Traore’s late winner leads Sounders past Sporting KC

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Seconds before the final whistle sounded, Djimi Traore capitalized on a major blunder and delivered Seattle a stunning road victory.

Traore’s goal, which came in the fifth minute of stoppage time, gave the the visiting Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

After a long throw-in, Sporting was unable to clear the ball when Aurelien Collin whiffed trying to kick the ball out of the area. Traore then calmly kneed the ball to himself and shot it past a helpless Jimmy Nielsen.

Traore’s goal lifted Seattle (2-3-3, 9 points) to its second win of the season and continues a four-game unbeaten run. The recent stretch of play is a far-cry from the start of the season that saw the Sounders drop three of its first four matches.

Before the goal, the biggest moment of the match happened midway through the first half when KC’s Ike Opara appeared to handle the ball in the penalty area. However, no call was made to the shock of the Sounders. In the aftermath, backup goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was ejected from the match after using abusive language.

The ejection left the Sounders without a backup goalkeeper for the majority of the match. But in-the-end, there was no need for Seattle to worry as Michael Gspurning delivered a shutout performance.

For Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2, 17 points), the stunning loss is the club’s third defeat in their last four matches. Despite scoring four goals just four days ago against Chivas USA, the home side was unable to threaten the Seattle goal. The club was able to get just three shots on target for the entire match, despite an edge in possession (58 to 42 percent).

The loss overshadowed the return of Kei Kamara to Sporting Kansas City. Kamara had spent the last four months on loan with Norwich City FC of the English Premier League. The Sierra Leone International was given a hearty applause by the SKC fans when he made his debut in the 73rd minute. However, that was the brightest spot in the match for Kamara, who didn’t have a shot in his 17 minutes of action.

Both teams make quick returns to action with Seattle heading home to take on the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Century Link Field. Sporting Kansas City will live the friendly home confines to take on the streaking Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Here are the match highlights:

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9 Responses to Traore’s late winner leads Sounders past Sporting KC

  1. AO USMNT says:

    “After a long throw-in, Sporting was unable to clear the ball when Aurelien Collin whiffed trying to kick the ball out of the area.”

    I don’t get how a reporter can write the above sentence without acknowledging the fact that Kei Kamara deflected the ball, causing Collin to misjudge his kick. This goal is on Kemara way more than Collin.

    • ed - houston says:

      Collin the whiffer/shanker.

    • bryan says:

      eh, idk man. didn’t seem to deflect much. either way, everyone knows collin is still a good cb for KC.

    • peterjh says:

      Watch from the angle behind the goal, Kamara actually doesn’t come close to touching the ball. The ball just has some wicked spin on it and Collin whiffed.

  2. Charles says:

    I think the Sounders might need to win ugly this year.

    Against San Jose, that might need to be winning REAL ugly.

  3. SteveE says:

    As a GK at the death, even if you think it is a handball, you try for it. Just plain dumb to throw a hand up and let that go by and give up the 3 points. Thanks Nielsen, we will take it.

  4. Marco says:

    KC,, uh, 90th minute ball watchers ?

  5. Travis says:

    I hate how players insist of raising their hands instead of continuing playing, you are taught when you are like 5 years old to play until the whistle, not stop and hope for one. Happy for the result as a Sounders fan but can not stand how players insist on raising their hands instead of just playing and it happens to every team.