Saturday, April 30, 2016

Match Day 10: Returning Home

After a three game road trip that saw Sporting Kansas City take on three Western Conference rivals, Sporting Kansas City returns home on Sunday to take on another Western Conference opponent Sunday. Sporting KC welcome the LA Galaxy to Children's Mercy Park tomorrow in a game that will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

The LA Galaxy come into tomorrow's game on the back of a big win at home against the previous unbeaten Real Salt Lake. The Galaxy completely dismantled RSL, winning 5-2 at the Stub Hub Center. For the Galaxy though they look to have been dealt an injury blow though as Steven Gerrard's status for tomorrow is unlikely right now as the Liverpool legend did not train with the club on Friday. Add that to the fact that midfielder Nigel de Jong will be serving the third of a three game suspension tomorrow, and the Galaxy central midfield could be quite different than expected tomorrow. Even with those absences, the Galaxy have a bunch of fire power with the likes of Mike Magee and US national team player, Gyasi Zardes up top.

Kansas City has welcomed the likes of Justin Mapp, Chance Myers, and Paulo Nagamura back to training with the first team, but expecting any of the three tomorrow to start may be a bit of a stretch this early. Sporting's front line got a little bit of rest on Wednesday night in Vancouver, starting the game on the bench, before coming on when the Whitecaps went down to 10 men. The trio of Brad Davis, Dom Dwyer, and Graham Zusi seem a good bet to return to the starting lineup tomorrow. Elsewhere the only other big change is likely to be Tim Melia stepping back into the starting goalkeeping role for Kansas City.

Davis - Dwyer - Zusi
Espinoza - Feilhaber 
Olum
Sinovic - Besler - Coelho - SAS
Melia

Number to Remember - 7 - Sporting Kansas City is unbeaten in seven straight home games against the LA Galaxy. The last LA Galaxy win in Kansas City was a 1-0 win back in 2007 at Arrowhead on a goal by Gavin Glinton. The streak is made longer by KC being in the Eastern Conference for the entire streak and the Galaxy not playing in Kansas City every year.

Key Match Up - Roger Espinoza vs Giovanni Dos Santos - A pair of internationals will match up tomorrow with Espinoza likely having to be the main one looking to shut down the Galaxy's Mexican international Dos Santos. He's likely going to want to find space around Lawrence Olum to work against the slower of the two midfielders, but Espinoza's hard nosed tackles could make for an interesting match up.

PREDICTION - The Galaxy are flying high after the win last week against RSL and KC is coming in with some tired legs after three games on the road and the last two having been on the West Coast. It has the potential to not be a very pretty game for Kansas City with some tired legs going against a fresher Galaxy side. That said Peter Vermes has shown the ability in the past to get the most out of a side that has been worn by the road. I'm not sure that KC gets all three points tomorrow, but they'll certainly cause the Galaxy a number of issues in the middle, especially if Gerrard isn't there to play.

SKC - 1 (Dwyer)
LA - 1 (Zardes)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

In the first minute, Matt Besler moved past Chris Klein and into sole possession of 6th place for minutes played in league play for KC, he finished the game with 16,471 minutes played.

Besler made his 183rd league start for KC, tying him with Klein for 6th all time on that list.

At 22 years, 348 days, Diego Rubio became the 17th youngest goal scorer in Sporting KC's history, he knocked Chris Klein out of the top 20.

Alec Kann made his Sporting KC debut.

In the 9th minute, Roger Espinoza moved past Chance Myers and into 17th place for league minutes played for KC, Espinoza finished the game wtih 10,447 minutes played.

Sporting End Losing Streak, but Can't Top 10 Man Vancouver

Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net. All four showed well when given the chance to start, but neither they nor the trio of Brad Davis, Dom Dwyer, and Graham Zusi, who all came on as subs could find a winning goal despite being a man up for almost 40 minutes after Kendall Waston was sent off for picking up two yellow cards on fouls against Rubio.

Vancouver started the game out on the front foot, taking the game to Kansas City winning a couple early corners. On the first one Waston found himself open in the box, but his shot was cleared away for a second corner for the Whitecaps. Unfortunately on the second corner, KC again didn't mark up well enough and Cristian Techera found Christian Bolanos unmarked, Bolanos hit a side volley while moving away from goal that beat Kann and gave the Whitecaps the lead after just 14 minutes. After the goal though Kansas City slowly started to get into the game more, pressuring the Vancouver back line and causing some trouble Benny Feilhaber played in some good free kicks that no Sporting player could get on the end of while Medranda and Hallisey were causing problems on the wing. The pressure was rewarded with an equalizer in the 27th minute. Lawrence Olum took a weak shot from outside the box but Rubio, who was on the shoulder of the last man raced onto it as it went towards goal and pushed it past David Ousted and into the net to tie the game at 1-1. KC continued to push the game after the goal and almost took the lead minutes later as the ball was played to Medranda at the top of the box who fired a low shot back across goal but Oustad did well to get down and slow the shot down and then grab the rebound. The Whitecaps countered and Vancouver forward Masato Kudo forced a save out of Kann. That was actually the last shot that the Whitecaps would officially record in the entire game. KC didn't fare much better, but did have the better of the play, keeping Vancouver in their end for much of the rest of the half.

KC continued the pressure in the second half, and that pressure led to Waston's sending off in the 51st minute. Rubio raced to try to get an errant back pass that was going between Waston and Oustad. Rubio beat the pair to the ball and touched it towards the end line. As he did that, Waston raised his leg and caught Rubio in the calf, knocking the Chilean over. With the man advantage, Vermes started to throw on more regular starters, first inserting Dom Dwyer for Rubio, then inserting Brad Davis for Hallisey, and Graham Zusi for Medranda as the final sub. Unfortunately for Kansas City they couldn't really do much with the man advantage. With only 10 players, the Whitecaps clogged the middle of the field and especially the box area keeping Kansas City from getting any clear looks on goal. For their part though Kansas City didn't take many shots of their own either. Even with all the traffic in front of goal, you would think that KC would at least attempt more shots and hope for a deflection to carry a shot past Oustad, but instead KC continued to pass around looking for a clear shot at goal that never came. Crosses were cut out by Oustad or the Vancouver defense before they reached their intended target and KC was forced wide with almost every ball. Before the game most fans would have probably taken a point out of the game, but after spending 39 minutes up a man (now 133 on the season) and not being able to take full points is disappointing.

Wizards Man of the Match - Diego Rubio - Rubio was a thorn in Waston's side for the 51 minutes he was on the field. He caused problems for the Costa Rican leading to the red card. Also did a good job of not just watching the Olum shot slowly roll to Oustad, instead jumping it for his first goal.

Player Ratings - Kann 6, Dia 4, Coelho 7, Besler 5, Abdul-Salaam 5, Olum 5, Espinoza 6, Feilhaber 6, Hallisey 6, Rubio 7, Medranda 7. Subs Dwyer 5, Davis 4, Zusi 4.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rangers Drop Second Straight

The Swope Park Rangers dropped their second game of the season and second game in a row, dropping a 2-1 result against the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at the Swope Soccer Village. The Rangers first game at their home didn't go to plan for the Rangers and head coach Marc Dos Santos.

Things started very well for the Rangers as they were able to grab the lead in just the 14th minute. Sporting KC loanee, Daniel Salloi received the ball out away from goal on the left side. He dribbled into the middle towards goal before trying to slot a ball through to Kris Tyrpak into the box. The ball was partially cut out by a sliding challenge, but Tyrpak was able to still get the ball and slot a ball into the near corner to put the Rangers on top 1-0. Right after the goal the Rangers continued to pressure and looked like they'd be able to double their lead but Salloi put a curling shot near the corner of the box just wide of the post and the score stayed 1-0. The lead lasted until the 30th minute when Jacob VanCompernolle brought down Whitecaps forward, Alphonso Davies in the box. Whitecaps captain, Kyle Greig stepped up and sent Jon Kempin the wrong way tying the score at 1-1. That's where the half ended with the two teams level.

The second half was end to end with neither side creating really clear chances until the 55th when the Whitecaps had a number of chances in front of goal, but Kempin came up with a couple saves, the ball was partially cleared but from about 30 yards out where Ben McKendry settled the ball and fired a shot that looped over Kempin and into the net as Kempin was getting back towards his line giving the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead. The Whitecaps continued the pressure and kick save by Kempin kept the score from becoming 3-1. As the half rolled on the Rangers threw more and more numbers forward, the Rangers didn't have a lot of offense on the bench and with that threw defenders Amer Didic and Oumar Ballo up at forward to try to knock down long balls. Unfortunately the Rangers were unable to find the back of the net and fell to 2-2-1 on the season.

Gabeljic in US Open Cup - Former SKC Wizards Update

Sporting KC's 2014 draft pick Adnan Gabeljic looks to be out of professional soccer, but he looks set to play in this year's US Open Cup. Gabeljic is in San Francisco now and will be competing in the first round of this year's US Open Cup as he is playing with amateur side, San Francisco City FC. The PDL side will be taking on CD Aguiluchos USA in the first round of the tournament, with the winner taking on USL side, Sacramento Republic.

Here is the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Brian Fekete
Faik Hajderovic
Michael Kafari
Chris Konopka
Kyle Miller
Victor Munoz
Amobi Okugo
Akeem Priestley
Yann Songo'o

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Did not dress in Houston's 1-0 loss to Columbus.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 79 minutes in New England's 3-0 loss to DC.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Dressed but did not play in Orlando's 3-2 loss over New York.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City - Dressed but did not play in Orlando's 3-2 loss over New York.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - Started and played 71 minutes in Seattle's 3-1 loss to Colorado.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - No game this week.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - No game this week.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Columbus' 1-0 win over Houston.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 2-0 loss to Toronto.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Started and played 78 minutes in NYCFC's 2-0 loss to Philadelphia.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Started and played 90 minutes in RSL's 5-2 loss to LA.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Philadelphia's 2-0 win over NYCFC.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 1-0 win over Houston.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Started and played 89 minutes in New York's 3-2 win over Orlando.

NASL
Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Minnesota's 1-0 win over New York.
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Did not dress in Tampa's 3-1 loss to Carolina.
Marcel de Jong - Ottawa - Dressed but did not play in Ottawa's 2-0 loss to Edmonton.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Started and played 90 minutes in Jacksonville's 1-1 draw with Fort Lauderdale.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Carolina's 3-1 win over Tampa.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 3-2 win over Miami.

US
Christian Duke - Swope Park - Started and played 90 minutes in Swope Park's 1-0 loss to OKC.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 1-0 win over Swope Park.
Ryan James - Rochester - Dressed but did not play in Rochester's 2-1 win over Montreal.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Did not dress in Charlotte's 3-2 win over Richmond.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 2-1 loss to Harrisburg.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 1-0 win over Swope Park.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 3-2 loss to Charlotte.

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

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Siah Jamegan - Iran - Defeated Tractor Sazi 2-1.
Scott Angevine - YPA - Finland - No game until 5/5.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina - Started and played 65 minutes in Belgrano's 0-0 draw with Atletico Tucuman.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Chivas' 1-1 draw with Pachuca.
Reinaldo Brenes - AD Belen Siglo XXI - Costa Rica - Did not dress in either of Belen's games.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Dressed but did not play in Bengaluru's 5-0 loss to Mohun Bagan.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Started and played 57 minutes in Alajuelense's 2-1 loss to UCR. Did not dress in Alajuelense's 3-1 win over Cartagines.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - No game this week.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Dressed but did not play in Leganes' 3-0 win over Ponferradina.
Pablo Escobar - Jaguares de Córdoba - Colombia - Did not dress in Jaguares' 2-0 loss to Patriotas Boyaca.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Did not dress in Queretaro's 3-2 loss to Monterrey.
Jeferson - Madureira EC - Brazil - Offseason.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 58 minutes in RoPS' 4-1 loss to Haka. Came off the bench and played 27 minutes in RoPS' 1-0 win over PK-35.
Igor Juliao - Ferroviária - Brazil - No game until 5/4.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Started and played 90 minutes in Slavia's 1-0 loss to Krumkachy.
Luis Marin - CD Palestino - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Palestino's 3-1 win over Colo Colo. Started and played 90 minutes in Palestino's 1-1 draw with Huachipato.
Neven Markovic - KS Lechia Gdansk - Poland - Did not dress in Lechia's 3-0 loss to Piast Gliwice.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Dressed but did not play in RoPS' 4-1 loss to Haka. Came off the bench and played 60 minutes in RoPS' 1-0 win over PK-35.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar - Defeated Al Mu'aidar 1-0 in the Emir Cup.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Did not dress in Porto B's 2-0 win over Sporting Braga II.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - No game until 5/1.
Oriol Rosell - Vitoria (Sporting Club de Portugal)  Portugal - Did not dress in Vitoria's 1-1 draw with Estoril.
Brendan Ruiz - DJK Don Bosco Bamberg - Germany - Tied Burglengenfeld 2-2.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Pattaya's 2-1 win over Army United.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 120 minutes in Wuppertaler's 1-1 (5-3) shootout win over Rot-Weib Oberhausen.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - Started and played 90 minutes in Deveronvale's 3-0 loss to Forres Mechanics.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Offseason.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Came off the bench and played 22 minutes in Atromitos' 1-0 loss to AEK Athens. Started and played 90 minutes in Atromitos' 1-1 draw with AEK Athens.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - Did not dress in Saarbrucken's 3-0 loss to Astoria Walldorf.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Match Day 9: West Coast Swing

Sporting Kansas City continue their West Coast road trip tomorrow with a game up in Canada against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. The pair has already met once this year with Kansas City winning the first match up 2-1 at Children's Mercy Park back in March.

The Whitecaps come into the game after a very productive win on the weekend, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 thanks to an own goal, Jordan Harvey, and Kekuta Manneh. The win was Vancouver's first in four games after a pair of losses and a draw with Los Angeles at home. Vancouver currently sits two points behind Kansas City, currently in 7th place on 10 points with a 3-4-1 record. The big question for the Whitecaps heading into tomorrow's game could be whether they choose to stick with Octavio Rivero at center forward or if hey potentially give a chance to Blas Perez in the game. Neither of the forwards has scored a goal yet this season, but Rivero seems to have been struggling more at the position in the early going of the season.

Kansas City is looking to end their three game losing streak and try to salvage something out of the road trip after losing 1-0 in San Jose Sunday. With another game on Sunday at home against the LA Galaxy the question is again how much rotation does Peter Vermes go with. With the announcement today that Sporting is loaning Jordi Quintilla to the Swope Park Rangers tomorrow, it leaves KC with few options in the midfield if KC decides to rotate there. Elsewhere KC could throw in the likes of Connor Hallisey or Jimmy Medranda on the wing, Seth Sinovic at left back, or Ike Opara spelling one of KC's two center backs.

Hallisey - Dwyer - Zusi
Espinoza - Feilhaber
Olum
Sinovic - Opara - Coelho - SAS
Melia


Number to Remember - 2014 - That's the last time KC had a losing streak go more than three games. KC lost four straight games in late August and early September of 2014, falling 3-0 to DC, 3-1 to Houston, 3-1 to New England, and 2-1 to New York.

Key Match Up - Lawrence Olum vs Pedro Morales - Filling in for Soni Mustivar has not been easy for Lawrence Olum, he performed better against the Earthquakes on Sunday but is still probably the weak link right now in KC's lineup. Morales is the Whitecaps leading scorer and will like his chances in the match up against Olum.

PREDICTION - Sporting came out and had plenty of pressure in the loss to San Jose; the question becomes how much gas is left in the tank for Kansas City after that. The Whitecaps looked good in their win over Dallas and will cause Kansas City plenty of problems. Unfortunately I'm not sure KC can get things done on the road this time. That said this is MLS and after the recent performances Sporting winning this game would be "peak" MLS.

SKC - 0
VAN - 2 (Morales, Manneh)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday of Stats

Here are some stats from today's game between KC and San Jose.

When Matt Besler left the field in the 75th minute, he left having tied Chris Klein for minutes played in league play for KC. The pair are tied for 6th with 16,381 minutes played.

Besler started his 217th game in all competitions for KC, passing Klein for 6th place all time on that list.

In the 60th minute, Graham Zusi moved past Jack Jewsbury and into 8th place for minutes played in league play for KC. He finished the game with 13,306 minutes played.

Roger Espinoza made his 157th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Tony Meola for 15th all time on that list.

Referee No Call Takes Center Stage in KC Loss to San Jose

Sporting Kansas City fell for the fourth time in the last five games and now have a .500 record after falling 1-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose. The loss is the 16th straight winless trip Kansas City has made to San Jose since the year 2000, this time it was a Chris Wondolowski goal that was the only difference in the game, but it certainly wasn't the only talking point as a seemingly clear penalty kick was missed at the opposite end of the field minutes before Wondolowski's goal from the spot.

Kansas City came out from the gate very hard with some high pressure that caused the Earthquakes all kinds of trouble. Giveaways in their defensive third led to a number of good chances for Kansas City with Benny Feilhaber forcing a good save from David Bingham on a chip early on. Later in the half Dom Dwyer had a golden chance to put KC on top as Feilhaber lofted a ball into the box for him, Dwyer made good connection with a header but Bingham got a hand to it and was able to touch it around the post and out of play. KC certainly looked like the better side, but the high pressure left KC open on the counter and a poor play by Matt Besler almost cost them as a giveaway led to a three on one situation with Nuno Coelho, but the Portuguese defender did a good job of breaking up the play as the Quakes tried to square the ball to an open player. KC's defense at times struggled with the Quakes as a ball played back across the box was allowed to just slowly roll through while KC defenders seemed to watch. Luckily the shot ended up deflecting wide of KC's post.

KC continued the pressure in the early going of the second half and was able to continue to find success going forward except for that final ball, and then the controversy started in the 55th minute. Dom Dwyer got played in behind the San Jose defense as he played right on the shoulder of Victor Bernardez. As Dwyer made it into the box baring down on Bingham, Dwyer had his ankle/calf caught bringing him down, but referee Jair Marrufo and his assistant Philippe Briere didn't seem to even look twice at it as Dwyer threw his hands in the air wondering where the call was. The non-call seemed to go to Kansas City's head as from there the Earthquakes started to get more of the game and then in the 57th minute won a penalty kick of their own. After Besler had done a good job of knocking the ball away from Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins collected the ball inside the box. Tim Melia came off his line and brought Dawkins down as Dawkins attempted to round Melia. This time Marrufo correctly pointed to the spot and Wondolowski stepped up and buried the penalty to put the Earthquakes in front.

Now down a goal KC pushed forward looking to find an equalizer. KC was able to hold the Earthquakes in deep but struggled to create clear chances as the Earthquakes crowded the box and area in front of goal. KC's best chance late on fell to Brad Davis on a set piece but his effort went just over the bar. KC falls to 4-4 on the season and now heads to Vancouver for a midweek game against a Whitecaps side that has found some scoring since the two teams last met.

Wizards Man of the Match - Nuno Coelho - Bailed out Besler big time in the first half with some smart defensive play. Overall he did a very good job of maintaining position on his mark and keeping them from getting clear looks on goal.

Player Ratings -
Melia 5, Dia 4, Coelho 7, Besler 5, Abdul-Salaam 5, Olum 5, Espinoza 5, Feilhaber 6, Davis 4, Dwyer 5, Zusi 4. Subs Opara 5, Rubio NR.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rangers Fall for the First Time

The Swope Park Rangers suffered their first loss of the season on the road tonight in Oklahoma City, falling 1-0 to the OKC Energy. The loss drops the Rangers record to 2-1-1 on the season ahead of a Wednesday night game against the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Swope Park.

It was a back and forth affair for most of the night while the Energy had the best of the chances. FC Dallas loanee, Coy Craft had the Energy's two best chances in the first half, both efforts went off a post. Rangers goalkeeper, Jon Kempin was also busy having to make a few saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless.

The second half saw the Energy dictate play for the most part while the Rangers tried to absorb the pressure and counter more. Kempin continued to have a big game, coming up with big saves and getting some help again from the post on a free kick by Jose Cuevas that Kempin tipped onto the post and out of the way of danger. He also came up with a big save on Peter Toth on a shot from distance. In the 80th minute though there was nothing that Kempin could do on the Energy's winning goal. After pinning the Rangers in deep the Energy worked the ball around the box to the far side and crossed a ball back to the back post where two Energy players were unmarked. Defender Kalen Ryden headed the ball back across goal, past Kempin and into the side netting to give the Energy the lead.

After OKC grabbed the lead the Rangers really started to press the attack. The best chances both came from substitutes, the first came to Kris Tyrpak who was able to get a 2v1 situation. Instead of looking to cross the ball Tyrpak tried to slot a shot on goal but it was deflected wide of the post by an OKC defender. Their best chance though came in the 88th minute when a Jimmy Mulligan cross made it through the box to Daniel Salloi who was about 10 yards from goal, but the forward put his volley into the ground and it bounced over the goal without threatening the OKC goal. The Energy held on late and took all three points as the Rangers fell to 2-1-1 on the season.

Match Day 8: Heading to Unfriendly Confines

Sporting KC return to the field tomorrow afternoon in San Jose in an attempt to end their two game losing streak. After a 3-0 start to the season, KC has just won one of their last four games to drop them to 4-3 on the season. They'll now travel to some very unfriendly confines at Avaya Stadium. Kansas City has had very little success away from home against the Earthquakes outside of Kansas City in their history, especially over the last 16 years.

The Earthquakes are currently just one point behind Kansas City at this early point of the season, currently 3-2-2 sitting on 11 points. They have their own injury issues at the moment with six players on their roster listed as being out for tomorrow's game. The biggest of those losses for the Earthquakes is probably Clarence Goodson, most of the rest probably wouldn't be key contributors in tomorrow's game. As has been the case for the last few years, the San Jose offense is lead by Chris Wondlowski who is leading the Golden Boot race at this early point of the season.

Kansas City has their own injury issues, although not as numerous. The big issue is Soni Mustivar who did not travel with the team for their two game road trip to San Jose and Vancouver. His absence in the center of midfield has been a big hole in Kansas City's system since he went out. Lawrence Olum has struggle in replicating his style of as the defensive midfielder in KC's system, he just doesn't have the engine that Mustivar does and KC hasn't made any other changes to their system to compensate for that. Elsewhere KC could look to make some lineup changes with another game on Wednesday, KC could look to rest some legs ahead of that game.


Hallisey - Dwyer - Zusi
Feilhaber - Espinoza
Olum
Sinovic - Besler - Coelho - SAS 
Melia

Number to Remember - 2000 - That's the last time that Kansas City took all three points in San Jose, almost 16 years ago. Kansas City's last win in San Jose came on August 16th, of 2000 when a mostly reserve Kansas City Wizards team went into Spartan Stadium and won 3-0 on goals by Francisco Gomez, Vicente Figueroa, and Chris Henderson. Kansas City is 0-10-5 in San Jose since that win in 2000, the last time Kansas City even got a point there was a 1-1 draw back in 2011.

Key Match Up - Matt Besler vs Chris Wondolowski - The pair of World Cup veterans will likely be matched up plenty on the night. Wondolowski has scored 7 goals in his Earthquakes career against Kansas City, and scoring again wouldn't be a surprise.

PREDICTION - Kansas City really hasn't played well in San Jose over the past few years, the Earthquakes have been able to control the games and really not allow much in the way of chances for KC. While KC has been a decent road team since the rebranding, they struggle in San Jose with the style that the Earthquakes play. Unfortunately with the congested schedule upcoming for KC I'm not sure that Sporting get anything out of this one.

SKC - 0
SJ - 1 (Wondolowski)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Healey and Baltimore Win MASL Title - Former SKC Wizards Update

The MASL season has officially ended this past weekend and former Kansas City draft pick Pat Healey and the Baltimore Blast walked away with a 2-0 series win over Soles de Sonora after a 14-13 win in Mexico in game two of the series this past weekend. The championship looks to be the only one the Blast will win in the MASL as they look set to break away and form another new professional indoor soccer league next season.

Elsewhere, Chris Konopka's short term deal with Ross County is over and the goalkeeper is once again looking for a club. He is still in Scotland at the moment though on trial with Hearts who are looking for a back up goalkeeper.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Brian Fekete
Adnan Gabeljic
Faik Hajderovic
Michael Kafari
Chris Konopka
Kyle Miller
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Yann Songo'o

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston's 4-1 loss to LA.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in New England's 2-2 draw with Orlando.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Came off the bench and played 1 minute in Orlando's 2-2 draw with New England.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City -Dressed but did not play in Orlando's 2-2 draw with New England.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - Came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Seattle's 2-1 win over Philadelphia.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - Started and played 90 minutes in Chicago's 2-1 loss to Montreal.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes in Portland's 3-1 loss to Dallas. Came off the bench and played 5 minutes in Portland's 3-1 win over San Jose.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Columbus' 3-2 win over NYCFC.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 2-1 win over Chicago.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Did not dress in NYCFC's 3-2 loss to Columbus.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Started and played 89 minutes in Salt Lake's 1-0 win over Vancouver.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Philadelphia's 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 3-2 win over NYCFC.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 2-0 loss to San Jose. Dressed but did not play in New York's 2-1 loss to Colorado.

NASL
Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) - Did not dress in Minnesota's 3-0 win over Fort Lauderdale.
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Dressed but did not play in Tampa's 1-0 win over Edmonton.
Marcel de Jong - Ottawa - Started and played 90 minutes in Ottawa's 1-0 loss to Carolina.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Started and played 90 minutes in Jacksonville's 2-1 win over Miami FC.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Started and played 90 minutes in Carolina's 1-0 win over Ottawa.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - No game this week.

US
Christian Duke - Swope Park - No game this week.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Game postponed.
Ryan James - Rochester - Came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Rochester's 0-0 draw with New York II.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Did not dress in Charlotte's 3-2 win over Charleston.
Amobi Okugo - New York - Did not play in New York's 0-0 draw with Rochester.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 1-0 loss to Harrisburg.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Game postponed.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 2-1 loss to Bethlehem.

Indoor
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Had 4 assists in Baltimore's 14-13 win over Sonora.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Offseason.
Boris Pardo - Missouri - Offseason.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Siah Jamegan - Iran - Started and played 45 minutes in Siah's 1-1 draw with Saipa.
Scott Angevine - KPV - Finland - No game until 4/24.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes, recording 2 assists in Belgrano's 3-3 draw with Arsenal.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Started and played 58 minutes in Chivas' 1-0 win over Atlas.
Reinaldo Brenes - AD Belen Siglo XXI - Costa Rica - Did not dress in either of Belen's games.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Did not dress in Bengaluru's 5-3 win over Ayeyawady United. Started and played 90 minutes in Bengaluru's 2-0 win over Salgaocar.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Did not dress in Alajuelense's 4-1 win over Perez Zeledon. Started and played 90 minutes in Alajuelense's 1-0 loss to Saprissa.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - Offseason.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Lost 1-0 to San Juan Jabloteh.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Dressed but did not play in Leganes' 2-0 loss to Alcorcon.
Pablo Escobar - Jaguares de Córdoba - Colombia - Did not dress in either of Jaguares' games.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Did not dress in Queretaro's 1-0 win over America.
Jeferson - Madureira EC - Brazil - Did not dress in Madureira's 1-1 draw with Volta Redonda.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 85 minutes, scoring a goal in RoPS' 2-2 draw wtih HJK.
Igor Juliao - Ferroviária - Brazil - Started and played 90 minutes in Ferroviaria's 1-1 draw with Salgueiro.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Came off the bench and played 36 minutes in Slavia's 3-1 loss to Granit.
Luis Marin - CD Palestino - Chile - No game this week.
Neven Markovic - KS Lechia Gdansk - Poland - Did not play in either of Lechia's games.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Dressed but did not play in RoPS' 2-2 draw with HJK.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar - Started and played 90 minutes in Al Gharafa's 1-0 loss to Al Khor.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Started and played 90 minutes in Porto B's 2-1 win over Farense. Started and played 90 minues in Porto B's 2-0 win over Feirense.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - No game until 5/1.
Oriol Rosell - Vitoria (Sporting Club de Portugal)  Portugal - Did not dress in Vitoria's 3-0 loss to Maritimo.
Brendan Ruiz - DJK Don Bosco Bamberg - Germany - Lost 2-1 to SV Seligenporten.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - No game this week.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 2-0 loss to SC Dusseldorf West. Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 2-0 win over VfR Fischeln.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - Started and played 90 minutes in Deveronvale's 2-1 loss to Brora Rangers.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Offseason.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Came off the bench and played 26 minutes, scoring a goal in Atromitos' 1-0 win over Panionios.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - Started and played 75 minutes in Saarbrucken's 1-1 draw with Neckarelz.