It was mission accomplished Saturday night as Sporting Kansas City (4-2-6,18 points) walked out of the XBox Pitch in Century Link Field with a goal less draw against the Seattle Sounders FC (6-3-2, 20 points) disappointing the 40,653 fans who where hoping to see the high octane Sounder offense in action.
Sporting Kansas City’s game plan was simply, let Sounders FC have most of the ball possession, pack the middle of the field and close down the shooting lanes. To say the strategy worked would be the provobial understatement. Sounders FC had one shot on goal the entire game and that occurred in the 82nd minute of the second half.
“We’re disappointed with the tie at home,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid after the game . “We always want to win when we’re at home. I thought we had more possession, they played certainly deeper right from the beginning of the game. … In a game like this you’re not going to get 10 or 15 chances. You’re only going to get one or two and you need to finish them when you can. That didn’t fall for us today.”
Kansas City’s earned point from the tie was even more impressive if you consider the fact that the team dressed only 16 players, and center forward Dom Dwyer was pulled from the starting line during warm ups due to soreness in his neck.
“Incredible intelligence in the way we played,” Sporting Coach Peter Vermes said after the game. “Our battle was second to none tonight. To be able to come here with so many changes, against this team, in a place where we’ve been snakebit so many times late in the game, to keep our concentration and play every roll of the ball was – I don’t know what else to say other than it was big-time by the team.
With the draw, Seattle moves into second position in the MLS Western Conference following Vancouver’s loss in Colorado tonight. The Rave Green trail conference-leading FC Dallas by a sole point, with Sounders FC holding a game in-hand over the Hoops. Seattle is now 7-1-2 all-time against Sporting Kansas City in MLS play, including a nine-match unbeaten streak, with the Rave Green holding a 3-1-2 record at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Forward Clint Dempsey streak of 10 straight MLS matches with a goal or assist was snapped one shy of the all-time league record.
Sounders FC next game will be wednesday when the take on the Colorado Rapids (7:00 p.m. PTD) at CenturyLink Field . The Rave Green round-out their three-match home-stand on Sunday, May 31 against the New York Red Bulls on the XBOX Pitch (2:00 p.m. PT / ESPN2, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).