Seattle Sounders Beat Kansas City Wizards 2-1; Clinch Playoff Spot

Seattle Sounders are in Kansas City tonight, where a draw against the Wizard will be sufficient to earn the team a place in the MLS playoffs. For more pre- and post-game coverage, visit SB Nation's Sounders Blog, Sounder at Heart

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Sounders Beat Kansas City 2-1

Seattle Sounders beat Kansas City 2-1 to clinch an MLS playoff spot. Seattle’s win comes on the back of two second-half goals, the first by Sanna Nyassi, the second from Alvaro Fernandez. This is Nyassi’s fourth goal in three matches, and Fernandez’s third for the Sounders.

While Sigi Schmid’s late game defensive substitution—pulling off Nyassi and replacing him with Tyrone Marshal—failed to prevent a Wizards penalty, the Sounders kept their heads in the game and managed to keep the home side from equalizing.

While the loss tonight does not mathematically eliminate Kansas City from the playoffs, realistically they have little chance. They are nine points behind the Colorado Rapids, so the Rapids would have to lose their final three games and the Wizards win all three of theirs.

Congratulations Seattle Sounders! Two seasons in Major League Soccer, and two seasons in the playoffs!

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Goalflash: Kansas City Earn Penalty, Convert. Seattle Leads 2-1

Jeff Parke clips Teal Bunbury on the back of his leg, knocking himself over and in the process taking Bunbury with him. The whistle blew and the ref immediately pointed to the spot. Davy Arnaud stepped up to convert.

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Goalflash! Seattle Sounders 2-0 Wizards

Alvaro Fernandez, substituted on just minutes before, weaves through two defenders before rolling the ball past Kansas City keeper Nielsen.

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Goalflash! Seattle 1-0 Kansas City

Sanna Nyassi grabbed the ball in the middle of the Wizards’ half, passed it to Nate Jaqua, who immediately flicked the ball back to Nyassi. Kansas City’s defense got caught off-guard, with the back line out of position and keeper Jimmy Nielsen on the wrong side of the goal. Nyassi pushed it through to the corner of the net for his second goal in two straight league matches, and fourth in all competitions.

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Halftime: Seattle Sounders and Kansas City Wizards At 0-0

Watching this match is rather like watching a table tennis tournament: the ball simply pings back and forth across the field. Ping! It’s in the Sounders box. Ping! It’s within shooting range of the Kansas City goal. Ping! Ping! Ping!.

Kansas City play on a field with absurdly small dimensions, and the size of the pitch is restricting the form of the Sounders. With the players so close together, no one is able to find the space they need. The game is just moving quickly back and forth, with neither team able to keep the ball for more than a couple of passes. The slippery surface isn’t helping, either, with many players simply losing their footing.

Remember: a 0-0 scoreline is sufficient for Seattle. While we’d love a win, a draw will do.

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