It's gone final: SKC 1, Sounders 0. Lone goal on an extremely questionable PK called on Stefan Frei. Frei and Schmid both hyper-hot coming off pitch with plenty to say to referees.
"We didn't deserve to lose today," coach Sigi Schmid said afterward. He said he also told Frei he did nothing wrong.
Seattle drops to 8-4-2 and remains two points behind DC United -- who also lost -- in the Supporters Shield race. SKC moves to 6-2-6 and within two points of the Sounders in the West.
The Sounders return home to meet FC Dallas next Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
86' Darwin Jones subs on now that Sounders need to go forward with purpose.
84' GOAL SKC. Penalty kick following extremely questionable call on Frei in the box. Feilharber puts Sporting up 1-0. Brutal.
80' Thomás -- yes Thomás -- on for Sounders debut. On for Pappa, who had a very nice, active match.
77' Still scoreless. Leo Gonzalez on for Roldan, as maybe getting a road point becomes more of a priority for Seattle.
Second half: ... has begun. No changes.
HT: Scoreless. All things considered a pretty remarkable half by the Sounders.15' Scoreless. Better chances actually to Sounders. A couple from Neagle, one from Rose.
First kick: ... has been struck. SKC in blue/blue. Sounders in white/white.
Lineup: Frei; Mears, Marshall, Scott, Remick; Azira Pineda; Roldan, Rose, Pappa; Neagle. Reserves: Perkins, Gonzalez, Lowe, Fisher, Kovar, Thomas, Jones.
Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Chad Barrett did not travel. Dempsey stayed home with his wife and new son: Clayton Daniel. Martins is recovering from nose surgery, and Barrett from a hamstring injury suffered in training this week. Osvaldo Alonso out with one-game disciplinary suspension, and Brad Evans away with U.S. national team.
Newly signed midfielder Thomas is in the 18. And midfielder Gonzalo Pineda returns to the lineup after missing time with an ankle injury.
For SKC: Melia; Anibaba, Ellis, Besler, Dia; Mallisey, Feilhaber, Mustivar, De Jong; Zusi.
Pregame: After three straight home games, the Sounders are back on the road today at Sporting Kansas City. First kick is 5:30 PT. The game will be shown on JOEtv, heard on usual radio outlets, and blogged here with additional updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
Here's our game preview story from today's paper.