Tim Melia needed to make just one save, but it came late in the game as Sporting Kansas City played to a 0-0 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.
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Sporting Kansas City scratched second-leading scorer
Melia picked up his second shutout in just his fourth game of the season for Kansas City (4-2-6). His only save came late in the 82nd minute on a 10-yard shot by
The Sounders played without their second-leading scorer. Forward
Seattle had the better chances of the first half, but Melia denied the Sounders on three point-blank tries. He took one ball off the head of an onrushing Barrett midway through the 21st minute, knocked away a header by Chad Marshall at the outset of the 32nd, then punched a target ball away from Barrett and Lamar Neagle halfway through the 39th.
Kansas City's best first-half opportunity came at the end of the ninth minute when a long throw-in from the attacking right side landed right on the feet of midfielder Krisztian Nemeth, the team's leading scorer with five goals. Nemeth half-volleyed it toward a wide-open right side, but Frei got there in time to pull it out of the air.
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