Sporting Kansas City falls to D.C. United 1-0 despite rain delay at Children’s Mercy Park.
Sporting Kansas City falls to D.C. United 1-0 in a devastating second straight loss on a rainy night at Children’s Mercy Park. Alhaji Kamara scored the lone goal in less than a minute into his MLS debut in the 86th minute.
It was a game that was marred by rain and huge rain delays before and during the game.
With the absence of Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Soni Mustivar, Roger Espinoza and Nuno Coelho, and a roster full of reserves, Sporting KC came out with a strong start, creating multiple scoring opportunities.
Their first scoring opportunity came when Jimmy Medranda slid one to Dom Dwyer who missed wide. Moments later, MLS Veteran Brad Davis would send a free kick towards Ike Opara who was out of reach and both watched the attempt slide by. D.C. United claimed a chance when Marcelo Sarvas played to Nick DeLeon but saw it knocked out by Opara. Throughout the first half, several plays were being knocked out by the strong defense. Even the SkyCam survived a hard knock to the lens!
In the last 15 minutes, Sporting KC maintained strong possession. Their strong defense would win the team two back-to-back corners but they watched both attempts be cleared by Bill Hamid. Olum’s volley above the crossbar would send both teams into the half scoreless.
A second weather delay due to inclement weather, delayed the start of the second half. However, shortly after the restart, the heavy rain started up again but it did not slow things down, as both sides continued to run the ball looking for the tie-breaker. D.C. United’s Alhaji Kamara opened the scoring sheet when he sent one past Tim Melia in the 86th minute.
Another scoring opportunity came moments later, when Kevin Ellis shot one at close range but saw his attempt fall into Hamid’s outstretched hand. Sporting KC’s final attempt came when Benny Feilhaber’s corner kick found Jacob Peterson, who directed a header wide of the goal in stoppage time, handing Sporting KC their straight loss as they fell to D.C. United 1-0.
“Again, I can’t say the effort wasn’t there. We didn’t do enough to win the game […] and more importantly we gave up a silly goal” Peter Vermes stated during a post-game interview.
Next up, Sporting KC will return to the road at the StubHub Center when they face LA Galaxy on Thursday, June 2nd at 9:30 p.m. CT.