BY SPNW Staff 08:29PM 06/06/2015

Sounders fume after 1-0 loss at Kansas City

Two major calls against the Sounders — offsides on Lamar Neagle in the 66th minute that nullified a goal, and a controversial yellow card on Stefan Frei in the 84th that set up Benny Feilhaber’s winning penalty kick — provided Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 victory Saturday over a Seattle team missing Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Chad Barrett, Ozzie Alonso and Brad Evans.

The Sounders (8-4-2) lost for the first time in franchise history at Sporting Park, falling to 4-1-0.  Coach Sigi Schmid was irate at the result, particularly the booking against Frei.

“This is a disappointing loss and I thought that (Frei’s yellow card) was a poor call, a bad call,” fumed Schmid, who confronted the booking official after the match and chewed on him en route to the Seattle locker room. “Stefan didn’t do anything wrong.”

Frei challenged for the ball in the penalty area and won it, but was whistled for a foul following a collision with Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer. Outraged, Frei vigorously protested, even making slight contact with the referee. Frei could have received a red card, but didn’t. He stormed off the field after the match, still ranting.

Neagle appeared to score in the 66th minute, but his shot to the far post past SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia was waved off.

“This is a tough pill to swallow,” said Andy Rose. “I feel a little bit robbed. From where I was, Lamar’s goal was on side.”

The Sounders had six shots on target, including two each by Neagle and Marco Pappa, but couldn’t convert.

“Our team’s effort was very good,” said Schmid. “We should have finished some of the chances we had, but we didn’t deserve to lose today.”

Although the Sounders, who drew with Kansas City 0-0 earlier this season at CenturyLink Field, played without Dempsey (birth of fourth child), Martins (nose surgery), Evans (international duty), Alonso (suspension) and Barrett (hamstring injury), they dominated the run of play. But Melia came away with six saves.

“There’s a lot of frustration right now,” said Seattle defender Dylan Remick. “We played a pretty good game. We had a good goal (Neagle’s) taken back, and it looked like Frei made a clean save. In my opinion, I didn’t see a penalty kick. We felt like we deserved more.”

The loss was Seattle’s first since May 9 at Columbus.


The Sounders return to CenturyLink Field Saturday to host FC Dallas, fourth in the Western Conference with 21 points. The Sounders and FC Dallas drew 0-0 March 28.



  • RadioGuy

    You always want to come away with a point on the road and the Sounders played fairly well with all so many core players missing, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Just gotta shake the head and move on knowing the youngsters got some match time and acquitted themselves decently in a tough loss. There WERE some bright spots.

  • jafabian

    Frei’s yellow card was lame. He has as much right to go to the ball as the player and there was no contact that resulted in an advantage for him. A win would have been great not so much as for the win itself but for the team to know that it can still win without their core players. And that’s pretty much who was out for this match. They can still hold their heads high on this one though.

  • ll9956

    I am wondering if there are any possible consequences for bad calls by the refs. Seems like they should be accountable. I think in the NFL bad calls tend to get those refs either uninvited to officiate in the post season, or possibly not invited to return the following season.

  • notaboomer

    totally great play by the goalie and, of course, a flop and fake drama injury by the spk forward. soccer flopping is the worst part of the sport.