Seattle played an impressive game with two goals scored, one assisted by a substitute and the other scored by one. This week has been an incredible week for the Sounders. On Tuesday they won the U.S. Open Cup and with tonight’s victory they secured a spot in the playoffs.
The Wizards came out with a fighting spirit, pushing forward and creating opportunities. Teal Bunbury got plenty of dangerous touches within the first few minutes.
Kansas City completely dominated the first 15 minutes. A great chance came in the 12th minute when Matt Besler had a good header on goal, but it was denied by veteran goal keeper Kasey Keller.
Kansas played with purpose and pressured every loose ball. Kei Kamara and Bunbury continuously teamed up and in the 17th minute Kamara almost scored but the shot was too wide.
Seattle’s most dangerous play was in the 25th minute when Fredy Montero crossed the ball into the box, but Steve Zakuani was called for a handball which ended the play.
In the 30th minute Seattle had possession of the ball and Nathan Sturgis attempted to shoot it from distance but Craig Rocastle deflected it with his face. Rocastle fell to the ground in pain but at least he prevented a goal.
An opportunity for the Wizards came in the 35th minute when Bunbury headed the ball at goal, but it was denied by the crossbar. Montero responded for Seattle by taking a shot, but to the relief of the awkwardly-placed Jimmy Nielsen the ball was a bit too wide.
The first half ended with back-to-back tackles which the ref ignored.
The second half started with no substitutions. Both teams came out equally feisty and noticeably upset with the current score.
The Wizards played with a sense of urgency; they were desperate to score. In the 50th minute Jack Jewsbury stole a ball and crossed it into the box, but his timing was off and Kamara was unable to reach it.
In the 55th minute the Wizards got their second corner kick of the night and looked for their first corner kick goal of the season, but Keller easily caught the ball.
In the 66th minute Sanna Nyassi played a one-two with substitute Nate Jaqua and shot the ball. The strike was deflected by Nielsen, but Nyassi then scored off of the rebound. That was the first goal of the night.
The goal upped the intensity of the game for the Wizards. Both Bunbury and Kamara took distant shots in hopes to score a goal but both were too high. They continued to attack but still were unable to score.
The nail on the coffin for the Wizards came in the 78th minute when Seattle scored a second goal. The goal came from a sub, Alvaro Fernandez. The Uruguayan made it past the defensive line and fired it in as a helpless Nielsen looked on.
In the 83rd minute Bunbury was taken down by Jeff Parke inside the box and the Wizards were awarded a penalty. Arnaud took the PK and scored.
The penalty goal gave the Wizards momentum but with the time running out it was simply too late.
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