A late scuffle ended an otherwise uneventful 1-1 draw. Seattle's Steve Zakuani dressed for the first time since April 2011 but didn't make an appearance off the bench.The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City are both known for their physical style of play. On Wednesday night, it got a bit ugly.
Frustrations erupted during the two sides' 1-1 draw in the 90 minute after an irritated Sounders' Alvaro Fernandez deliberately slid into SKC's Roger Espinoza. The Uruguayan's actions immediately resulted in a red card and both sides became confrontational, forcing a two minute delay of game action.
The scoring in the match came early as SKC's Jacob Peterson scored in the eighth minute thanks to headed assist from Aurélien Collin. Then the Sounders were quick to respond as Patrick Ianni equalized the game in 15th minute 1-1 with a stunning volley in the center of the box set up by Mauro Rosales free kick. It was Ianni's first goal since May 2011.
After the early scoring, both sides bunkered down which made things become physical and aggressive with both sides looking to break down defense. In addition to Fernandez's red card, there were four yellow cards throughout the game. SKC's Collin, Lawrence Olum, Jimmy Nielsen and Seattle's Zach Scott were all carded.
Neither side had an advantage statistically. Possession was practically split down the middle and Seattle had two more shots (16) than SKC (14).
On a positive note for the Seattle Sounders, Steve Zakuani was on the bench for the first time since April 2011. The electric winger suffered a severe injury against the Colorado Rapids after Brian Mullan's tackle broke his leg.
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