When Sigi Schmid started a B-team against LA in the Open Cup the thought was to focus on the rest of the MLS season. Focus and rest were not enough in Kansas City. The Seattle Sounders played possibly their worst game as an MLS franchise recording their first shot in the 88th minute, narrowly avoiding being the only team in the league's history to not have a shot. Nothing went right for Seattle, and only because there were not significant injuries did everything not go wrong.
Dom Dwyer dominated the Seattle backline. He scored twice in the 3-nil Sporting Kansas City win. His second goal showed just how poorly the Sounders season, and this match went.
Scot did not start the match. He and Alfaro came on at half when Schmid switched the team to a 3-4-1-2. The Sounders looked a bit better at that point, but eventually the tired legs and broken spirits showed.
This is not Seattle's biggest loss in history. It is the worst they've looked.
Players gave up on each other and on the team as a whole. The lineup selected was nearly as strong as it could be, going up against another poor side in the 2016 year.
They were bad - all of them except Stefan Frei. His heroics kept the match to a 3-nil loss. That's the type of thing he dealt with in Toronto. It is something that should not be accepted in Seattle.
Yet, here we are in a season where all trophies are, for practical purposes, out of reach with three months left. Seattle is now 6-12-2 -7 for 9th in the West and 17th overall.