If you work in an office with Sporting Kansas City fans, you can fully expect them to be in foul moods this morning. Last night, playing the second of three games in a seven-day span, Sporting suffered a humiliating last-minute goal to the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders are the worst team in the Western Conference.
The game was mostly uneventful and tied 0-0 going into stoppage time. Then, in the 94th minute, Seattle defender Djimi Traore scored when a corner kick found him just a couple of feet in front of SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Sporting manager Peter Vermes rightly described the play after the game: "It was a monumental mistake on our part. There's nothing else to say." It was also a bit of sweet revenge for the Sounders.
The last time Seattle played in Sporting Park was for the U.S. Open Cup final last August. The game was a thriller that couldn't be decided during regulation or overtime. Sporting finally won on penalty kicks to claim its first U.S. Open Cup since 2004 and end the Sounders' three-year reign as winners of the cup.
The loss dropped Sporting from first to third in the Eastern Conference, and midfielder Graham Zusi sounded appropriately pissed, telling reporters: "That was a horrible second half. It's not anything that they did. They didn't have many good looks at our goal. I don't know what to tell you."