Arnaud, Wizards stop streaking SoundersApr 12, 2009 - 6:13 AM SEATTLE (AP) -- Davy Arnaud's move to forward is making him look very good - and is making Kansas City Wizards coach Curt Onalfo look very smart.
Arnaud drilled a 35-yard shot into the back left corner of the net off backup goalkeeper Ben Dragavon in the 80th minute Saturday night as the Wizards handed the 10-man Seattle Sounders FC their first MLS defeat, 1-0.
"I've played several different positions. But I'm still playing and it was important for us to get the win," said Arnaud, who previously has been at midfield in his seven previous seasons with Kansas City. "It was a great win for us.
"It was important for us to win at home last weekend (2-0 against San Jose) in tough conditions, and we did that. We felt like (winning in Seattle) could be a statement for us."
The Sounders (3-1-0) had won their first three games, the best start of any expansion team in league history. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller was the primary reason for that, posting three shutouts.
But the former U.S. national team star was given a red card and ejected in the 29th minute for using his hands outside the penalty area to stop a shot, leaving the Sounders with 10 men for the final 61 minutes.
Kansas City (2-2-0) now has won two straight after losing its first two of the season.
Arnaud, who leads the Wizards with three goals, took a short pass from Jack Jewsbury, then launched his shot from the right side toward the far post.
"I had the ball right at my feet, and coach always encourages us to try to get something hard on target and make the goalkeeper make the save," Arnaud said.
Onalfo had no second thoughts about moving Arnaud up front. The veteran is still dealing with a neck injury that forced him to miss Kansas City's second game of the year after he scored both goals in a season-opening 3-2 loss to Toronto.
"Davy isn't even close to being 100 percent," Onalfo said. "But he's an unbelievably great competitor, he plays great in front of the goals - and he has played three games and has three goals."
Keller was shown the red card at the 28:55 mark, leaving the Sounders with 10 men for the final 61 minutes.
Kansas City's Herculez Gomez broke toward the top right corner of the box with the ball, and Keller came rushing out to meet him. Keller slid out to block the shot, but was beyond the 18-yard box when he blocked the ball with his hands, resulting in an automatic ejection.
"Kasey was trying to get his hands out of the way of the ball, but he wasn't able to," Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said. "The referee missed a number of hand balls in the first half, and that just happened to be the one he called."
Of Dragavon's play, Schmid added, "I thought Ben did well. He made a good save going to his right. Outside of that and the goal, they didn't put much on goal in the second half. We made a mistake (on Arnaud's goal) because we didn't step up on a guy who can make a shot from that far out."
The straight red card means Keller will have to sit out next Saturday's early season showdown against CD Chivas USA.
Dragavon is officially an "emergency goalkeeper," one who can be assigned to any team by the league as needed, although he does train regularly with the Sounders. He made two saves, including one on a shot by Jewsbury just three minutes before Arnaud scored.
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KANSAS CITY GOAL: Davy Arnaud in the 80th minute
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