Seattle couldn’t crack 10-man Columbus and settled for a 0-0 tie with the Crew at Century Link Field on Saturday.
The visiting Crew (4-3-3) played down a man for 75 minutes after a video review found midfielder Pedro Santos guilty of a serious foul on Alex Roldan. Santos’ high kick struck Roldan in the face after his follow-through on a shot.
Referee Hilario Grajeda initially called a foul on Santos before making a quick decision for the red card after watching the replay on a monitor.
The offensive woes continued for the Sounders (1-4-2), who have scored five goals this season.
Seattle registered its lone shot on goal in the 73rd minute when Clint Dempsey took a pass from Will Bruin 7 yards in front of the goal, but Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen made the save at the near post.
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei didn’t see a shot from the Crew in the second half until a long attempt from Hector Jimenez in the 86th minute. Frei had two saves in the match.
Columbus had the better chances in the first half after going down a man. Gyasi Zardes twice broke through on counter attacks but couldn’t put shots on the frame, and in the 36th minute he laid the ball to Milton Valenzuela only to see the defender shoot over the crossbar from 5 yards.
The Sounders played with an advantage for the first time this season. The Sounders have lost all three games this season when receiving a red card.
Seattle announced before the match that playmaking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro would be unavailable due to an undisclosed injury.
Wednesday, the Crew host Philadelphia and Seattle plays at Toronto in a rematch of the 2017 MLS Cup won on penalty kicks by Toronto on its home field.
—Field Level Media