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Sounders Lose to Columbus for first time ever, 2-0

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by Brad Wall

SEATTLE, Wash. – For the first time ever, coach Sigi Schmid and the Sounders fell to the coach's former team the Columbus Crew 2-0 Wednesday night in Seattle.

Columbus scored on their first attempt 15 minutes in as Dilly Duka hit a cross and Justin Meram slipped past Adam Johansson to head it into the right corner of the goal to give the Crew the lead. Alvaro Fernandez headed a cross from David Estrada moments before the halftime whistle but it tailed off wide from the far post.

Fredy Montero had a couple chances early in the second half but was denied by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum. The first chance came at the 51 mark as Montero collected a cross and left-footed a shot, but Gruenebaum knocked it away for a goal kick. Montero got another opportunity four minutes later as he got up the right side of the box, but his shot was once again corralled.

At the 76 minute mark, Emilio Renteria lofted the ball from 30 yards towards the top right corner of the net, just grazing goalkeeper Bryan Meredith's outstretched hand and falling into the goal for a 2-0 Columbus lead. Montero was denied a header on a corner kick late in the game and the extra five minutes weren't enough for Seattle to make anything else happen, giving them the 2-0 loss.

The Sounders dominated the game statistically, but were unable to get anything past Gruenebaum, who made six saves. Seattle made 21 attempts on goal while Columbus had just five, they also had 11 corner kicks to the Crew's one. The Sounders had possession of the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game, executing 502 passes and 19 open play crosses.Yellow cards were given out to Duka and Carlos Mendes for Columbus and Marc Burch and Osvaldo Alonso for Seattle.

Montero had nine shots on the day, three that were on target.

The loss marks the first time Seattle has lost to Columbus as well as the first time since 2010 the Sounders have dropped two straight at Century Link Field. Seattle is now 3-1-3 versus the Crew in MLS play.

The Sounders will play seven of their next nine games away, starting that stretch by heading south to California to face Chivas USA May 26th at 7:30 p.m.

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