Djimi Troare’s first MLS goal comes deep in stoppage time and sends Seattle past Sporting Kansas City 1-0 before a stunned crowd at Sporting Park.
The play began with a throw-in from Zach Scott, which Brad Evans flicked in front of the SKC goal where Adrelien Collin whiffs on it, allowing it to get to Traore, who banged it in from 7 yards.
Here’s some of what Traore had to say to KONG-6/16 after the match:
I feel great, you know. I think we deserve it. We work hard during the game for 90 minutes, and I think that goal was good for the team. We need something to take some points away from home. It’s a good victory against a great team. I hope it’s the beginning of something. … The most important thing is to finish, and I did it. That goal is for my teammate and I good friend Ozzie, for his daughter you know. That is great for him, and it’s good for us. … During that (tough) period we stick together, we work hard. We will never let down the manager. He has big hope about the team. Today it’s like we work hard, you know, and I think it’s great for us.
Seattle gets four points on the two-game trip and moves to 2-3-3 on the season. SKC falls to 5-4-2.
Seattle returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when San Jose visits CenturyLink Field.
I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
ST: Caskey in for Martinez.
84′ First Sounders’ sub: Mauro Rosales in for David Estrada.
72′ Big hand as Kei Kamara checks in after loan to EPL.
60′ Still scoreless. Entertaining, but scoreless.
Second half: … has begun. No changes for either side.
Halftime: Scoreless. Free-flowing but not a lot of really good chances.
Shots 10-5 SKC; on goal 3-1 SKC; corners 2-1 SEA, foulds 8-5 SEA, offside 3-1 SEA, possession 58% SKC.
29th minute: Odd red call on reserve keeper Marcus Hahnemann, sent off the bench for dissent after referee seemed to miss SKC handball near Sounders goal
First kick: … we’re under way, SKC is light blue, Sounders in shale.
Lineups: For Seattle: Gspurning; Scott, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; Evans, Alonso (C), Carrasco, Martinez; Estrada, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann; Ianni, Remick, Rose, Caskey, Rosales, Zavaleta.
For SKC: Nielsen; Opara, Myers, Collin, Gardner; Joseph, Feilhaber, Rosell; Sapong, Zusi, Peterson. Reserves: Jerome, Kronberg, Kamara, Sinovic, Lopez, Olum, Bieler.
Pregame: We’re counting down to Sounders at Sporting Kansas City at 5:30 tonight on KONG. There’s no English-language radio, but we’ll keep this blog post open and I’ll also have more updates on Twitter @donruiztnt.
Meanwhile, here are some SKC pregame notes that arrived today:
Sporting Kansas City welcomes the Seattle Sounders FC to Sporting Park at 7:30 p.m. CT tonight in a rematch of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final. The two teams meet for the first time since Sporting Kansas City prevailed in a penalty kick shootout last August at Sporting Park to end the Sounders’ three-year reign as U.S. Open Cup champions.
PAULO NAGAMURA SUSPENDED FOR ONE GAME
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura has been suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct in last Sunday’s match against Chivas USA.
Nagamura will not be available for tonight’s match against the Seattle Sounders.
KEI KAMARA RETURNS TO SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Forward Kei Kamara has returned from his loan stint with English Premier League side Norwich City. Kamara is available to play for Sporting Kansas City tonight. The Sierra Leone international scored 11 goals for Sporting Kansas City last season.
GRAHAM ZUSI NAMED MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Monday by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 10 of the 2013 MLS season. Zusi played a pivotal part in Sporting Kansas City’s first three goals on Sunday in a 4-0 victory over Chivas USA at Sporting Park.
The honor is Zusi’s second career Player of the Week recognition and first for the team since he last won the award in Week 23 of the 2011 MLS season.The 26-year-old playmaker set up Claudio Bieler’s goal in the 41st minute, earning his fourth assist of the season and third game-winning assist of the year (watch here). Both marks are tied for the League lead in 2013. Zusi also moved into sole possession of fifth place on KC’s all-time assist chart with 27 regular season assists in his MLS career, breaking a tie with Josh Wolff.
DOM DWYER NAMED USL PRO PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dom Dwyer was named USL PRO Player of the Week for Week 7 on Tuesday. Dwyer — one of four Sporting Kansas City players currently on loan to USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC — had a hat trick in Orlando City’s 7-2 victory against Antigua Barracuda FC on Saturday to give him eight goals on the season, most in the league.
The Lions are in first place in the 13-team USL PRO with a 5-1-1 record and a league-best 21 goals scored. They’ll next face the Seattle Sounders FC reserves at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday. That match can be seen live on USLNation.com or follow @OrlandoCitySC for updates.
JIMMY NIELSEN SETS ALL-TIME CLUB SHUTOUT RECORD
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen moved atop the club’s all-time shutout chart on Sunday in the team’s 4-0 victory over Chivas USA at Sporting Park with the 38th regular season clean sheet of his MLS career.
The 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year breaks a tie with National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former KC goalkeeping great Tony Meola for the most regular season shutouts by a goalkeeper in club history. Nielsen is the 13th goalkeeper in MLS history to record at least 38 career regular season shutouts and he did so in the fewest regular season games played (104) amongst that group.
SPORTING KC DEFEATS CHIVAS USA 4-0
Sporting Kansas City defeated Chivas USA 4-0 on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at Sporting Park. Claudio Bieler opened the scoring in the 41st minute with Graham Zusi claiming the assist. Bieler doubled Sporting KC’s lead in the 57th minute after converting a penalty kick drawn by Paulo Nagamura. Zusi added a goal to his tab in the 65th minute while Josh Gardner, in his debut for Sporting Kansas City, provided the assist. C.J. Sapong secured Sporting Kansas City’s victory in the 87th minute when he notched his first goal of the season.
Jimmy Nielsen’s clean sheet marked his 38th with the club, the most in team history. The win also marked Peter Vermes’ 50th as manager for Sporting Kansas City. The victory improved Sporting Kansas City’s record to 5-3-2 and puts them in a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.