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For just the second time this season, the Seattle Sounders (11-7-5) dropped a match at home.
Sporting Kansas City has acquired veteran midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the Colorado Rapids. In exchange, Colorado gets 22-year-old defender Abdul Rwatubyaye and an undisclosed draft pick. The 34-year-old Feilhaber joined Sporting KC in 2013 and helped lead the club to the MLS Cup title. He wound up scoring 32 goals with 37 assists during five seasons in Kansas City.
Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals, including one in stoppage time, and Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Thursday night to advance to MLS Cup for the second time in four years. The Timbers will visit Atlanta United on Dec. 8 to play for the league title. Atlanta beat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate to win its Eastern Conference final series.
Raul Ruidiaz scored from the run of play, Nico Lodeiro converted a penalty kick and the Seattle Sounders took advantage of an own goal to beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday in a game between two of the hottest teams in MLS.
The Sounders will aim for a league record eighth consecutive win in a single season Saturday as they face Sporting Kansas City, the squad they share that MLS mark with. Adding to the tension will be Clint Dempsey's retirement ceremony and the fact the Sounders are still barely clinging to a playoff berth.
A desperate Sounders team looking to avoid the worst start in franchise history sent out a young brother combination in hopes of generating a spark. Having Cristian Roldan in the defensive midfield Sunday at Sporting Kansas City was a given; the addition of his rookie younger brother, Alex, on left wing for his first Major League Soccer start certainly was not. The Roldan brothers combined for a go-ahead second-half goal in a match that ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw and a long-awaited first point of the season for Seattle.
With Harry Shipp now added to the list of injured Sounders and Clint Dempsey and Kelvin Leerdam suspended, the team will need its younger players to step up Sunday in a match at Sporting Kansas City
Alberth Elis scored his 11th goal of the season in the 94th minute and the Houston Dynamo made it stand in the second extra period for a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Houston, which is undefeated in its last seven games, advanced to the Western Conference semifinals to face the Portland Timbers.
Clint Dempsey scored on a header in the 36th minute, and the Seattle Sounders stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Gerso Fernandes scored three second-half goals in 13 minutes, Tim Melia had his seventh shutout and Sporting Kansas City beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 for sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. Kansas City (6-2-4) is undefeated in 15 straight home games.
The Sounders are off to a slow start again this season, in large part due to the rash of injuries to their defenders.
TORONTO – Toronto FC played to a scoreless tie with Sporting Kansas City in their home opener, a matchup of unbeaten MLS teams. Toronto (1-0-3) had more chances on a wet, windy night, but was unable to finish off Sporting Kansas City (1-0-3) before a crowd of 27,909 at BMO Field.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura is retiring from professional soccer and will join the club’s developmental team as an assistant coach for next season.
Nelson Valdez scored his first MLS goal in nearly a calendar year on a header in the 88th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night in the knockout round of the MLS Western Conference playoffs.
Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso will miss his first league match of the season on Sunday at Sporting Kansas City.
Stefan Frei titled Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in its 2016 MLS season opener the Life of a Goalkeeper. In the 73rd minute of Sunday’s match at CenturyLink Field, Kansas City defender Nuno Coelho took a speculative shot from well outside the Sounders box. And though the shot swerved between a few bodies, Frei still had plenty of time to size up the trajectory of the ball. Somehow, though, it wriggled beneath his outstretched body, brushing his fingers before nuzzling into the back of the net.
Dominic Dwyer (pictured) scored in the 79th minute to give Sporting Kansas City a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas, further tightening the top of the MLS Western Conference standings. The Sounders opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Obafemi Martins shouldered off defender Kevin Ellis to finish a long ball from Gonzalo Pineda for his 14th goal. Sporting KC’s goal came five minutes after Dwyer entered the game. Jacob Peterson fed Amadou Dia on a nice overlap on the left side of the box for a low cross that a sliding Dwyer on the right side redirected past keeper Stefan Frie. It was his 11th goal. Seattle (14-13-4, 46 points) is fourth in the Western Conference, four points behind first-place Los Angeles. Kansas City (12-9-9) is fifth, a point behind Seattle. The Sounders have three games left. – Associated Press
Major League Soccer doles out its rewards for playoff seeding in twos. The first two finishers in each conference get first-round byes. The third and fourth seeds get home-field advantage in the single- elimination play-in round. And the fifth and sixth finishers at least get a chance to play on.
Two days did nothing to change the Seattle Sounders’ conviction that they were done wrong – twice – Saturday in their 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Coach Sigi Schmid (pictured) and goalkeeper Stefan Frei talked more calmly Monday, than they had over the weekend at Sporting Park. But they remain convinced that one botched offside call took a goal from them, while another paved the way for Sporting’s winner. “Sometimes you don’t get the calls,” Schmid said. The decision that got most of the attention was a penalty on Frei – which was converted for the only goal – after he collided with K.C.’s Dom Dwyer as each went after a 50-50 ball inside the penalty area. “That’s probably the most frustrating call I’ve ever had called against me,” Frei said. “… I get the ball before I make contact with the player, at the same time he makes contact with me. So it’s not like I’m the one charging and he’s not. We’re both going for it.” – Tacoma News Tribune
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Benny Feilhaber scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute and Kansas City beat Seattle 1-0 on Saturday night for Sporting’s first regular-season victory over the Sounders since 2009. Kansas City (6-2-6) snapped its 435-minute scoreless streak against Seattle (8-4-2), dating to June 2012, and beat the Sounders for the first time at home in five attempts.