Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sporting Throw Away Their Best Chance For Silverware

I've seen some bad Wizards/Sporting KC performances. June 14, 2008 comes to mind. If that date doesn't ring a bell, it was a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew at CAB and they looked relatively putrid.

I'm not saying this game was that bad, but it wasn't great. As Peter Vermes said in the postgame press conference, they weren't hard enough to play against defensively. They gave the ball away too easily, were susceptible to the counter attack and just didn't play well at all.

When he was asked about Dom Dwyer's goal, being his third in three games in all competitions, Vermes said he didn't really care about the goal. It was the result that mattered. Dwyer said pretty much the same thing in the locker room. He said he wasn't really thinking about the goal, considering the way the match played out.

While this team gets a chance at immediate payback in Portland three days from now, I'm not sure they can get it. While they have the talent, I'm not sure they have the urgency. While part of me is kind of greedy for the USMNT to play as long as they can in the World Cup, this team needs Matt Besler and Graham Zusi back as soon as possible.

The next game I'm even concerned about is the next home game against Chicago on July 6. It's a holiday weekend and kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 in the afternoon. If that doesn't give this team some urgency, I don't know what will.

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