It wouldn't be stoppage time against Sporting Kansas City without a goal by Seattle Sounders FC. As Seattle Sounders FC entered the ninetieth minute and beyond with a nil-nil draw at hand the confidence of five other stoppage time winners had to be at hand. Chad Barrett put in the goal that will go down with so many in this lopsided rivalry across conferences.
Clint Dempsey is credited with the assist, but the build-up started much earlier. It was a Sean Okoli cross that Clint first tried to put away. The cross bar prevented that goal. Dempsey then tried a bicycle kick that need a bit of a nudge from the rushing Barrett to assure Sounders FC of the win.
Seattle's sups (Dempsey, Barrett and Okoli) had four of the 14 shots for the Rave Green. They played only forty-nine minutes.
The majority of the match was defined by replacement refs, rain and missed opportunities. Seattle dominated duels, possession, passing (attacking and overall), but could not convert. They squandered opportunities on dead balls and during the run-of-play. Sporting's typical defense held the attack back.
Kenny Cooper and Lamar Neagle both had opportunities to put Sounders FC ahead. Their quest to open the 2014 account fell short.
The second forty-five got sloppier. Play was disjointed on both sides. Injuries stopped play.
Sigi Schmid needed to change things. In the 57th he brought on Clint Dempsey. Clint immediately demanded the ball, but Vermes' side closed on him quickly. As the offense started to flow through and to Dempsey things bogged down a bit.
Barrett entered with twelve minutes left and play narrowed. The attempts to pound it through the center weren't working.
Sean Okoli became Seattle's second Home Grown Player to get competitive minutes. Often left with space the demand on him to effectively cross the ball was apparent. It was his cross that lead to goal.
It was Chad Barrett that continued a tradition.