The Seattle Sounders hit bottom Sunday in the oppressive Midwest heat when they fell to Sporting Kansas City, 3-0. They've had their share of bad luck in 2016, but there was nothing that could be said
about this loss: the worst result of the season. The Sounders, who slumped to 6-12-2, managed just one shot, equaling an MLS record for the fewest shots in a game. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid
couldn't even use the weather as an excuse.
Fewest Shots (MLS Game): 1 Seattle (2016 vs. Sporting KC) 1
Chivas USA (2010 vs. Colorado) 1 Miami (1998 vs. Dallas)
"Did they have air conditioners on their backs?" he asked of Sporting Kansas City, which moved from
seventh to fourth place in the Western Conference with the win. "I don't think so. It's hot for them, and it's hot for us. Again, like that when you have inclement weather conditions it's a situation
of when the game is going well for you, you have the energy to run and when the game is not going well for you then you feel that it is really hot."
The loss came after four days after
the Sounders lost, 4-2, at the LA Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. Schmid had rested many key players for the Sporting KC game but it did not make much of a difference.
"It doesn't matter who you save," Schmid said. "We weren't good. We just weren't good as a team."
Asked what was missing -- intensity or organization, Schmid responded, "All the above.
Some of the above. Now that is for us to go back and figure out. When a team doesn't play well then there is a lot of things that as a coach, the guy that has to take the responsibility, has to ask
oneself: were we technically setup the right way, did we get the stuff out of them or put in the performance that we were expecting?"
Seattle, whose other losses have all been by one or two goals, is now 10 points below
the red line in the Western Conference with 14 games to play. It has never had a losing record in seven MLS seasons nor failed to make the playoffs.
CONFERENCE PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA 41 FC Dallas 12-6-5 35/31 38 Colorado 10-2-8 23/14 35 LA Galaxy 9-3-8 34/19 31 Sporting KC
9-10-4 27/25 31 Real Salt Lake 8-6-7 30/31 30 Vancouver 8-8-6 33/35 -------------------------------- 29 Portland 7-7-8 33/33 26 San Jose 6-6-8 22/23 20 Seattle
6-12-2 20/27 19 Houston 4-9-7 23/26