Monday, July 25, 2016

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

Dom Dwyer's first goal was his 14th game winner for KC in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most game winners for KC in all competitions.

It was his 11th game winner for KC in league playing, tying him with Kei Kamara and Josh Wolff for third all time on that list.

Dwyer's two goals gave him 29 in league play for KC at home in his career, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud and Kamara for second on that list.

The two goals gave him 36 at home in all competitions, breaking his tie with Arnaud for second on that list.

Jacob Peterson's goal was the 200th in all competitions for Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park.

Roger Espinoza's assist was his 19th in league play for KC, tying him with Sasha Victorine and Digital Takawira for 12th all time on that list.

It was his 21st in all competitions for KC, tying him with Kamara and Jack Jewsbury for 10th all time on that list.

In the 59th minute, Espinoza moved past Matt McKeon and into 12th place for league minutes played for KC, he finished the game with 11,616 minutes played.

Espinoza made his 173rd appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Chance Myers for 11th all time on that list.

Graham Zusi started his 150th league game for KC, he's the 8th player to hit that mark.

Zusi made his 219th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Jack Jewsbury for 8th all time on that list.

Seth Sinovic made his 129th league appearance for KC, breaking his tie with Jimmy Nielsen for 16th all time on that list.

Sporting Top Listless Seattle

Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a slumping opponent that looks to have quit on their coach and were able to walk away with a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. From the first whistle Kansas City was on the front foot keeping the Sounders pinned back not allowing them to get forward much. Jacob Peterson almost put KC up 1-0 in just the sixth minute after running onto a deflected pass, but Stefan Frei palmed the ball away for a corner. The early pressing paid off for Kansas City in the 21st when they took a deserv3ed 1-0 lead thanks to Dom Dwyer. Dwyer got on the end of a cross by Roger Espinoza after some good passing by Kansas City through the middle of the field. Espinoza received the ball out wide and had plenty of time to take a touch and pick out the run of Dwyer who headed the ball past Frei to give KC the lead. It wasn't all good news for Kansas City in the first half though as Graham Zusi, who just returned from injury had to leave the game in just the 41st minute being replaced by Connor Hallisey. Hallisey had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 in first half stoppage time after a turn over by the Sounders off a throw in. Hallisey was played in on goal but couldn't beat Frei with the effort. KC did make it two before the break though as Saad Abdul-Salaam raced down the wing before playing the ball back to the top of the box to an unmarked Peterson who one touched a shot past Frei into the far post upper 90 to make double KC's lead right before the break.

Kansas City continued the pressure in the second half while the Sounders continued to almost sleep walk through the game, they rarely were getting forward in KC's attack and Tim Melia wasn't very busy at all in the KC net. KC had a number of chances to add to their lead as Dwyer forced a good save out of Frei in the 61st minute on a shot from distance. Then moments late Peterson set up Hallisey on the doorstep but he miss-hit his shot with only Frei to beat and pushed his effort wide. Peterson almost got a brace in the 67th but dragged an effort just wide of the post while one on one with Frei. Finally KC got their third in the 79th on a giveaway by the Sounders. After passing around in their own end a poor pass towards the middle was easily picked off by Dwyer who walked in on goal and beat Frei to make it 3-0. The Sounders defenders all seemed to quit on the hospital ball giving Dwyer the chance to go one on one with Frei. KC continued to go searching for a fourth goal to pad the lead further but were unable to. Seattle finally got their first shot in the 88th minute of the game, a slow roller that was well wide of Melia's goal.

Wizards Man of the Match - Dom Dwyer - A brace for the man linked with a move to Europe, Dwyer looked very good yesterday, was active and was really testing Frei even with the shots he didn't score.

Honorable mention: Roger Espinoza

Player Ratings: Melia 6, Abdul-Salaam 7, Opara 7, Olum 7, Medranda 8, Mustivar 7, Espinoza 8, Feilhaber 8, Peterson 8, Dwyer 9, Zusi 7. Subs Hallisey 7, Porter 5, Sinovic NR.

Sporting Have Reportedly Received an Offer for Dom Dwyer

Fresh off a two goal performance on Sunday against the Seattle Sounders, the rumor mill is turning with Dom Dwyer transfer news. Late last night it was reported by Ives Galarcep that Sporting Kansas City had received a $3 million offer for the English forward from Greek club Olympiakos. Dwyer, who scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season in the win yesterday, is the club's second all-time leading scorer with 46 league goals.

While Kansas City may find the offer appealing, I'm not sure this is a move that Kansas City could or should make. After Dwyer, the team's next leading scorer is Benny Feilhaber with five goals, three from the penalty spot. KC just doesn't have the offensive ability to think that getting rid of Dwyer right now is a smart move. Selling Dwyer would be like Kansas City throwing in the towel on the season. It'd leave Kansas City with Diego Rubio as the club's only striker and would mean his back up would be Jacob Peterson or Cameron Porter, not a lineup that is going to give hope of an MLS Cup run. And with just over a week left in the transfer window for Kansas City there's not a lot of time for them to try to add depth (or another starter) if they were to make this deal.

While Olympiakos would certainly have its appeal, they're the defending Greek champions having gone 28-1-1 last season and are in the Champions League this season I'm not sure that Dwyer would want to make the move right now either. Dwyer and his wife, Sydney Leroux had been working to be in the same city since the couple got married in January of 2015. That goal finally came true for the pair when FC Kansas City acquired Leroux in a trade with Western New York. After the work they did to try to make that happen I'm not sure the pair is going to be that willing to go through that again, unless Leroux decides not to return to playing soccer after the birth of their first child later this year. While a salary in Europe wouldn't require Leroux to need to keep playing, I think she'd want to continue to play.

In the end I think Kansas City would need a bigger offer from Olympiakos to consider this move based on the rest of their roster at this time, and Dwyer probably will give some pause based on his family situation. A move while certainly possible has some things still in its way. And if you thought there were some mad KC fans when KC transferred Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar, just wait until you see the uproar a transfer of Dwyer will cause.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Match Day 23: A Desperate Opponent

Sporting Kansas City welcome a desperate opponent to Children's Mercy Park tomorrow. The Seattle Sounders come to Kansas City tomorrow desperately seeking a league win trying to get their season back on track. Kansas City isn't in a great position themselves, but the Sounders sit eight points behind Kansas City, currently in ninth place in the Western Conference.

The Sounders and head coach, Sigi Schmid are so desperate for a win in league play that they basically tanked their US Open Cup game on Wednesday against the LA Galaxy putting out a far less than first team lineup in a 4-2 loss to the LA Galaxy. The Sounders started only a couple players who had made regular first team appearances for the Sounders, choosing to rest many starters for Sunday. They did throw on a few first team players like Brad Evans and Jordan Morris as substitutes, but for the most part the Sounders players got the night off. With that happening though the pressure is squaring on them to preform tomorrow with a team that is rested. They will have to play tomorrow without midfield destroyer, Osvaldo Alonso though as the Cuban is suspended for tomorrow's game due to yellow card accumulation. They will welcome back Clint Dempsey though who missed last week due to suspension.

While Seattle is certainly the team more desperate for a win, Kansas City can't say they don't need a win either. KC returns home after losing a pair of games on the road both on 1-0 scoreline. KC needs a win for themselves to try to keep pace in the Western Conference. A loss now could see them start to really slip out of the playoff picture as a busy August approaches and KC jumps back into two competitions with the CONCACAF Champions League. Peter Vermes will have his favored 11 available, specially on the back line, although the depth has taken a big hit. Vermes has been preferring the pairing of Lawrence Olum and Ike Opara, but at this point he's almost stuck with them as Nuno Coelho and Matt Besler are both battling injuries, leaving just Kevin Ellis as a back up central defender.

Davis - Dwyer - Zusi
Espinoza - Feilhaber
Medranda -Olum - Opara - Abdul-Salaam

Number to Remember - 1 - This series has never seen a win by a team by more than a single goal. Every game in the series between Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders has seen a one goal winner. KC is 2-7-3 all time against Seattle and all nine games with a winner have been decided by the single goal.

Key Match Up - Dom Dwyer vs Chad Marshall - Dwyer again is matched up against a center back a head taller than him. Kansas City will need to try to find a way to get Dwyer service, something that they've struggled to do over the past two games.

PREDICTION - Given the forecast tomorrow for the day in Kansas City this game feels like it will be anything but a free flowing game. The high pressure that Kansas City likes to use is either going to be put on hold for the game, or have to be used more sparingly because of a forecast that will see temperatures in the mid 90s and heat indexes over 100. With the way that both teams have been playing combined with the heat I just don't feel like this will be a game that will be on anyone's highlight films once the season ends and it'll be a result that neither team wants.

SKC - 0
SEA - 0

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Former SKC Wizards Update

Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Reinaldo Brenes
Brian Fekete
Michael Kafari
Chris Konopka
Neven Markovic
Kyle Miller
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz
Yann Songo'o

Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston's 1-0 loss to LA.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 83 minutes in New England's 0-0 draw with RSL.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Dressed but did not play in Orlando's 2-0 loss to New York. Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 2-2 draw with Vancouver.
Aurelien Collin - New York - Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 2-0 win over Orlando. Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 2-2 draw with Philadelphia.
Marcel de Jong - Vancouver - Came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Vancouver's 2-0 win over RSL. Dressed but did not play in Vancouver's 2-2 draw with Orlando.
Amadou Dia - Montreal - Did not dress in Montreal's 1-1 draw with Portland. Dressed but di not play in Montreal's 3-1 loss to NYCFC.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - Dressed but did not play in Seattle's 5-0 win over Dallas. Came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Seattle's 3-1 loss to Portland.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - Started and played 83 minutes in Chicago's 1-0 win over KC. Started and played 90 minutes in Chicago's 3-1 loss to Dallas.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Portland's 1-1 draw with Montreal. Started and played 65 minutes in Portland's 3-1 win over Seattle.
Kei Kamara - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England's 0-0 draw with RSL.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 1-1 draw with Portland. Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 3-1 loss to NYCFC.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Came off the bench and played 27 minutes in NYCFC's 3-1 win over Montreal.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Started and played 90 minutes in RSL's 2-0 loss to Vancouver. Started and played 77 minutes in RSL's 0-0 draw with New England.
Amobi Okugo - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 1-1 draw with Montreal. Did not dress in Portland's 3-1 win over Seattle.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Philadelphia's 2-2 draw with New York.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 1-1 draw with Toronto. Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 1-1 draw with DC.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Dressed but did not play in New York's 2-0 win over Orlando. Started and played 67 minutes in New York's 2-2 draw with Philadelphia.

Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) -Out injured.
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Started and played 90 minutes in Tampa's 3-0 win over Puerto Rico.
Omar Bravo - Carolina - Did not dress in Carolina's 1-0 win over Fort Lauderdale.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Started and played 90 minutes in Jacksonville's 3-0 loss to New York. Came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Jacksonville's 1-0 loss to Miami.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Started and played 90 minutes in Carolina's 1-0 win over Fort Lauderdale.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - Did not dress in either of OKC's games.

Christian Duke - Swope Park - No game this week.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-1 win over Orange County.
Ryan James - Rochester - Started and played 90 minutes in Rochester's 3-1 win over Montreal.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Did not dress in Charlotte's 2-1 loss to New York.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 0-0 draw with Charleston.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in OKC's 2-1 win over Orange County.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.

Adnan Gabeljic - San Francisco - Offseason.
Faik Hajderovic - St. Louis U23 - Offseason.

Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Offseason.
Boris Pardo - Missouri - Offseason.

Korede Aiyegbusi - FC Mashhad - Iran - No game until 7/25.
Scott Angevine - YPA - Finland - Defeated TP-47 4-1.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina - Offseason.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - No game until 9/14.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Dressed but did not play in Alajuelense's 0-0 draw with Santos de Guapiles.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Offseason.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Offseason.
Pablo Escobar - Jaguares de C├│rdoba - Colombia - Did not dress in either of Jaguares' games.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Did not dress in Queretaro's 2-0 win over Veracruz.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 82 minutes in RoPS' 1-1 draw with Lokomotiva Zagreb. Came on as a substitute and played 16 minutes in RoPS' 2-1 win over Lahti.
Igor Juliao - Fluminense - Brazil - Came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Fluminense's 2-0 win over Cruzeiro.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - No game this week.
Luis Marin - CD Temuco - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Temuco's 3-1 win over Puerto Montt.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes in RoPS' 1-1 draw with Lokomotiva Zagreb. Dressed but did not play in RoPS' 2-1 win over Lahti.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar -  Offseason.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Offseason.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes in IBV's 1-1 draw with FH.
Oriol Rosell - Belenenses (Sporting Club de Portugal)(loan) - Portugal - No game until 8/6.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - Lost 4-1 in extra time to Muang Thong United. Started and played 90 minutes in Pattaya's 4-2 loss to Buriram United.
Daniel Salloi - Gyirmot FC Gyor (loan) - Hungary - Did not dress in Gyirmot's 2-2 draw with Mezokovesd.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - No game until 7/29.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - No game utnil 7/30.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Tied Global FC 3-3.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Offseason.
Matt Taylor - Saarbr├╝cken - Germany - Offseason.

Salloi Loan Switched to Gyirmot FC Gyor

Daniel Salloi won't be returning to Kansas City, but he won't be playing for Vasas FC either. Sporting KC announced today that instead of being loaned to that club for the rest of 2016,he will instead be going to newly promoted club, Gyirmot FC Gyor. The timing of the move is a little odd considering the Hungarian league just kicked off this past weekend. Salloi's new club tied their first game in the top division with a 2-2 draw with Mezokovesd.

While on the surface the move is a little confusing, it becomes clearer with the revelation that former Sporting KC academy coach, Istvan Urbanyi is now the head coach of Gyirmot. Urbanyi had been a Sporting academy coach from 2014 until earlier this year when he left the club and took over Gyirmot. With that in mind and the fact that Urbanyi would have coached Salloi when he was in the KC academy, this move makes a ton of sense. Hopefully Salloi can get himself plenty of game experience.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday After Stats

Disclaimer: The stats from last night have Diego Rubio entering the game for Dom Dwyer in the 86th minute, when in reality it was in the 79th. As of right now I am going with the official scoring of the substitution, which was the 86th. KC has contacted the league to update official records so once that happens I will update mine accordingly.

Roger Espinoza made his 150th league appearance for KC, he's the 10th player to hit that mark.

With his appearance Espinoza broke his tie with Michael Harrington and Mo Johnston for 10th place on that list.

Espinoza made his 172nd appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Chance Myers for 11th on that list.

In the 32nd minute, Espinoza passed Josh Wolff and moved into 14th place for league minutes played for Kansas City. In the 62nd Espinoza then passed Jimmy Nielsen and moved into 13th place on that list, he finished the game with 11,526 minutes played.

In the 10th minute, Espinoza moved past Harrington and into 14th place for minutes played in all competitions. He finished the game with 13,357 minutes played.

Tim Melia made his 50th MLS appearance in his career.

Melia made his 50th appearance in all competitions for KC, he's the 65th player to hit that mark.

It was his 50th start in all competitions as well, he's the 55th player to hit that mark.

Lawrence Olum made his 100th appearance in all competitions for KC, he's the 39th player to hit that mark.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sporting Fall to Colorado

A week that looked like it was starting out with such promise for Sporting Kansas City with a 3-1 win over New York City FC has come crashing down with a pair of 1-0 losses on the road after Sporting feel to the Colorado Rapids in Denver tonight.

The first half wasn't a great advertisement for the beautiful game as neither side really created much and the game really got bogged down in the midfield for both teams. Each side had good periods of possession but neither side was really able to do much with it as the two teams combined for just a single shot on goal in the first half, an easy save by Tim Howard on a shot from outside the box by Dom Dwyer.

The second half didn't improve things a whole lot for either side. KC got another injury blow as early in the half Brad Davis left with a calf injury, adding him to the injury list that includes a pair of probably starters for KC in Nuno Coelho and Graham Zusi. The game continued to drag out for both sides with Kansas City seemingly content to see the game go 0-0 and Colorado struggling to create going forward. In the 78th minute though things changed on a poor give away by Ike Opara on a pass. Dillon Powers collected the ball and fed it to Marlon Hairston (who'd made the initial interception) who dribbled at Opara and got him to bite on a touch to the outside. Hairston cut back inside and curled a ball into the far post to put the Rapids on top 1-0. Kansas City threw numbers forward again trying to find an equalizer but could only create a single shot on goal after going down a goal. Into stoppage time KC had a penalty shout that referee Drew Fischer decided not to call as Diego Rubio's leg got kicked out from under him by Jared Watts. The final whistle blew and while the missed call is certainly a big talking point, Sporting Kansas City's ineptitude on offense seems to have returned as has their penchant for shooting themselves in the foot defensively. After scoring six goals in two games, Kansas City seems to be back to the goal scoring form that saw them win just once in nine games before they went on a short unbeaten run.

Wizards Man of the Match - Roger Espinoza - Colorado really didn't get much going at all offensive tonight outside of a single giveaway by Ike Opara. A big part of that was due to Espinoza in the midfield. Colorado ended up playing a lot of balls over the top to bypass Kansas City's midfield and Espinoza.

Player Ratings: Melia 5, Abdul-Salaam 6, Opara 5, Olum 6, Medranda 6, Mustivar 6, Espinoza 7, Feilhaber 5, Davis 4, Dwyer 4, Peterson 3. Subs: Hallisey 4, Rubio NR, Mapp NR.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Match Day 22: From the Worst to the Best

On Wednesday night Kansas City had played the worst team in MLS in the Chicago Fire and fell 1-0, now tomorrow night in Colorado Sporting Kansas City will take on the best team in MLS in terms of points per game, the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids sit in second place currently in the Western Conference on 34 points, but have only played 18 games, compared to first place FC Dallas who has 37 points in 21 games. The Rapids currently sit with 1.89 points per game so far this season.

Colorado has been so successful this season on the back of its defense. The club has allowed just 13 goals through the first 18 games this season. And to make themselves better the club signed US men's national team goalkeeper, Tim Howard this past spring. With the transfer window open and his contract with Everton expired, Howard has stepped into the net for the Rapids giving them a veteran presence in goal. It's a bit disappointing for their former starter, Zac MacMath, who had been playing well in goal before being replace. The defense in front of the goalkeeper though has done very well for the Rapids, with Axel Sjoberg having himself a very solid season for the Rapids in defense. Offensively, the Rapids aren't a juggernaut, having scored just 21 goals in their 18 games with forward Kevin Doyle leading the way.

Sporting Kansas City got more bad news this week after the Chicago game with the news that Nuno Coelho re-aggravated the same hamstring injury that kept him out for a month against the Chicago Fire. It's especially concerning with the fact that Coelho felt that he was at 100% when he started Wednesday against the Fire. His injury forced Kansas City to recall Kevin Ellis from his loan to Swope Park Rangers and could make for an interesting center back pairing with Ike Opara maybe needing to be rested for his game and Matt Besler not seeming to be in form for the club. Kansas City also could be without Graham Zusi again as he's still questionable, a big blow after his big performance against the Columbus Crew in his last game. His absence could be felt more if KC goes with what's been an ineffective wing lineup with Connor Hallisey and Jacob Peterson, but with both starting on the wing Wednesday, expecting both again is probably unlikely. One is likely to start though with Zusi questionable and Justin Mapp apparently still not able to start a game.

Davis - Dwyer - Hallisey
Espinoza - Feilhaber
Medranda - Besler - Ellis - Abdul-Salaam

Number to Remember - 4 - That's the number of consecutive losses that Sporting KC has against the Colorado Rapids, two losses so far this year and two last year. KC lost five straight against the Rapids back in 1998 and 1999. The Rapids for the most part have been one of the teams that KC really dominates in league play, but that's mainly been at home. Still KC will be hoping the losing streak doesn't extend to five.

Key Match Up - Dom Dwyer vs Axel Sjoberg - Dwyer has been able to get himself space against bigger bodies, but Sjoberg is having himself a very good season for the Rapids. He's also a head and a half taller than Dwyer. Sporting's tendency to try to whip balls into the box against the Rapids this year has been far from successful with Dwyer going up against Sjoberg.

PREDICTION - On paper this game looks like it will be far from an offensive break out for either team. Kansas City on short rest isn't a high scoring team to begin with, and neither are the Rapids. With Kansas City on short rest that likely points to a bit more laid back approach from Kansas City, especially on the road at altitude. This game likely won't be the picture of pretty soccer, and unfortunately it's not one that I'm sure KC is able to walk out of with three points.

SKC - 0
COL - 1 (Doyle)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

Dom Dwyer made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 31st player to hit that mark.

It was also Dwyer's 100th start in all competitions for KC, he's the 30th player to hit that mark.

Roger Espinoza made his 171st appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Michael Harrington for 12th all time on that list.

It was his 149th appearance in league play for KC, tying him with Harrington and Mo Johnston for 10th all time on that list.

It was Espinoza's 129th league start for KC, breaking his tie with Harrington, Josh Wolff, and Jimmy Nielsen for 11th all time on that list.

Chicago See Out Storm, Down Sporting

After a storm delayed the kick off of the game for almost two hours, Sporting KC took the field against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in the second game of three in seven days for Sporting. Shuffling the lineup a little bit KC looked to extend their unbeaten run to six. Unfortunately missed chances, missed calls, and missed marks left KC on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to the Fire.

Things looked like they had started extremely brightly for Kansas City as in the first couple minutes Dom Dwyer headed in a Benny Feilhaber free kick thinking he'd put KC up 1-0. Unfortunately for Dwyer and KC the assistant referee raised is flag signalling offside. On replay it appeared that Dwyer may have just been a little bit in front of the last defender, although many people will argue when it's that close you'd like to see those calls given to the attacking team. KC continued to attack but couldn't make much of their efforts not testing Sean Johnson in the Chicago net. The 19th minute saw the referee crew again involved in the play that led to the Chicago goal. After a foul on Kansas City Chicago took a quick restart as the referee Hima Saghafi blew his whistle to allow play to restart. On the broadcast shortly after the kick is taken you hear another whistle from Saghafi that would seem to signify that play was dead. Play continued though with Razvan Cocis crossing the ball into the box for Michael de Leeuw who had lost Matt Besler in the box and he tapped it home. Kansas City seemed to hestitate just a bit after that second whistle and it certainly cost them as Besler especially completely lost track of de Leeuw. Things got worse for Kansas City minutes later as Nuno Coelho went down with what appeared to be another hamstring injury, the injury that had caused him to miss a month of the season. Coelho was subbed out and looks like he'll miss more time for Kansas City. Sporting though continued to control the game, keeping the Fire pinned back as they hoped to play the ball long and allow David Accam to run onto. KC though couldn't generate much in the way of chances. Jacob Peterson had the best of KC's chances in the first half, first making a good run into the box but then firing a shot high and wide of the post and then in stoppage time he got on the end of a Connor Hallisey cross but put his finish back across goal and into the post. The ball bounced back into play and seconds later half time was called.

The second half continued to see the same strategy for Kansas City as they held Chicago in their own end. Chicago for their part was very willing to let KC possess the ball 25 plus yards away from goal and play in crosses to out numbered forwards in the box. KC didn't get their first shot on goal until the 80th minute when Brad Davis forced a good save out of Johnson off a free kick. The final 10 minutes saw Kansas City really push the game, throwing Ike Opara up as a target forward trying to find an equalizer. Later on Dwyer forced a good save from Johnson off of a corner kick that had to be scrambled away after Johnson got down well on the header. Late on Davis had another great opportunity from a free kick, but curled it just wide of the near post as Johnson scrambled over. KC though for all their pressure fell for the first time in five league games and will now travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids on Saturday to close out this busy week.

Wizards Man of the Match - Brad Davis - Gave the Kansas City offense life when he came on, his set pieces were on point and had some of the best chances of the game for KC coming in off the bench.

Player Ratings - Melia 5, Abdul-Salaam 6, Besler 4, Coelho 5, Medranda 6, Mustivar 6, Espinoza 6, Feilhaber 6, Hallisey 4, Dwyer 4, Peterson 4. Subs Opara 6, Davis 7, Mapp NR.