ST: Justin Meram knocks in a shot over a crowd in front of the Sounders goal, and Columbus gets a 2-1 win.
Seattle played the final 30 minutes shorthanded after a straight red to Djimi Traore.
Sounders fall to 2-2. Crew off to its first 3-0 start.
Attendance: 38,469.59' Federico Higuain hits the PK, and we're even at 1-1. Sounders playing a man down.
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58' Djimi Traore fouls Dominic Oduro in front of the Sounders goal. PK awarded, and Traore sent off.
Second half: Has just begun. No substitutions.
Halftime: Sounders 1-0. Shots 7-7; on target 4-1 SEA; corners 4-3 SEA; possession 57 COL.
23' GOAL Sounders. Kenny Cooper on a break and looking absolutely like a guy who's scored a goal or two before. Great patience, then buries it. Seattle, 1-0.
First kick: Has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Crew in white/white. Rainy and windy. Fair number of empty seats.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Frei; D Yedlin, Traore, Marshall, Remick; M Alonso, Azira, Pineda, Cooper; F Neagle, Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Gonzalez, Anibaba, Barrett, Okoli, Weaver, Pappa.
First career start for Azira. We are told Andy Rose is out with hamstring tightness. Brad Evans' calf apparently not ready yet.
For Columbus: Clark; Williams, Gonzalez, Parkhurst ©, Francis; Jimenez, Trapp, Tchani, Anor; Higuaín, Oduro. Reserves: Lampson, Barson, Wahl, Viana, Finlay, Meram, Arrieta.
Pregame: It's cloudy and occasionally drizzly at CenturyLink Field about two hours before the first kick of the Sounders' match against the 2-0-0 Columbus Crew.
First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game can be seen on Channel 13 and heard on the usual radio outlets. This blog also will be updated through the night, and there will be more notes and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt. A few game notes:A Sounders win would match club’s best four-game start
Seattle leads series 5-1-3
In this series, Seattle has outscored Columbus 11-3 in first halves
Two of Seattle’s four all-time hat tricks have come vs. the Crew (Nkufo, 2010; Neagle, 2011)
Columbus looking for first 2-0 road start since 2003 and first back-to-back road wins since 2010.