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Here are some postgame notes:
— The Sounders improve to 2-3-3, which is only tied for a worst-ever start (2010) and only tied for last place in the Western Conference (Vancouver also on nine points at 2-4-3).
— The Sounders are 6-1-1 all-time against Sporting KC which includes an active 6-0-1 unbeaten streak and wins in all four games in Kansas City.
— Here is a look at Sounders FC’s late winner against Kansas City: Nate Jaqua in the 76th minute (2009, 3-2 win); Mike Fucito in the 92nd minute (2010, 1-0 win); Alvaro Fernandez in the 78th minute (2010, 2-1 win); Jeff Parke in the 93rd minute (2011, 1-0 win); Lamar Neagle in the 92nd minute (2011, 2-1 win); Djimi Traore in the 94th minute (2013, 1-0 win).
— The Sounders are 27-0-8 when scoring the game’s first goal (2-0-2 this season), the longest active unbeaten run in MLS dating to the end of 2010.
— The Sounders scored first for just the fourth time in 12 games this season in all competitions, including CCL.
— The Sounders are unbeaten in four in MLS (2-0-2) and five in all competitions (2-0-3).
— The Sounders have recorded shutouts in three of their last four games.
— The Sounders are 2-2-1 on the road and 0-1-2 at home.
— Traore dedicated his goal to Osvaldo Alonso and his newborn daughter, Paulina, who was born last week, on the KONG broadcast after the game. Traore definitely has a knack for the memorable, after scoring perhaps the franchise’s best goal in the CONCACAF Champions League.
— Mauro Rosales is the only Sounder to play in every game this season in all competitions.
— Osvaldo Alonso played his 119th MLS game for the Sounders, tying him with Fredy Montero for the most in franchise history.
— Marcus Hahnemann was bizarrely sent off in the first half while on the bench. He’ll be suspended for Saturday’s game against San Jose, meaning pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick, a Seattle native, will likely serve as backup.