Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mission (Un)Accomplished: Sporting KC Falls to Rapids 2-0.

Thoughts from tonight's 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids. They reflect the opinions of no one but myself (and maybe not even that if I get drunk enough).


Normally, when you go up a man in soccer, you get more chances to score. That's normally.

Unfortunately for Sporting KC, that's not what happened in the second half tonight at Sporting Park. Already trailing 1-0 in the 84th minute, an opportunity presented itself to the home side when Rapids captain Sam Cronin received his second caution of the match and was sent off. You would think that would provide the home side a boost.

That is what you get for thinking. Approximately two minutes after Cronin was sent off (but only a minute after his slow walk reached the sideline), second half sub Marcelo Sarvas put the ball in the back of the net and doubled the Rapids lead. Sporting was up a man, but they certainly weren't playing like it.


As was pointed out on Twitter during (or just before) the match tonight, despite the conference switch, Rapids keeper Zac MacMath was the fourth Union keeper (or former keeper) Sporting had faced this season.  Rais Mbolhi, Andrew Blake, and John McCarthy were the other three. Mbolhi was the keeper who gave up the two late goals against Sporting in KC in April. Blake and McCarthy played for the Union in the U.S. Open Cup Final.


It is still possible for Sporting KC to get a first round bye in the playoffs, but it is, as they might say in England, not bloody likely.

What would be required, you ask? They would have to beat the Galaxy on Sunday. How badly? They'd have to win 5-0, the same score they lost to San Jose in August.

If they tie, they can still make the playoffs if San Jose ties or loses. If they lose, they have to hope San Jose loses at Dallas.

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