Sporting Kansas City did everything possible but score against Seattle, which was saved time and again by the goalkeeping of Stefan Frei, and when it exited, 1-0, in MLS's Knockout Round on
Nelson Valdez's controversial goal in the 88th minute, Sporting coach Peter Vermes was not a happy man.
Paulo Nagamura, a veteran of seven MLS playoff seasons, will wonder what it will take to get his first playoff goal as Frei twice denied him
early in the first half and laid the rebound of his second shot off to Graham Zusi, who hit the far post.
Frei made saves on Kevin Ellis, Seth Sinovic and Benny
Feilhaber, who broke through the Sounders defense, but was thankful that Matt Besler was ruled offside on his goal off Feilhaber's free kick in the 53rd minute.
to be equally offside when he away Joevin Jones' cross in the 88th minute, but the goal stood for the Paraguayan DP's first goal of the season after going scoreless in 24 regular-season
Vermes was fuming for that ruling, along with the decision by referee Ismail Elfath to not once but twice keep Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso on the field for fouls
that might have earned him an ejection (yellow card, not red, for foul on Roger Espinoza in the first half and no second card for a foul on Feilhaber in the 67th minute).
scored their goal on an offsides play," Vermes said. "Referee misses it, changes the outcome of the game. I would tell you, in my opinion and for our organization, I think that PRO and Major League
Soccer owe our club an absolute apology because this game was taken away from us today."