Sporting KC Continue the Slide against the Rapids

Sporting KC find a way to lose yet again as the win less streak climbs to seven freaking games.

Lots of things have gone wrong on this streak that includes five losses and just two draws. Sporting Kansas City mainly aren’t scoring goals. That is a problem.

That problem continued tonight, but we somewhat expected that. The Colorado Rapids now have four shutouts at home and have only conceded two goals. Tonight they needed some help to get things done. The game turned on its head in the 76th minute when Ike Opara was given his second yellow card of the night. The first was correct but the second seems like an awful call. You be the judge:

On the subsequent set piece, Dillon Serna would score the game winning goal with Sporting KC down a man. Despite being down a man, Sporting would control the final fifteen minutes of the game (and most of the stoppage time) but they would fail to find an equalizer.

Sporting would enjoy a pretty strong first half, despite not being able to put a goal away. That said, disaster almost struck when Tim Melia passes to Opara who was in a jam instead of clearing the ball. Making matters worse Opara would then try to clear the ball through the center of the pitch instead of up the sideline. Sam Cronin almost made them all pay.

In the 34th minute Dom Dwyer had a great chance on goal on a ball sent in by Seth Sinovic. Unfortunately his header was just over the bar and Sporting would remain scoreless.

One bright spot in this game and all season was Roger Espinoza. He was all over the field making tackles, steals and even taking the occasional shot. Our writer Mitch Egan captured some great gifs of that action.

The second half was pretty brutal to watch. Sporting KC didn’t get a shot off until the final few minutes and Colorado generally took control of the game. It’s a recipe that has been repeated over and over with Sporting dominating the first half only to fade. Maybe it’s the high press wearing down all the players. Maybe they just get discouraged when nothing goes their way.

Notable absences in this match were Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Chance Myers and Benny Feilhaber. Apparently Zusi was injured, Besler was resting and Myers and Feilhaber were held out at Peter Vermes’ discretion, which I read as they were the players he was referring to as lacking hustle.

Sporting have played a lot of games recently, so all those guys probably need rest. That said, you can’t win with your best players on the bench.

SKC won’t have much time to sulk as they return to Kansas City to face former USL affiliate, Orlando City SC. We’ll have more on that game as it approaches. Until then I will be sulking.

I wonder what Krisztian Nemeth is up to? Sporting KC can really use some goals.