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In the world of sports there is something called being to gracious of a host.That term pretty much describes the state of the Seattle Sounders FC these days
Seattle Sounders FC lost it’s second home game of the season to the Columbus Crew 2-1 .

Seattle Sounders FC ( 2-2) took an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a Kenny Cooper right footed shot that beat Columbus Crew goal keeper Steven Clark.
“ We were a little dis organized in the back at times and it cost us early ,”Clark said after the game.

The much hyped game between two team’s playing good soccer lived up to it’s billing.

The first half was a wide open affair that saw both teams use the width of the field with long passes that created space in the middle of the field for both teams forwards to make runs at the defenders.

Columbus Crew’s ball possession midfield of Hector Jimenez, Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani were able to hold on to the ball for 56 % of the time to Seattle Sounders FC 37%. Despite the ball possession disparity , Seattle Sounders FC went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

Seattle midfielder Kenny Cooper and forward Obafemi Martins did there part with long passes and shots that kept Columbus Crew Goal Keeper Steve Clark busy in the first half. Seattle had four shots on target to Columbus 1.

Both teams started the second half as they finished the first.
Long penetrating passes, and wide angle runs by midfielders, and defenders

Seattle Sounders FC defense decided to be overly gracious host’s when
Seattle Sounders FC defender Djimi Traore was called for a penalty and given a red card for taking down the Crews Dominic Oduro in the 58th minute.

Crew forward Federico Higuain converted the penalty and he teams where at level terms with a score line of 1-1.“ I don’t really have any particular ritual to taking the penalty kicks, I just step up , pick a spot and shoot,” Higuain said after the game.

Columbus Crew substitute Justin Meram’s right footed shot from the left side of the goal box found the back of the net in the 94 minute and the Crew finished of the ten men Sounders 2-1.

“This is a tough place to play, we knew the game was going to be a battle, but at the same time we know if we played our game we had a chance to win,” Columbus Crew Coach Greg Berhalter said after the game.

Columbus is now 3-0 for the first time in club history. Columbus will return home to face Toront FC on Saturday April 5th. Seattle will be in Portland face the Timbers on the same day. Seattle Sounders FC have won just one of three home games this season.
Game Notes:
Attendance for the game was announced at 38,469.
Micheal Azira started his first game as a Sounder.
Possession time Columbus 62% Seattle 37%
Corners: Columbus 8 Seattle 5
Passing accuracy: Columbus 85% Seattle 78.2%