Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei hadn’t had a lot to do. Then, deep in stoppage time, midfielder Benny Feilhaber fired off a would-be game-winner toward the top corner of the net. Frei timed his leap perfectly, pushing it over the bar to preserve a point for the hosts.
Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei hadn’t had a lot to do during Saturday night’s scoreless draw between the Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.
Kansas City managed just three shots on target in 90 minutes, and most of the rest of its nine attempts on goal were fired well wide.
Then, deep in stoppage time, midfielder Benny Feilhaber stepped into a seam and fired off a would-be game-winner toward the top corner of the net.
Frei timed his leap perfectly, pushing it over the bar with a single, strong hand to preserve a point for the hosts.
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“It’s the hardest thing,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said afterward. “It’s very easy to be a goalkeeper when a team is peppering you with shots. You’re diving right, you’re diving left. Your focus is there.
“When you’re sitting in goal and you’re not really facing anything and now, all of a sudden, you’re called upon to make the big save, that’s what separates very, very good goalkeepers from the rest of the pack. Today, he showed he’s a very good goalkeeper.”
• Saturday’s match at CenturyLink Field was Seattle’s first at home since April 26. And it began a stretch of three CenturyLink matches in eight days: Colorado visits on Wednesday, and the New York Red Bulls follow next Sunday.
“It’s nice to be back in front of our fans,” Seattle defender Dylan Remick said earlier this week. “The traveling support has been amazing, but anytime you can get 40,000 on your side, it’s amazing.”
This current chunk of the schedule hasn’t just been physically taxing – it’s been challenging, too. Seattle played a pair of Cascadia Cup matches and faced off against a pair of darkhorse Eastern Conference contenders.
Beginning with the Portland match in late April, Seattle has gone unbeaten in five but for the 3-2 loss in Columbus.
“It’s a pretty difficult stretch right here, but we’ve got really good depth on this team,” Remick said. “Everyone is working hard, so I don’t think it’s going to be too hard.”
• Sounders midfielder Gonzalo Pineda hobbled around the home locker room after the game, face in a grimace.
“Worse than usual?” teammate Chad Barrett asked, and a nod answered in the affirmative.
Pineda was injured in the final minutes of Saturday’s scoreless draw, slumping to the turf in pain and asking for a stoppage in play.
“I think that ankle has been sprained, off and on, for a while,” Schmid said, though he provided no word about the severity of the injury or a potential timetable.