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SEATTLE -- Once the scrum subsided, a visitor made his way over to Chad Barrett in the Seattle locker room after an introduction that could not have been more dramatic for the home side. "That," Sounders majority owner Joe Roth joked, "is why we brought you here." Barrett scored off a wild scramble in the penalty area in the final moments of second half-stoppage time to give Seattle 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 Dempseys header clanged off the crossbar and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was caught out of his net. "When I scored I couldnt even hear myself scream," Barrett said. "Im pretty sure I was screaming or I was going through puberty. One of the two." The goal was a stunning conclusion after it appeared Kansas City would be happy to open its title defence getting out of Seattle with a draw. Barretts goal started with a strong crossing pass by substitute Sean Okoli, but the play itself started after Graham Zusi committed a turnover in the midfield. Kronberg came out of the net to try and punch Okolis cross and the deflection allowed Dempsey a clear header. Dempseys attempt hit the crossbar but he was able to keep the play alive and get his toe on the loose ball. He was trying for a scissor-kick shot on goal, but it trickled forward far enough that Barrett was able to finish off the game winner. "For 90 plus minutes, we were excellent. We were very hard to break down and had a couple chances of our own," Zusi said. "A stupid mistake by me in the 93rd minute, and we got punished. Thats something that cant happen." 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. He was credited with an assist, his second since joining the Sounders. "Getting a goal in injury time does show that youre fighting to the end. But it is a long season," Dempsey said. It was the first match played with replacement officials after Major League Soccers referees and other on-field officials were locked out Friday. There appeared to be no egregious issues with referee Alan Kelly, other than the large number of fouls called. Kansas City was called for 25 fouls and Seattle 15. Both goalkeepers made their debuts as the No. 1 options for their clubs. For Kansas City, Kronbergs first match as the successor to long-time starter Jimmy Nielsen was a success for the first 93 minutes. He was peppered by chances throughout by Seattle and denied each one until the end. It was the first time in 90 matches someone other than Nielsen started in goal for Kansas City. "It was a lot of excitement for sure -- some nerves and stuff, but once you get out on the field its like every other day," Kronberg said. Stefan Frei wasnt challenged as much in Seattles goal, but came up with the shutout. Dempseys minutes were slightly surprising given his recent schedule. After playing against Ukraine, Dempsey travelled all day Thursday and trained with the Sounders on Friday. It was his first training with the Sounders since the end of last season after spending the winter on loan with English Premier League club Fulham. "With all the travel and stuff, getting in on Thursday, we wanted to be a little bit smarter because of the history of myself and some of the other players can pick up injuries if you push too hard, too quickly after long travel," Dempsey said. Auston Matthews Jersey Online. 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Playing in his fourth major league game, Polanco broke a tie in the 13th inning with his first homer, helping Pittsburgh to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins after the Pirates had a ninth-inning meltdown.Michael van Gerwen could end the week level on 20 points at the summit of Premier League Darts alongside Phil Taylor. Sky Live: PL Darts Everything you need to know before Bournemouth Second-placed Van Gerwen currently has 16 but two matches on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD at 7pm, means he could catch Taylor if The Power is turned off.But will he? Wayne Mardle puts his thinking cap on... Michael van Gerwen v Peter WrightLike most weeks I dont think Van Gerwen will lose - but hes having trouble winning! Hes won one of his last five. Theres no structure to whats happening, hes playing well but not winning. Remember when MVG hit a nine-darter in front of Freddie Flintoff? One of the players who has done that for the duration of the Premier League is Wright - he plays well but somehow gets beaten or he draws. I feel for him, because hes played well.But if Wright continues to change his darts with the regularity that he has done, hell find himself out of form and not know where to turn.Prediction: Lets not beat around the bush, Van Gerwen is a better player. I do think he will win. (Sky Bet Odds: MVG 1/3 to win)Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian LewisBarney doesnt always play well against Lewis. This is horses for courses, I just think Lewis to play Van Barneveld. Last weeks nine-darter from Adrian Lewis I can see Barney playing well but, now he cant qualify, he lacks that edge. Last week he played a drab affair in a way that told me hes had enough of the Premier League this season.Prediction: Adrian beats Barney quite cosily, 7-3 or 7-4. (Sky Bet Odds: Lewis 5/1 to win 7-3)Gary Anderson v James WadeYou cant afford to lose anyone below you in the league. They can go above you and drag you down. If you start losing to those below you regularly, you get dragged into the pack. Reaction from Micahel van Gerwen and Gary Anderson after their thrilling draw Andersons performance against Van Gerwen last week was a massive plus, it was nearly faultless.dddddddddddd He hit a 119 finish under pressure, and averaged 108 to draw with Van GerwenPrediction: I like the way James is playing but I think Gary wins. James lacks the consistent ability to go 140, 140, game shot. (Sky Bet Odds: Anderson 4/7 to win)Phil Taylor v Robert ThorntonI love Robert to bits, I love that he tries 100 percent. He doesnt just play for the prize money - lets be honest, hell finish seventh or eighth but he annihilated Wright last week. Watch Phil Taylors winning leg against Barney But Taylor is showing a consistently brilliant form. He reads the game, and his opponent. He pulls out the right shot, at the right time.Prediction: Phil has got too much for Thornton - hell win 7-3. (Sky Bet Odds: Taylor 9/2 to win 7-3)Michael van Gerwen v Adrian LewisAfter last weeks nine-darter, can Adrian play that well again? It wasnt just the nine-darter, he played beautifully well. Relive some classic encounters between Michael van Gerwen and Jackpot Adrian had a dart to go 5-1 up last week but missed, and folded for 10 minutes. If he has a spell like that again Van Gerwen, he wont get away with it.Prediction: Adrian will play well but, at the moment, he isnt consistently a match for Van Gerwen. (Sky Bet Odds: MVG 8/15 to win)Watch Premier League Darts on Thursday at 7pm on Sky Sports 2 HD. Also See: Fixtures/Results On Sky TV Prem Table Darts betting Get Sky Sports Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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