Fernandes hat-trick lifts KC over Seattle

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber (10) gains the control of the ball away from Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (10) during an MLS soccer match Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan.

Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer orchestrated a starting lineup without United States men's national team forward Clint Dempsey (rest), captain Osvaldo Alonso (quadriceps injury) and defender Joevin Jones (suspension).

Fernandes, a 5-8 forward from Guinea-Bissau, scored in the 56th minute after a corner kick rebounded to his feet, and he beat the oncoming rush from Christian Roldan and Jordan Morris with a wormburner inside the near post. Two minutes later, Fernandes one-touched a shot off the post and he put it home after blocking a clearance attempt. Well, with one exception - in six seasons, he had never scored more than five goals, prompting a wave doubt if Sporting KC had really done enough to infuse a stale attack.

On Wednesday, another offseason signing, Gerso, had all three goals - the first SKC hat trick in seven years - in a 3-0 win over Seattle.

"I think it's quite a few things".

According to the Kansas City Star, Fernandes said of the improved effort after halftime: "Basically Peter had to scream at us in the locker room".

Oneil Fisher started at left back in his first appearance since April 14, missing the previous four games with a hamstring strain.

He stepped into traffic to break a scoreless tie.

Despite their history, the Sounders are 7-4-3 all time against Sporting KC, including a 4-2-1 record on the road. And he awaited a ideal pass from defender Graham Zusi for his third.

Due to the proximity of teams and the logistics of scheduling, MNUFC and Sporting KC seem destined to be paired up often in this tournament over the coming years.

Seattle is the defending MLS champion, and the path to the cup last winter began with a controversial 1-0 victory against Sporting KC, a match in which Sporting KC felt it was on the wrong end of multiple referee's calls that affected the outcome. It was effective, too. SKC didn't attempt a shot in the first.

The Sounders will try to end their losing streak when they host Real Salt Lake at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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