Seattle Sounders Sneak Past Sporting KC, 1-0

By: Sporting, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: Sporting, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

Sporting KC suffered their fourth loss of the season as the Seattle Sounders scored a late game-winning goal at Sporting Park. Both teams made several lineup changes as they are each in the middle of three matches in eight days.
Man of the Match

Ike Opara started his second straight match in central defense and helped to shut down the Seattle attack for most of the match. Opara was acquired in the offseason and has added depth to an already strong backline. Opara led players in interceptions, clearances, and aerial duels won. With multiple competitions in the upcoming months and Matt Besler likely to be busy with the U.S. National Team, Opara is expected to play a major role for Sporting KC this summer.
Turning Point

Djimi Traore's goal in stoppage time was against the run of play. The final whistle was moments away but a defensive lapse allowed Seattle an opportunity that it converted. It was a tough way to lose a match but some credit has to be given to Seattle for defending well in the second half and limited Sporting KC's scoring opportunities.
A few stats

Wednesday's match was the third consecutive match between the two sides in which a player was dismissed or ejected.
The crowd of 18,602 is the 22nd consecutive sell-out at Sporting Park.
Both of Seattle's game-winning goals at Sporting Park have been in stoppage time
Sporting KC are currently winless in their last seven MLS matches against Seattle


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