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Sporting KC’s playoffs hopes dashed in 3-2 loss at home; have chance at redemption wednesday

Official Sporting KC Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

To say this season has been stressful for Sporting Kansas City is an understatement. The club has yet see the top of standings; do they still have a chance to make the playoffs?

Maybe, but not likely.

Sporting KC suffered yet another devastating lost at Children’s Mercy Park at the hands of two former players, falling to the Colorado Rapids 3-2; dashing SKC’s playoffs hopes.

Hopes seemed high for the home side as they kicked off the match with Gerso scoring an early goal in the 3rd minute.

But things turned sour fast.

Matt Besler received two cautions resulting in a red card in the first twenty minutes and was ejected from the match. The captain’s ejection was the third of his career and arguably his quickest thus far.

Down a man, Sporting KC carried on to double their score with Roger Espinoza now donning the captain’s armband.

Johnny Russell created a scoring opportunity in the 13th minute when he passed a through ball to Krisztian Nemeth inside the box. But Nemeth’s right footed shot from the centre of the box was blocked.

Nemeth doubled Sporting KC’s lead after forcing the ball past Clint Irwin a minute later. However, the goal was later recorded as an own goal by Tommy Smith.

Kei Kamara’s bicycle kick put the Rapids on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute pushing the game to 2-1 into the half.

The Rapids continued to dominate possession, even though SKC remained dangerous on the counter attack. But the home side was again thwarted by a former player.

Diego Rubio found the equalizer in the 76th minute following a sequence ignited by Sam Nicholson’s powerful cross into a crowded box. The ball fell to the feet of Smith, and although Ilie was there to block the initial attempt, Smith tapped the ball to Rubio who blasted the strike over Tim Melia’s head into the roof of the net.

Smith smashed home the header off Jack Price’s corner kick in the 85th minute to complete the visitors’ comeback, giving SKC their third-straight heartbreaking loss.

Thanks to two draws from the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas over the weekend, Sporting KC’s playoff hopes continues to hang by a thread. Sitting in eleventh place with 37 points, the club faces two scenarios heading into the League’s midweek fixtures:

  • Sporting KC will be eliminated if they lose or tie
  • Sporting KC win. But will be eliminated with a win from Portland and FC Dallas

And facing Minnesota United at Allianz Field will be no easy task.

It is important to note that Graham Smith was seen warming up on the sidelines for a significant amount of time following Besler’s ejection. But he was never called into action. With Besler gone for the next game – maybe he will appear in the starting XI.

Furthermore, the club officially announced this morning that it has mutually agreed to part ways with midfielder Yohan Croizet, a player who has been an integral part of the roster.

So will Sporting KC make the playoffs? Stranger things have happened so I wouldn’t rule it out just yet. But it’s tough to be positive these days.

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Sporting KC’s winning streak comes to an end in 2-0 loss

Official Sporting KC Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

A revived Sporting Kansas City proved they have what it takes, despite snapping their first two-game winning streak in a 2-0 loss against FC Dallas on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

On a smothering 98 degree evening, missing Ilie due to yellow card accumulation – a full strength roster kicked off strong with Gerso Fernandes, Gianluca Busio, Yohan Croizet, and Seth Sinovic constantly attacking Dallas’ side but could not capitalize on any chances.

Dallas would capitalize on a costly Sporting giveaway shortly thereafter, as Michael Barrios intercepted a stray back pass and squared low for Dominique Badji who got the opening goal in the 37th minute.

The hosts threatened near the half-hour mark when Graham Zusi whipped a teasing free kick into a crowded penalty area, but Seth Sinovic’s snap header skipped wide of the target.

Shortly after Croziet received a yellow after catching Ziegler from behind and a short hydration break; Felipe Gutierrez spread it right to Johnny Russell, whose low drive was blocked behind for a corner kick. The Scottish foward’s ensuing corner kick was nodded wide by a leaping Barath.

Like his teammate, Gutierrez picked up a caution in the 43th minute and will miss the match next Friday due to yellow card accumulation.

Dallas moved forward to double the lead, but Tim Melia punched away Santiago Mosquera’s strike leading the game into the half.

Shortly after the restart, Croziet’s right footed shot from outside the box went high and wide to the left; before he was substituted out for Krisztian Nemeth in the 55th minute.

Two minutes later, Mosquera sent a through ball to 18-year-old Jesus Ferreira who moved around Matt Belser and Botond Barath, then slotted past Melia at close range to double the advantage for the visitors in the 57th minute.

Now trailing by two – the home side got a much needed boost of energy when Roger Espinoza entered to a standing ovation in the 65th minute. This marked his first match since April 14th, having missed the last three months due to a knee injury.

Less than a minute after his introduction, Zusi’s service inside the box to the far post was headed just wide and into the side netting by Sinovic.

Daniel Salloi and Krisztian Nemeth both threatened to put Sporting KC on the scoresheet. But Salloi’s drive was blocked behind for a corner kick and Nemeth’s effort was tipped over the bar by Jesse Gonzalez – ending the match in a devastating loss.

For all their possession, Sporting KC failed to register a shot on target until the 88th minute, with 10 off target and six blocked. And they still remain in 10th place with 25 points.

In hindsight, the result is a bump in the road for the home team that is finally finding their footing again and getting players back from the injury list at the right time. The only question that remains is: what will it take to get back above the line?

Sporting KC will have a chance to bounce back when the club visits New York City FC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Friday, July 26.

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