For the third consecutive game, Seattle Sounders headed into the 80th minute of a match even, and for the third straight game, the Sounders lost.
This time the kick in the gut came in the 88th minute, as Montreal defender Laurent Ciman headed home a free kick to give the Impact a 1-0 home win at Stade Saputo.
"Giving up a goal (late) is really disappointing," coach Sigi Schmid told JOEtv. ""We have our best header marking the guy and he gets free and scores on a header. The guys worked hard. We’re a little bit limited as to what we can do right now, but we’ve got to stop inventing ways to lose."
The loss was Seattle’s sixth over its past seven games. They have scored only two goals over those seven games, and haven’t scored in 272 minutes.
On Saturday, the Sounders (10-10-2) were outshot 14-3. Montreal put six shots on goal, the Sounders none.
However, there were chances even amid those dismal numbers. In the sixth minute, Chad Barrett put a header wide from 8 yards. In the second half, Lamar Neagle sent a header wide from 6 yards.
Montreal (7-8-3) missed chances too. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins stopped a one-on-one shot from Dominic Oduro in the 23st minute. Ignacio Piatti sent a shot off the crossbar in the 80th minute.
The one shot that went it was set up by a controversial foul called on Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso. That set up a free kick launched by Marco Donadel and headed in by Ciman.
The Sounders were playing yet again without forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, whose seven-game absences parallel this seven-game slide. Also missing were midfielders Brad Evans and Marco Pappa and usual No. 1 goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Dempsey and Evans are expected back next weekend when the Sounders return to action with a home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Martins (leg) and Frei (shoulder) could join them.