This stat gets more amazing the more I see it: Sounders FC has scored five game-winning goals against Sporting Kansas City in stoppage time (all within the past seven games). Chad Barrett was the latest to join that remarkable history in Saturday’s thrilling season opener.
Here is a rundown…
|March 8, 2014||Chad Barrett||Home||Winner||94th|
|May 8, 2013||Djimi Traore||Away||Winner||94th|
|August 6, 2011||Lamar Neagle||Away||Winner||92nd|
|August 6, 2011||Mauro Rosales||Away||Equalizer||90th|
|May 21, 2011||Jeff Parke||Home||Winner||93rd|
|April 17, 2010||Mike Fucito||Home||Winner||92nd|
You might remember Seattle also knocked out K.C. in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with an 89th-minute penalty kick by Sebastien Le Toux.
Here are some other notes from after the game:
— Sounders FC is 7-1-1 against KC in MLS games but on a 7-0-1 run.
— Sounders FC’s 25 fouls suffered was a new franchise record.
— Sounders FC is 39-0-11 when scoring the game’s first goal, the longest active unbeaten run in MLS dating to the start of 2011. The league record is 58 games set by New York (40-0-18).
— Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall, Marco Pappa, Kenny Cooper, Chad Barrett and Sean Okoli made Sounders FC debuts Saturday.
— Sean Okoli’s was his MLS debut.
— Dylan Remick made his first MLS start.
— Chad Barrett’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time tied the team’s latest in MLS history. (Technically, Djimi Traore’s last year was 25 later).
— Chad Barrett is up to 45 career MLS goals.
— Clint Dempsey came off the bench to earn the winning assist, his second regular-season game in a row with a goal or assist.
— Sounders FC improved to 4-2 in season openers (all at home).
— Sporting KC has been an MLS-best 12-4-2 in season openers.
— Attendance of 39,240 was a franchise record for a home opener.