Categorized | Featured, MLS Match Reports

Not So Sporting, Seattle KC Turns Ugly

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Kyle Alm

Seattle Sounders have not won a match in their last 5 MLS matches, their most recent, an embarassing 4-1 defeat by the expansion Montreal Impact. Sounders have not won since FC Dallas May 9. Sporting KC are winners of their last two and sitting on 2nd place in the Eastern Conference currently.

Sporting KC did not have two of their main players, Graham Zusi or Kei Kamara, in the starting lineup. Kamara is coming off of International duty for Sierra Leone and 48 hours of travel.

Sounders showed vulnerability early (8th minute) in not being able to clear their lines as Sporting put the pressure on early. It was Jacob Peterson who would score first for the visitors, when Aurelien Collin managed to get the ball to his Peterson, who hit his volley cleanly for first goal of the season.

no images were found

Sounders drew level at the 15 minute mark on a set piece situation. Patrick Ianni was the beneficiary of a Mauro Rosales cross from a set piece that made Pat Ianni look like Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring against France.

The second half was punctuated more by fouls and rough play than the second half. Visiting teams at CenturyLink often will try to escape with a draw and a point, Peter Vermes made substitutions that indicated he was looking for a goal and three points when Graham Zusi would enter the pitch at the 50th minute for the goal scorer Peterson. Kei Kamara would enter 15 minutes later for the goal scorer Jacob Peterson.

Fredy Montero had the best shot at winning the match for the home side in the 88th minute when Jimmy Nielsen was unable to collect the Colombian’s shot, and the ball slowly rolled towards the endline. Osvaldo Alonso was not quite close enough to put the ball in for a winner before it was cleared away by Sporting KC. Many fans were left wondering how it was possible that the ball did not cross the line.

Tensions escalated soon after with hard foul by Zach Scott on substitute CJ Sapong sent the Kansas City man sprawling into the sideline advertising boards. Scott would be cautioned.

Alvaro Fernandez was shown a straight red card for a retaliatory challenge on Roger Espinoza in the 90th minute that brought both sides rushing at each other. Things were quite heated and there appeared to be a fair amount of pushing and shoving going, nothing more serious than that.

Referee Jair Marrufo deserves a fair amount of criticism and blame for letting this match get so physical, although the match was practically in the book when the melee ensued. Players were clearly looking to take things into their own hands when fouls weren’t called. It is very common for matches to get out of hand when obvious fouls are let go, players are not cautioned, or worse given leniency for picking up their second yellow. Officiating decisions needs to be clear, consistent, and swift in an ideal situation. Marrufo was lucky that things didn’t get violent earlier in the match.

Steve Zakuani was available on the bench for the first time since the 2011 season, but Sigi Schmid did not want to put him into a match where the referee was letting it get so physical. The Sounders will be on the road at Portland 6/24, San Jose for the US Open Cup 6/26, at New England 6/30, and at Real Salt Lake before coming home to face Colorado. The first time the home fans will get a chance to see Steve Zakuani it will be against the Colorado Rapids and Brian Mullan.

For Sporting KC they are merely keeping pace with their Eastern Conference rivals DC United & NY Red Bulls.

Attendance 46,932

Leave a Reply

Advertise Here
Advertise Here