The Sounders had even more injuries affecting what would be their ideal starting line up than they had last week. Tonight saw the first starting opportunities this season for Christian Sivebaek and Servando Carrasco, both playing in the midfield. The Sounders started fairly strong, especially Sivebaek, who looked to be an unstoppable force tearing down the right side of the field. However, the San Jose Earthquakes looked to be the more threatening side and more likely to get on the score sheet first until the visitors were awarded a questionable penalty kick in the 24th minute. The PK was due to defender Marc Burch bumping into Steven Lenhart as Lenhart backed into him, sending the earthquake forward flying to the ground. This challenge did not look nearly as dangerous as one made by defender John Kennedy Hurtado made on Lenhart only a couple of minutes earlier. Referee Mark Kandlecik is evidently known for giving penalty kicks and red cards, showing this referee prefers to try to determine who wins the game rather than ref it. After the penalty kick was scored by star Earthquake Chris Wondolowski, the home players were lucky not to concede a 2nd goal, as their play was horrible for the remainder of the 1st half. Seattle came out in the 2nd half looking much stronger. As the game progressed into the final third the Sounders were clearly struggling without captain Mauro Rosales and their uninjured stars were not producing anything either. The only Sounder looking decent and full of effort was David Estrada, more than doubling the work rate of his striking partner, Fredy Montero. Like any team that is down by a goal at home with only a few minutes left, the Sounders had a decent push towards the end but were unable to equalize, falling 1-0 and disappointing all of their fans in attendance at Century Link Field.