Sporting KC is certainly getting into quite an interesting habit, aren't they? Four out of the last five (80%) league games for Kansas City have been ones where they've been forced to make a second half comeback in order to get points from the game. It happened once again last night as Sporting Kansas City gave up a sloppy goal to New England off of a goal kick from Matt Reis which bounced over the head of SKC's defensive line right to the awaiting force of Rajko Lekic. This was just a few minutes before the referee - Terry Vaughn - blew the whistle for halftime.
Then, as the second half got underway, it was clear that Sporting would be the dominating force for the rest of the game. Chance after chance went begging for Kansas City. As the game wore on, Sporting caught what might just have been a lucky break. In the 82nd minute, A.J. Soares took down an onrushing CJ Sapong. Some may argue that the New England defender tackled ball - not all player. The resulting free kick was not converted by Sporting, but because the Revs were then down to 10 men the Kansas City attack laid down the pressure even more. Everything paid of for SKC in the 89th minute when the ball bounced around awkwardly in the Revolution box. Teal Bunbury was the first to react, and he slotted the ball smoothly into the far corner of the goal. Rightly so, Teal went the the corner flag and shook his head uncontrollably, celebrating that they had tied the game up and the fact that it was Teal Bunbury bobble head night.
Overall, I honestly wasn't very pleased with the team tonight. Leaving games late won't always work; one game they'll regret it - especially if it affects the team's playoff hopes.
I thought that the defense looked a bit shaky with Besler and Cyrus paired together. And no, this doesn't mean that I don't think Cyrus has a future; I think he has a very bright future. It's just that he's very young and he's going to need some time to grow as a player.
I think the midfield - which included Julio Cesar, Roger Espinoza, and Jeferson - took control of the game and denied access to the middle of the field for the Revs very well.
The forward line - which consisted of Zusi, Sapong, and Kamara - certainly held a high energy level the whole game, which put a lot of pressure on New England's back line. When Omar Bravo came in it was clear just how much of an impact he has on this team.
Looking forward, Sporting Kansas City has several hard games in a quick stretch coming up. Their defense is going to have to be more solid, their offense more potent. If they want to make the playoffs, or even get a good spot in the playoffs, they're going to have to step it up.