Sporting KC had scored three times and unleashed 17 shots before Seattle even attempted its first shot, which came in the 88th minute. The Sounders avoided becoming the first team in MLS history without a shot in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The ball rolled a few yards outside the Seattle penalty box, the aftermath of an ill-advised backward pass. As it migrated toward the Sounders’ back line, a pair of defenders simply watched it spin. Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer swooped in, made a quick move and beat Seattle keeper Stefan Frei.

And so it went.

A slumping Seattle Sounders FC club arrived in Kansas City this weekend in search of answers to its scoring woes but instead departed with an ugly loss.

Sporting KC handled Seattle with ease, winning 3-0 on Sunday in front of 18,563 fans at Children’s Mercy Park.

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Seattle (6-12-2) was shut out for the sixth time in its past 11 matches.

“When a team doesn’t play well, there’s a lot of (factors),” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “Obviously, as a coach, I’m the guy who has to take responsibility.”

To be fair, the hot, humid conditions on a July afternoon in Kansas City weren’t ideal for breaking a scoring slump. But the Sounders never threatened.

Sporting KC (9-10-4) had scored three times and unleashed 17 shots — six of them on target — before Seattle even attempted its first shot, which came in the 88th minute. And that lone shot — five minutes before the final whistle — prevented Seattle from becoming the first team in MLS history to be held without an attempt.

“Whoever scored first today was going to win. The conditions made it really difficult,” Seattle captain Brad Evans said. “They pressured us early on and throughout the game — for all 90 minutes, they put us under pressure.

“I thought Brad Evans was our captain. I thought he worked his rear end off defensively and in the midfield,” Schmid said. “But again, our team effort wasn’t good.”

Evans later added, “Their game plan was a bit better than ours.”

Four days ago, Seattle put together a lineup in a U.S. Open Cup match against the L.A. Galaxy that suggested it had placed more importance on the weekend tilt in Kansas City.

But after it was subsequently eliminated from the Open Cup, Seattle’s hopes for a revival in MLS play absorbed yet another significant hit. It is 10 points shy of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

On Sunday, Dwyer scored twice — initially putting Sporting KC on the board in the 21st minute before his aforementioned late-game tally, when he out-hustled the Seattle defense. Jacob Peterson had doubled the advantage just before halftime.

“I thought it was pretty hard (with) the conditions, but we didn’t bring it today,” Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan said. “You saw how many chances they had and how few we had.”

To add insult to injury — or vice versa — Seattle midfielder Erik Friberg did not return for the second half after injuring his ankle. Schmid said he did not know the severity of the injury. Seattle played without midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who served a mandatory one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Seattle returns home Sunday to face the L.A. Galaxy for the second time this season. The Galaxy handed Seattle a 1-0 loss on July 9.