Saturday, April 5, 2014

Life's Not Fair

Whoever said life was fair surely didn't watch Sporting Kansas City play Real Salt Lake tonight in a rematch of the 2013 MLS Cup final.

If life was fair, Sporting KC would have scored at least three goals. They should have had at least two, but one was cleared off the line in the first half and Jeff Attinella made a spectacular save to deny Benny Feilhaber a Goal of the Week nomination. In fact, if Attinella does not get Save of the Week, there's something wrong with the whole process.

Sporting KC out-shot RSL 20-5, with nine of their efforts actually on frame. Attinella saved eight of those, the other having been cleared off the line by Nat Borchers.

There seems to be something about the visiting team's locker room that turns the opposing goalkeeper into Superman. This is just the latest example. But as Peter Vermes said in the postgame press conference, teams have to bring their "A game" to come play this club.

RSL also wasn't able to take advantage of an 83rd minute red card to Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rossell. Sporting KC's possession percentage dropped, but they still managed to keep more than half of the ball. One factor in that would be Sporting KC's passing accuracy, 82.3 percent in the second half.

Sporting KC played well, despite what some fans seem to think, one even saying Graham Zusi's been poor all season. Really? He was voted Player of the Week for his performance against Colorado, with a goal and two assists. Some people are just dumb and I can't help that.

The club has next weekend off before returning to Sporting Park to play the Montreal Impact on April 19th at 7:30 p.m.

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