Stoppage time sinks Sounders

A late Crew goal off a quick-kick corner costs Seattle a point against Columbus

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comMarch 30, 2014 

The Columbus Crew scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time Saturday to take a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle scored first but couldn’t build on it, and that came back to haunt them as they played short-handed for the final 30 minutes after a red card to Djimi Traore.

It was the first time since 2010 that Seattle had lost after scoring the game’s first goal.

That goal came from Kenny Cooper in the 23rd minute.

However, several other solid Sounders chances didn’t reach the back of the net.

Seattle paid the price for those wasted opportunities in the 59th minute, when Columbus’ Federico Higuain equalized on a penalty kick.

Then in the final seconds, Justin Meram knocked in a shot over a crowd in front of the Sounders goal.

Seattle’s scoring play started with Lamar Neagle deflecting a Columbus pass. Obafemi Martins quickly knocked it forward to Cooper, who took the ball near just across the center line and carried to the top of the penalty area, where he seemed to survey his passing options before knocking the ball wide of Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark.

However, Clark kept the Crew close by saving three other on-target Seattle shots during the first half. Neagle especially had his share of chances, but each was a near miss.

In the 43rd minute, Columbus also had a couple of near misses of its own, as Higuain sent a shot off the crossbar, and Bernardo Anor’s follow rolled just wide of the goal.

The Crew pulled even on a sequence that began with Traore fouling Dominic Oduro in front of the Seattle goal. Traore was sent off, and Higuain nailed the equalizing PK.

Seattle fell to 2-2 on the season, while Columbus moved to 3-0 for the first time in club history.

The Sounders begin a three-game road trip Saturday at Portland (0-2-2).

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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