What was supposed to be a great night of American soccer hasn't been too pretty. First, the start of match was delayed by lightning. Then, the first half happened.
It was filled with injuries, complaining to the referee and little competent, attractive soccer playing. Hard tackles and bad giveaways led the way as Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw in the first 45 minutes.
Each team had one chance of note, with Sporting getting first crack. Kei Kamara let one rip from distance and it took a deflection that left Michael Gspurning in no-man's land as the ball sailed over his head, but it hit the crossbar and bounced away harmlessly.
The Sounders' only good opportunity came on a corner kick when Eddie Johnson out-jumped everyone to meet the ball, and he did well with it, heading it toward the bottom corner. It looked like a sure goal, but Jimmy Nielsen got down and made a tremendous save to deny Johnson and keep the match level.
Besides that, both teams put on a snoozefest. We will keep our fingers crossed that the second half is everything that the first half wasn't.