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Seattle Sounders unbeaten in four after latest win

May 9, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Djimi Traoré head shot

 

As long as we’re not talking about U.S. Open Cup finals, the Sounders pretty much have Sporting Kansas City’s number.  (Even then, Seattle was awfully good on that 2012 summer night at Sporting Park, where a couple of controversial calls had a lot to say about the close outcome that fell in SKC’s favor.)

The Sounders victory last night outside Kansas City was their fourth in a row over Peter Vermes’ team in league play. It came when Djimi Traoré found a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, supplying a 1-0 victory for the visitors and a real buzz kill for the Eastern Conference co-leaders, who were hoping to build some momentum off that big 4-0 weekend win.

But the Sounders fans aren’t talking about dominance over a team from the Midwest today. Rather, they are rightly excited about a club that is unbeaten in four (2-0-2), having come a long way from that dire point a month ago, when Sigi Schmid’s team was in last-place, the league’s final, remaining winless club.

What’s more, only one of the last four was at home. Schmid’s team just collected seven of a possible nine points in games at Colorado, at Philadelphia and (the toughest of the lot) at Kansas City.

Remember, SKC rested half its starting back line over the weekend (right back Chance Myers and U.S. international center back Matt Besler) to provide the best chance in this one.

It may have been of the “less-lovely” variety, but no one in the state of Washington should care. Seattle is still playing without its best lineup, and yet still winning on the road. Held up against where the team was just one month ago – not just last in the league, but bumming over the CONCACAF Champions League crash-out – everyone around the Sound has reason to feel very good about things right now.

Highlights from Wednesday:

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  1. charliej11 - May 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I don’t think that any of us do feel good however.
    You watch the teams in MLS and they have all gotten better. The Sounders have not.

    Maybe Martins comes and saves us from the lack of scoring, that probably changes everything.
    The D is solid, midfield play in the midfield is fine. It is midfield play to score goals, and forwards scoring goals that is missing. Rosales not playing well is a big part of that.

    • Steve Davis - May 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      I get that … But I sometimes think people under-value success on the road. Look for the “nice” wins at home. Away from home, I say, just get the points by hook, crook or defensive bunker. (And any way you slice it, wins at Sporting Park are HUGE! In my opinion, at least.)

    • facebookuser111 - May 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      It has been disappointing but given this teams financial situation going into the season we already had a hard road. Then with injuries and red card business, at the very least we are seeing what our bench can offer, and if we can get into the playoffs we might not sputter out like previous seasons.

      Its a long season.

  2. dreadpirate82 - May 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Seattle gave SKC’s midfield tons of room to maneuver in the first 35-40 minutes, but they never gave them much close to goal. They seemed to tighten things up after that. Alonso got stronger as SKC slowed down.

    The second half was a horribly boring stalemate. The only shot on goal came from the goal in extra time. Brutal. Good work by Seattle keeping it close and taking advantage of a bad mistake.

    Better work by the Seattle fans, as there was a good sized tailgate going on near the Speedway a couple hours before the match. I always want the opposing fans to go home upset with the result, but it’s great for the league to see road crowds like that. Especially on a weekday.

  3. talgrath - May 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    What impressed me is that about half of the Sounders’ starters did not start due to either njury or suspensions. Rosales did not start (but did sub in) due to injury, Yedlin was suspended, Martins and Zakuani did not make the trip due to injury. The Sounders should be scary good, on paper, it is just that this season injuries seem to be plaguing them.

  4. mvktr2 - May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Hopefully what the sounders have accomplished of late, no small or unimportant feat for SSFC, will be the catalyst for turning their fortunes around.

    Much of what’s landed Seattle in hot water of late performance wise has been roster management based. Riley, Parke, & more along the back, a dip in Rosale’s form at his ate had to be visible from the inside, as well as getting rid of Fernandez and others. There’s simply been too much change there across the board and some of the signings simply haven’t worked as hoped, Martinez.

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