SEATTLE (AP) - Chad Barrett scored off a wild scramble in the penalty area in the final moments of second half-stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in the Major League Soccer opener.
Seattle shocked Kansas City with a goal in stoppage time for the fifth time in the past eight matches. Barrett scored in his Sounders debut after Clint Dempsey’s header clanged off the crossbar and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was caught out of his net.
Dempsey came on in the 57th minute just a few days after playing 90 minutes for the U.S. national team in an exhibition loss to Ukraine in Cyprus.
It was the first match played with replacement officials after Major League Soccer’s referees and other on-field officials were locked out Friday.
REAL SALT LAKE 1, GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Joao Plata scored in the 80th minute, Nick Rimando stopped Robbie Keane’s penalty kick in stoppage time and Real Salt Lake opened with a victory over Los Angeles in Jeff Cassar’s head coaching debut for the Utah club.
Plata, open in the middle of the Galaxy box, scored off Kyle Beckerman’s pass four minutes after Luke Mulholland’s apparent goal was ruled offside.
Keane, the Galaxy captain, had a chance to tie the score in the 93rd minute after Tony Beltran undercut Rob Friend as he leaped for a long ball from Omar Gonzalez. Rimando, who included several spectacular stops among his nine saves, dived to his right to deny Keane at the post.
DYNAMO 4, REVOLUTION 0
HOUSTON (AP) - Will Bruin scored twice and added an assist to help Houston rout New England.
Bruin opened the scoring 1:04 into the game. Kofi Sarkodie gave Bruin a pass in the upper box, Bruin settled it and sent it inside the near post from 16 yards. The goal was the second-fastest in Houston history, behind Craig Waibel’s goal at 47 seconds against Colorado on Oct. 14, 2006.
Bruin made it 2-0 in the 13th minute, taking a cross from Corey Ashe and one-timing it into the center net from the upper right goalkeeper’s box.
Boniek Garcia scored in the 23rd minute off Bruin’s pass.
Omar Cummings completed the scoring in the 91st minute.
WHITECAPS 4, RED BULLS 1