Sounders lose ‘ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly’ match

McClatchy news servicesJuly 14, 2013 

Seattle Sounders FC lost a game and four players Saturday.

The scoreboard showed a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Sounders also lost midfielder Brad Evans, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and defender Djimi Traore to injury. In the closing seconds of stoppage time, Seattle then lost defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to a red card, capping what had been the kind of chippy and heated game typical when these two sides meet.

“That was an ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly game of soccer,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “… You can’t create chances when a team kicks you and doesn’t want to play soccer.”

The injury to Gspurning came in the 18th minute, when he grabbed an Alan Gordon header and went to the ground, where he seemed to be kicked by San Jose’s Steven Lenhart going in for a rebound.

Gspurning was tended the training staff, had his left wrist taped, and stayed for the rest of the half.

However, in the second half he was replaced by Andrew Weber, who had been acquired on loan from third-division Phoenix just two days earlier. The deal became necessary after injuries to regular No. 2 keeper Marcus Hahnemann and No. 3 Josh Ford.

About two minutes after putting on the gloves, Weber was greeted with San Jose’s top offensive play of the night as Walter Martinez took the ball into the left side of the penalty area, created some space with a fake on defenseman DeAndre Yedlin, cut inside and fired to the far post for what turned out to be the winner.

The Sounders’ best chance to equalize came in the 83rd minute, when Eddie Johnson sent a header on goal, but it was hit directly at San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch, who handled what was his only save of the night.

A few minutes later, San Jose (6-9-6) had its second shutout of the season.

A total of 35 fouls were called during the game, and seven cards were issued. The final was a straight red shown to Alonso for what referee Sorin Stoica called “violent conduct” and “above the shoulder” contact. Alonso had missed the previous four games with a quad injury, and now the ejection will make Alonso ineligible Saturday when Seattle (7-7-3) returns home against the Colorado Rapids.

The rib injury to Evans came in the 32nd minute and shortened what was his 100th regular-season appearance. Traore’s injury was reported as a hamstring.

Seattle had begun the game already missing designated players Obafemi Martins and Shalrie Joseph due to calf injuries.

The Quakes played without leading scorer Chris Wondolowski and midfielder Marvin Chaves away on national team duty, and defender Jason Hernandez went out with a groin injury late in the first half.

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