’t want it to be that dramatic all the time. But obviously the red card influenced the game for us. I’ve seen those calls go both ways. Tonight it fell in our favor, and I felt at that point we regained the advantage in the game. For a period of time we lost it again, but we gained it back at the end. I’m really proud of Mauro Rosales and his effort. He played 120 minutes Wednesday, comes back with 90 minutes and makes key plays in the 89th and 90th minutes. It’s a tribute to his character.”
Mauro Rosales evened it in the 90th minute, and Lamar Neagle provided the game-winner just seconds later in stoppage time.
This was Schmid’s 150th MLS win. It also was Sporting’s first loss at Livestrong Park, where they are now 4-1-4. It also ended SKC’s 14-game unbeaten streak.
The Sounders move to 11-5-8 on the season and 6-0-2 in games they finish with a man advantage.
That advantage came in the 58th minute, when Omar Bravo drew a straight red card.
I’ll add some quotes in new posts above. But here are the stats:
KC – Kei Kamara (Matt Besler) 20′
SEA – Mauro Rosales (unassisted) 90′
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Mike Fucito) 92
Seattle Sounders FC – Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Servando Carrasco, Alvaro Fernandez (Pat Noonan 55′), Fredy Montero (Mike Fucito 55′), Roger Levesque (Lamar Neagle 68′).
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Patrick Ianni, Erik Friberg, Nate Jaqua.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3.
Sporting Kansas City – Jimmy Nielsen, Michael Harrington, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar, Seth Sinovic, Kei Kamara (Chance Myers 82′), Birahim Diop, Graham Zusi, Jeferson (Luke Sassano 39′), Omar Bravo, C.J. Sapong (Teal Bunbury 65′).
Substitutes Not Used: Soony Saad, Eric Kronberg, Daniel Cyrus, Milos Stojcev.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3.
KC – Birahim Diop (caution; Reckless Tackle) 37′
KC – Omar Bravo (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 59′
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson; James Conlee
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: 93-degrees and sunny
Attendance: 17,493. Capacity is 18,467.
67th minute: Final Sounders substitution: Neagle for Levesque.
58th minute: Straight red on Omar Bravo for dumping Noonan. Sounders will have one manadvantage for 32 minutes. Chippy game getting chippier.
Second half: … has kicked off.
Halftime: Sporting KC up 1-0. And they’re dominating in most other areas, too. SKC leads in shots 8-3, leads in shots on goal 4-0, has committed 6 fouls to Seattle’s 4, and has five corners to Seattle’s zero.
20th minute: GOAL Kansas City. Long throw in from Matt Besler headed in by Kei Kamara. SKC, 1-0.
1st 15 minutes: More flow and possession and better chances all to SKC. But no real feel to the game yet, or any particular control established.
Kickoff: We’re under way. SKC in blue/blue, Sounders in rave/rave.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK, Keller; D Riley, Parke, Wahl, Scott; M Fernandez, Alonso, Rosales, Carrasco; F Montero, Levesque. Reserves: Ford, Fucito, Ianni, Friberg, Jaqua, Noonan, Neagle.
For SKC: GK Neilsen; D Sinovic, Besler, Cesar, Harrington; M Diop, Zusi, Jefferson, Bravo, Kamara; F Sapong. Reserves: Kroberg, Bunbury, Stojcev, Cyruss, Sassano, Saad.
90 minutes to kickoff: The Sounders are standing around on the pitch, apparently checking things out at Livestrong Park. This is their first look as, they trained on the Missouri side of town yesterday before playing on the Kansas side tonight.
(I’ve got a rundown on Livestrong Park in the post below.)
Pregame: 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Game on KONG and 97.3 FM. And, of course, we’ll keep blog and twitter updates coming before, during and after the game. And, also of course, we look forward to your comments.