Been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks, and for that I'd like to apologize. Real life seems to have a way of creeping into places it's not wanted.
I didn't really say anything about the game against Columbus if only because what could you really say about that game that didn't involve the words "horrible", "dreadful", "crap" and other words of the four-letter variety? The play was horrific, the officiating was dreadful and the conditions were crap. If you want to get someone to watch MLS games, that game would be the absolute last one you'd want to show them. The Dallas-KC game from 2009 (which turned out to be the last of Curt Onalfo's tenure as head coach in Kansas City) would be a better one to show if only because there were six goals involved, not just one (which was offside, anyway).
Next up for Sporting KC is the New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Coach Peter Vermes said during the team's weekly press conference today that with the additions of forward Rajko Lekic and US international Benny Feilhaber that he isn't exactly sure what to expect from the Revolution on Saturday.Vermes also said that he did try to acquire Feilhaber for Sporting KC, but did not really say how close he came to getting him. He said it was just a matter of trying to get a deal done and just not being able to. Vermes said that from what information he has, Feilhaber is fit and Vermes expects him to be thrown right into the starting lineup. As for Sporting KC, Vermes said that Ryan Smith will probably see minutes this weekend in his first action since the end of last season. Smith is coming back from an injury and will not start but may see time off the bench. New signing (although he'd been training with the team for months) French defender Aurélien Collin's international transfer card has arrived and he is also eligible for selection this weekend.
On a lighter note, many of you may have seen or heard about what happened when Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey. Defender Sergio Ramos dropped the trophy off the front of the bus the team was riding in to celebrate ending the 18-year drought for winning the cup. The trophy was then crushed by the team's bus. Thad (The Backpost) and I (mostly Thad) asked some Sporting KC players and coaches who would be most likely to drop the MLS Cup if Sporting KC were to win it this season. A couple of people said midfielder/defender Roger Espinoza, a couple more said rookie Kevin Ellis, but most people we asked said rookie forward CJ Sapong, including (surprisingly enough) CJ. He said he'd probably be really excited and just drop it. The only sad note was goalkeepers coach John Pascarella told Thad that it would probably be one of the goalkeepers that dropped it. It's sad because the keepers get to use their hands during a game.
That's all for now. See you soon.
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