It was Chad Barrett's turn to stab Sporting fans in the heart as his 94th minute goal gave the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over Sporting KC.
Sporting had a tremendous opportunity early on in the game. Dom Dwyer found an opening in the box and took a curling shot but Frei was there to save it, making his first big save as a Sounder. Sporting KC would continue the pressure for the first 15 minutes of the match but were not able to put one in the net.
The turning point in the first half would come in the 16th minute when Aurelien Collin would earn his first of probably many yellow cards in 2014. Collin went in for a ball near the sideline and clipped Evans, causing Alan Kelly to bring out the yellow on Collin. From then on, Seattle found their groove and was able to put together several good attacks for the next twenty minutes or so.
Kenny Cooper would be booked almost twenty minutes later. He went hard on a foul on Besler near the box, leading to a debatable card being called. Osvaldo Alonso would become the second Sounder booked at the end of the half after a hard foul of his own.
Neither team was able to convert any of the numerous fouls called into goals, and the teams went into the locker room scoreless.
Right off the bat in the second half, Benny Feilhaber was shown his first yellow card of the season off of another debatable yellow, bringing both team's total up to two for the game.
Seattle had a phenomenal opportunity in the 63rd minute. Following the substitution of Clint Dempsey for Marco Pappa, the Sounders had much more of a fluid midfield. They were able to jump on a counterattack after a Kansas City attack and had a 3-on-2 situation. Martins, however, was not able to get the ball past Kronberg and Besler's good recovery allowed the away side to turn the Sounders away, keeping the score level.
In typical fashion, Seattle left it late to win the match. Clint Dempsey got the ball into the box where it pinged around, going off the bar before Chad Barrett was able to get a foot on the ball, putting it into the net for Seattle's first goal of the year in the 94th minute. This would be too late for Sporting KC to recover and the match ended with Seattle winning it late again, this time with a 1-0 final scoreline.
Sporting KC heads back to Kansas City for their home opener Wednesday, taking on Cruz Azul in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Seattle takes an early lead at the top of the league and they'll look to keep the early season momentum going as they welcome Toronto next Saturday.