|Columbus were frustrated, as Sporting Kansas City left Crew Stadium with a 2-0 victory | Photo Courtesy of Jamie Sabau|
1. 'Clinical' is the word I'd use to describe Sporting's performance. Usually, Sporting KC is a team that dominates for ninety minutes, controls possession, and unleashes an unfathomable amount of shots - but the finishing of chances is lacking. Against Columbus, however, Sporting didn't exactly dominate, but took advantage of the chances that were created. Several fans and bloggers have hounded the team on finishing. The finishing at Crew Stadium was spot on - something that's very good to see.
2.Peterson Joseph offered us a glimpse of his wizardry on the ball. With a deft and tricky pass played through the Columbus defense, Peterson Joseph set up Jacob Peterson, who finished with composure. The way Joseph picked up his head and found Jacob Peterson with such ease - thus making it a Jacob Peterson Joseph combination - is something that has been lacking from Sporting's play. I'm as big of a fan of Zusi as anyone, but he doesn't quite have the vision that Haitian Xavi has. Zusi and Joseph play in similar parts of the field, yet are completely different players; Zusi is more naturally a box-to-box midfielder, while Joseph feels more comfortable (from what I've seen) in a free, creative role in the midfield. I'd like for both of them to be starters, but I'm not quite sure it will ever work out, which is unfortunate.
3. Teal Bunbury is so swaggy. Sorry, I had to. Without a clue of what to put as my third point, I searched my mind for something write about. Alas, my best idea was to ridicule Teal Bunbury - something that fans have become quite good at. His performance as a second half sub against the Crew was very good - with his cool, calm and collected finish - so I figured it might not be such a bad idea to poke fun at some of his tweets. Lately, I've noticed him overusing a certain "hashtag" on Twitter: #Swaggy. Just the word 'swag' is already overused. Now, 'swag' used in an even more annoying fashion in almost all of Teal's tweets? Pure awesomeness. Right? No. All joking aside, I do quite enjoy reading some tweets from Sporting KC players. If you don't have a Twitter, reading their tweets is a good enough reason to make one. You can also follow me on Twitter here.
MAN OF THE MATCH. This was a tough decision for me. It was a solid effort from the entire team, so it was hard to choose just one individual. In the end, I decided to give the honors to Kei Kamara for his constant work ethic, as well as his great assist on Bunbury's goal.
LOOKING AHEAD. Staying on the road, Sporting KC travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo this Wednesday at the newly-constructed BBVA Compass Stadium. Last time these teams met, the game ended 0-0. From a viewing standpoint, I hope there's goals in this meeting. Sporting have looked sharper as of late, and some starters were rested in Columbus. The Dynamo are always a tough challenge, though. I think we'll see a 1-1 draw, with our goal from Kei Kamara. Make sure to check out our video blogging series on YouTube, The Distributor, because Sydney and Mackenzie will be reporting from BBVA Compass Stadium prior to the match.
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Thoughts on the match? Have any predictions for this Wednesday's game in Houston? I'd appreciate it if you'd comment below! Thanks for reading!