Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - It certainly wasn't the most aesthetically
pleasing performance of the season, but Djimi Traore's goal on the final kick
of the game handed Seattle Sounders FC a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at
Sporting Park on Wednesday.
After a dull 90 minutes that saw neither side generate much in the final
third, Traore took advantage of a failed clearance to score on the last kick
of the match, handing Seattle its second win of the season, while Sporting has
lost three of its last four to fall three points back of the top spot in the
The only real scoring opportunities for either side both came in the opening
20 minutes as Sporting's Peterson Joseph curled a shot just wide from the top
of the penalty area.
Seattle's chance arrived six minutes later in the 20th minute when Brad Evans
headed a cross from Mario Martinez just over the crossbar.
Sporting forward Kei Kamara was introduced in the second half after returning
from his loan spell at Norwich City in England, but he was unable to bring a
drab contest to life.
However, an innocent throw in made its way toward the middle of the penalty
area, where Sporting defender Aurelien Collin whiffed on a clearing attempt,
allowing Traore to take advantage and smack the ball past a helpless Jimmy
Nielsen in the Sporting net.
The Sports Network