Updated Aug 7, 2011 - 10:55 am
Match review: Sporting KC 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC
by John Zielonka, mynorthwest.com
The Sounders returned to their winning ways in MLS competitions by winning 2-1 with last minute heroics for the second time this year against Sporting KC. The home side had not lost since moving into their new home, Livestrong Sporting Park. KC's loss snapped a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Mauro Rosales notched the tying goal in the 90th minute. Two minutes later, he was the spark in setting up Lamar Neagle's second goal and game-winner of the year.
Kansas City's Kai Kamara scored the lone goal in the 20th minute. The home side played a man down when Omar Bravo was ejected in the 59th minute for a hard tackle on Pat Noonan.
Man of the match: Mauro Rosales
The diminutive midfielder has been the difference maker in many of Seattle's matches. Rosales has that special ability to make things happen. He played a role in both the game tying and winning efforts.
"This is three points for us and that is very important because we cannot be far behind LA and Dallas and we are very happy about that."--Mauro Rosales
"There was a deflection off one of our players, a very lucky goal. Running through three people, shooting, having a deflection. It's disappointing."--Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting KC goalie
Stoppage time jinx
In their May 21 encounter in Seattle, Jeff Parke scored in the 93rd minute to give the Sounders a 1-0 win over Kansas City. This matchup saw Sporting KC fold in similar fashion. They've allowed Seattle no goals in regulation but three in added time.
"There were some decisions that we made that weren't good decisions and it ended up biting us and those goals that were scored were a bit unlucky with balls going through guys legs and deflecting, but that's no excuse. It's a heartbreaker to not get any points."--Michael Harrington, Sporting KC defender
"We're ten men and everything at that point is going against us and believe me, it's not something that we take pride in giving up two goals. But at the same time when everything is being pushed against you and we're trying, Luke [Sassano] went down and that didn't help us with his knee. So we were nine guys, that was a difficulty."--Peter Vermes, Sporting KC manager
"At the end of the game we're still striving to get that win no matter what the score is even though we're down one or whatever it is, we still come back. We've gone down a goal many times, but we always seen to fight back and win the game, and that's what happened."--Lamar Neagle, Sounders FC forward
Beating the heat
Seattle played 120 minutes on Wednesday in their CONCACAF win over San Francisco FC. They traveled to Kansas City and played in 93 degree weather. Seattle managed to overcome the heat, humidity and fatigue to earn three important away points. The victory was head coach Sigi Schmid's 150th MLS win of his career.
"I feel like we're getting used to it. Panama, Houston, and now here, but we'll have some time at home now so we'll get a break. They have to deal with it too, they may be more used to it but at the end of the day it's going to be hot and we're both going to have to deal with it."--Lamar Neagle
"We also played on Wednesday for 120 minutes, so we are without legs and without power, but in the mind we were very focused and in the last part of the game we won."--Mauro Rosales
They said it
"They're a good team and there's a reason why they haven't been beat in fourteen games...Obviously difficult for them with Bravo getting sent off with thirty minutes left and even then they still had a couple chances, but credit to our guys they didn't give up and we got the three points."--Kasey Keller, Sounders FC goalie
"I was close to that but I completely forgot 150 certainly in the euphoria of the game. It just means that I fortunately have gotten to coach a lot of players in this league."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
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