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Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Seattle Sounders, Half Time: Kei Kamara Header Has Home Side On Top

Kei Kamara shook his defender and headed home from a long throw-in to give Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 lead heading into the half. The Sounders back line has been a heaving-mass of (mostly successful) last second challenges but without some improvement in their organization and tactical adjustment from Sigi Schmid it's only a matter of time until Kansas City break through again. The Sounders have had some fairly threatening attacking play but have been unable to break through a strong defensive effort from SKC.

The Sounders look a bit slower and less explosive in the attack than usual, but the crippling fatigue present from the opening bell in Houston has so far not been in evidence. That's a very positive sign for Seattle's chances of getting back into the game. Sigi Schmid had a few less than flattering comments for Fredy Montero during his scheduled interview, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Mike Fucito come on at some point in the near future-perhaps for the second half is Schmid is in a "lesson teaching" sort of mood.

It wasn't a great first half for Seattle, but it could have been far, far worse. If the Sounders can keep SKC within reach until some fresh legs are brought on, they're far from out of things. But they'll have to tighten things up at the back if that's going to happen.