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Sporting KC has rediscovered the art of scoring

Sporting KC forward Willy Agada celebrates a goal against Portland Timbers at Children's Mercy Park on August 21, 2022.
Sporting KC forward Willy Agada celebrates a goal against Portland Timbers at Children's Mercy Park on August 21, 2022. / Kyle Rivas/GettyImages
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Finally, some good things are happening for Sporting KC.

The worst offensive team in the Western Conference is now the hottest offensive team in the conference.

After getting shutout in three consecutive matches, SKC has been on a tear the last three times out.
That tear has resulted in 12 goals from the past four games, winning three of those four games.

It started on August 6 with a 4-2 win over the LA Galaxy. After suffering a 4-3 defeat on the road in Austin, SKC returned home for a 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers on August 21.

During that span, summer signing Willy Agada has reenergized the squad with five goals.

The other summer arrival, Erik Thommy, hasn't been bad either. The German has two goals and has been dynamic in the attack, something that SKC has been needing the entire season.

"If you look at the two guys that we added in the summertime, it was the two positions that we have two guys that are out at the moment. Hopefully for the future, it also makes us incredibly strong going forward."

Peter Vermes, Sporting KC manager
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Erik Thommy (26) reacts after scoring against the LA Galaxy on August 6, 2022.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Erik Thommy (26) reacts after scoring against the LA Galaxy on August 6, 2022. / Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The summer signings have been real difference makers. Agada has managed to score and do some real meaningful work at the center forward position. The Nigerian has been a much-needed improvement in holding the ball, as exemplified by his assist to Thommy.

Thommy has provided a good link and driving force in the attack. The 28-year-old has added quality to the midfield and has been abe to draw defenders out of position and open up space elsewhere.

Between the two summer signings, it will be interesting to see how next season goes. SKC could easily be back to the top of the West if they figure out the defensive issues.

The defensive struggles haven't been solved.

In the middle of this great goalscoring run, SKC surrendered a two-goal lead against Austin FC. The game ended with a 4-3 loss.

Sunday's win over the Timbers brought the best out of goalkeeper John Pulskamp, who came up with some terrific saves to keep Portland off the scoresheet until the 87th minute.


Between the two summer signings, it will be interesting to see how next season goes with the expected return of Gadi Kinda and Alan Pulido. It certainly looks like SKC will have two quality center forwards an two dynamic attacking midfielders.

SKC could easily be back towards the top of the West if they figure out the defensive issues.

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