Friday, October 24, 2014

S.A.S. Friday After Stats

Not much stat wise from last night, but here are a couple.

Seth Sinovic started his 139th game in all competitions for KC, tying him with Graham Zusi for 15th on that list.

CJ Sapong made his 141st appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Francisco Gomez for 19th on that list.

Sporting Bow Meekly Out of the Champions League

Sporting Kansas City's run in the CONCACAF Champions League ended in Costa Rica tonight with a 2-0 loss to Deportivo Saprissa. Sarpissa's pressure all night kept KC on the back foot and Sporting never really go going offensively, recording just one shot on goal all game.

Starting a mix of starters and reserves, Sporting immediately went onto the back foot as Saprissa locked them in their own end from the start. Eric Kronberg in KC's net was called on often to make saves. The KC goalkeeper did well to parry a shot out for a corner early on to keep the game scoreless. KC withstood the Saprissa pressure in the first 20 minutes, but in the 22nd they finally gave way. A corner by Saprissa was headed on goal by an unmarked Saprissa player. Kronberg got in front of the ball but could only push it away instead of catching it. The ball fell into the path of Heiner Mora who made no mistake from a foot away giving Saprissa a 1-0 lead. The pressure continued from Saprissa, but they couldn't find another goal as KC limited their shots on goal. The goal though wasn't the worst news of the half for KC as Sporting's injury issues came to the surface again. In the 40th minute, Benny Feilhaber turned his ankle on a routine ball and had to be replaced by Soony Saad. Then in the 45th minute, Igor Juliao appeared to pull a hamstring and he too had to be substituted beforehalf.

Coming out for the second half, things couldn't have started worse for Sporting. Saprissa immediately won a corner. The corner was only partially cleared leading to a shot from distance. The shot deflected wide to Mora who had two Saprissa players in the box unmarked. He picked out Ariel Rodriguez who beat Lawrence Olum to the ball, turning it past Kronberg and into the net to make it 2-0 Saprissa and put KC out of the tournament for the moment. With the two goal lead, Saprissa did sit back a little bit, but still looked the more dangerous side on the counter. Rodriguez almost put a poor clearance by Kronberg into the net, and Kronberg twice had to make decent saves on a shot from distance and a 1v1 situation to keep the game at 2-0. Finally in the 65th minute, KC finally got a shot on goal as Toni Dovale turned and fired an effort towards the far post that ended up being easily saved by Donny Grant. KC did create some opportunities through set pieces, included Aurelien Collin flicking a throw in from Jacob Peterson to the far post, but no one from KC was there to tap the ball home. In the end there just wasn't enough from KC offensively to really threaten Saprissa and it really never did look like KC would threaten to find a goal that would have put them through.

Wizards Man of the Match - Jacob Peterson - Really no one looked that impressive tonight, Peterson, as he seems to always do at least had a drive on the field to try to make something happen.

Player Ratings - Kronberg 4, Juliao 4, Collin 4, Ellis 5, Sinovic 4, Olum 3, Claros 3, Feilhaber 4, Sapong 3, Bieler 3, Dovale 3. Subs Saad 4, Peterson 5, Dwyer 3.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Juliao Suspended for Season Finale

Sporting Kansas City's defensive issues just got worse ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls. Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced that starting right back, Igor Juliao was suspended for one game and fined for his actions in KC's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.

In the 55th minute, Juliao cleared a ball up field just in front of Philadelphia forward, Andrew Wenger. Juliao followed through on his kick, which didn't appear to be necessary and his cleats went into Wenger's midsection. The Disciplinary Committee stated that he "endangered the safety of his opponent," leading to the suspension.

It'll leave Kansas City with limited options against the Red Bulls. If Matt Besler is available, Peter Vermes could choose to play Kevin Ellis there, even though he's spent most of the season at center back. The other option, especially if Besler is still unavailable would be for Vermes to slide Jacob Peterson back to right back again. Peterson has played the outside back position for Kansas City a couple times already this year so it wouldn't be a shock move for him. Another option would be to put Sal Zizzo there, as he played there with the Portland Timbers. But based on Vermes use of him this year, that seems unlikely.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Match Day CCL - Headed to The Monster's Cave

It's all come down to this for Sporting KC in the Champions League. They are in Costa Rica headed into the Monster's Cave for the final game of Group 2. Sporting has a number of ways to advance. KC needs a win, a draw, a one goal loss, or a two goal loss where the team scores at least two goals. A 3-1 loss would see the teams go to the eighth tie breaker, draw of lots. A 2-0 loss or a loss by more than two goals and Kansas City is done.

Since Kansas City last played Saprissa, the club has gone through some changes. The club's head coach, Ronald Gonzalez was fired by the club and replayed by sports director and former player, Jeustin Campos. Saprissa lost Campos' first game in charge, but since then, the club has rattled off five straight wins. They certainly look confident heading into the final group stage game.

Kansas City on the other hand is not having the best run of form. The injuries and fatigue has finally caught up with Sporting it'd appear. Sporting has as many wins in the CCL since the start of September (2 in 2 games) as they do in league play (2 in 7 games). And they'll head into tomorrow's game without at least two of their designated players as Matt Besler is still recovering from his thigh contusion and Graham Zusi is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. With another important league match on Sunday and KC's limited options on the field, KC is going to be struggling through these final two games.

Juliao - Collin - Ellis - Sinovic
Olum - Lopez
Sapong - Dwyer - Dovale

Number to Remember - 2 - This is actually the second time that Kansas City has made a trip to the Monster's Cave. Back in 2005, the then Wizards had drawn 0-0 at Arrowhead before heading to Costa Rica. The Wizards took the lead in the second half through Jose Burciaga but gave up a late equalizer. At the time there was no away goals rule so the game went to extra time where KC gave up a second goal and lost 2-1 in the series. Kerry Zavagnin is the only member of the technical staff that was on the team at that time.

Key Match Up
- Kansas City vs the Monster's Cave - Estadio Saprisa is an incredibly intimidating atmosphere. There's a reason after the US beat Costa Rica in a snow storm in Denver that the Costa Rican FA tried to get the return qualifier moved to the stadium. The fans are right on top of the field and their main supporters group, Ultra Morada will be in the stands for the game after reports originally were that they would be banned from the stadium. So it's going to likely be a crazy atmosphere tomorrow for KC to deal with, probably one of the more intense ones most of KC's players have ever seen.

PREDICTION - This is going to be an extremely difficult game for KC. Saprissa is playing well right now and with the home field advantage will be extremely tough to beat at home. With the way that Kansas City is playing right now I'm not sure that this team will get the result that they need to go through.

SKC - 0
SAP - 3 (Rodriguez x2, Ramirez)

Former SKC Wizards Update

Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gabeljic
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Neal Kitson
Michal Mravec
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Konrad Warzycha

Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-1 win over Chicago.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Did not dress in New England's 2-1 win over Houston.
Bobby Convey - New York - Did not dress in New York's 3-1 loss to Columbus.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Started and played 89 minutes in RSL's 0-0 draw with Portland.
Michael Harrington - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 0-0 draw with RSL. Started and played 90 minutes in Portland's 3-1 loss to Olimpia.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 0-0 draw with RSL. Did not dress in Portland's 3-1 loss to Olimpia.
Eddie Johnson - DC - Started and played 76 minutes recording a goal and an assist in DC's 2-1 win over Chicago.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Not available until 2015 season.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Dessed but did not play in Toronto's 1-1 draw with Montreal.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Portland - Did not dress in Portland's 0-0 draw with RSL. Dressed but did not play in Portland's 3-1 loss to Olimpia.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Started and played 90 minutes in San Jose's 0-0 draw with Vancouver.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 3-1 win over New York.

Stefan Antonijevic - Fort Lauderdale - Started and played 90 minutes in Fort Lauderdale's 1-1 draw with Carolina.

Brian Fekete - Pittsburgh - Offseason.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Jonathan Leathers - Charlotte - Offseason.
Alex Martinez - Orange County - Offseason.
Kyle Miller - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Yomby William - Richmond - Offseason.
John Wilson - Charleston - Offseason.

Jamar Beasley - St. Louis - Offseason.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.
Paul Wright - San Diego - Offseason.

Korede Aiyegbusi - Auerbach - Germany - Started and played 25 minutes in Auerbach's 2-0 loss to Germania Halberstadt.
Scott Angevine - Vasa - Finland - Did not play in Vasa's 3-0 loss to PS Kemi.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Started and played 90 minutes in Chivas' 2-1 loss to Leon. Did not dress in Chivas' 5-0 Copa Mexico loss to Santos.
Mitchell Cardenas - Atlético Coatzacoalcos - Mexico - No game this week.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Offseason.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - Argentina - Lost 2-0 to Deportivo Riestra.
Daneil Cyrus - Ha Noi T&T (W Connection) - Vietnam (Trinidad) - Offseason.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Did not play in Cucuta's 0-0 draw wtih Expreso Rojo. Came off the bench and played 1 minute in Cucuta's 1-0 win over Jaguares de Cordoba.
Roger Espinoza - Wigan - England - Did not dress in Wigan's 0-0 draw with Brentford. Came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Wigan's 0-0 draw with Millwall.
Herculez Gomez - Tigres - Mexico - Started and played 75 minutes in Tigres' 1-0 win over Cruz Azul.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Offseason.
Jeferson - América RN - Brazil - Started and played 45 minutes in America's 2-1 loss to Bragantino. Dressed but did not play in America's 2-0 win over Vasco da Gama.
Will John - Maghreb Fes - Morocco - Drew 1-1 with Chabab Rif Hoceima.
Igor Kostrov - Veris - Moldova - Lost 3-0 to Sheriff.
Carlos Marinelli - Universidad San Martin - Peru - Did not dress in either of San Martin's games.
Neven Markovic - Servette FC - Switzerland - Dressed but did not play in Servette's 2-0 loss to Lugano.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Did not dress in Spartak's 2-0 loss to Ural.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Offseason.
Oriol Rosell - Sporting Club de Portugal - Portugal - Came off the bench and played 6 minutes in Sporting's 3-1 win over Porto in the Cup. Dressed but did not play in Sporting's 4-3 Champions League loss to Schalke.
Yann Songo'o - Blackburn - England - Did not dress in either of Blackburn's games.
Milos Stojcev - FK Sarajevo - Bosnia - Started and played 74 minutes in Sarajevo's 1-1 draw with Zrinjski.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - Started and played 77 minutes in Saarbrucken's 2-1 loss to Hessen Kassel.
Ivan Trujillo - Deportivo Lara - Venezuela - Did not play in Lara's 2-0 win over Deportivo Petare.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Espinoza Talk Continues

The talk of Roger Espinoza returning to Kansas City continues to make the rounds. Today, the BBC got quotes from Espinoza's current coach at Wigan, Uwe Rosler.

According to Rosler, Espinoza has twice come to the German asking to leave the club, Rosler said that Espinoza told him he wanted to return to Kansas.

At the time, Rosler said that he couldn't let the Honduran go, because "at that point we didn't have any midfielders."

Since the start of the season though, Espinoza has seen little time for the Latics, appearing in just two league games and one League Cup game. The second league game, came today, when he was a substitute against Millwall. Before that he had been over two months since his last appearance for the club, also as a substitute on August 16th against Charlton. It was his first time being in the 18 since August 30th when he was an unused substitute against Birmingham City. In that time since, he'd been relegated all the way to Wigan's U21 team.

Still, Peter Vermes has already stated that the club is not going to pay a transfer fee to bring Espinoza back. As Vermes said when the rumor originally came out, it wouldn't make sense to a guy who wasn't playing for his club. Then there's also the fact that Espinoza should be out of contract come the summer, making him available on a free. So while Espinoza may want to leave, KC may want him, and Rosler may be willing to let him go now that they have midfield, Sporting likely won't be bringing him in for a fee. That likely means that either Wigan would need to either release him from his contract or Sporting would need to wait until the summer window to bring Espinoza back to KC.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sporting KC College Academy Update

Commitments continue to come in for the class of 2015 and their college choices ahead of signing day next year.  Two more players have committed, goalkeeper, Andrew Blalock to Drake and defender Jack Freeman to Ohio State.

Here's this week's update.

Class of 2010

Brandon Fricke (Butler University) - D - RSr - Started in Butler's 1-0 win over Marquette. Started in Butler's 0-0 draw with DePaul.

Class of 2011

Eric Hymer (Fort Hays State) - D - Sr - Started in Fort Hays' 5-0 win over Southwest Baptist. Started in Fort Hays 2-0 win over Harding.

Raymond Lee (Saint Louis University) - MF - Sr - Started in Saint Louis' 1-0 win over Duquesne. Started in Saint Louis' 5-0 win over Massachusetts.

Eric Moore (Rockhurst University) - D - Sr - Did not play in either of Rockhurst's games.

Michael Oakley (University of Missouri Kansas City) - D - Sr - Came on as a substitute in UMKC's 3-2 loss to Grand Canyon. Started in UMKC's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Paul Oliver (California Baptist) - D/MF - Sr - Started and scored a hattrick in Cal Baptist's 3-2 win over Academy of Art. Started in Cal Baptist's 4-0 win over Dominican.

Jordan Rideout (University of Missouri Kansas City) - F - Sr - Did not play in either of UMKC's games.

Taylor Vinnage (Benedictine) - GK - Sr - Startd in Benedictine's 4-2 win over Avila. Started in Benedictine's 3-1 win over Central Methodist.

Class of 2012

Andrew Brown (Bradley University) - MF - Jr - Started in Bradley's 3-0 win over Eastern Illinois. Started in Bradley's 1-0 win over Central Arkansas.

Eric DeJulio (Creighton University) - D - Jr - Started in Creighton's 1-0 win over St. John's. Started in Creighton's 1-1 draw with Xavier.

Daniel Hare (Loyola University in Chicago) - D - Jr - Started in Loyola's 1-1 draw with Wisconsin. Started in Loyola's 0-0 draw with Missouri State.

Andrew Lightner (Dayton) - D - RSo - Started in Dayton's 4-1 win over Massachusetts. Started in Dayton's 1-0 OT loss to Rhode Island.

Andrew Miller (Baker University) - D - Jr - Did not play in either of Baker's games.

Nate Opperman (University of Evansville) - F - Jr - Came on as a substitute in Evansville's 5-1 loss to Kentucky.

Derek Schrick (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF - Jr - Did not play in either of UMKC's games.

Chris Tuso (Baker) - MF - Jr - Came on as a substitute in Baker's 1-1 draw with #2 MidAmerica Nazarene. Came on as a substitute in Baker's 2-1 loss to Graceland.

Shane Woods (Drury University) - F - Jr - Did not play in either of Drury's games.

Class of 2013

Joe Amico (Jacksonville) - D - So - Started in Jacksonville's 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky.

Chris Arce (Neosho CC) - MF - So - Started in Neosho's 3-0 win over Cloud County. Started in Neosho's 2-1 win over Dodge City. Started in Neosho's 1-0 win over Barton County.

Matt Bernard (Drake) - MF - RFr - Did not play in Drake's 4-0 loss to SIU Edwardsville.

Paul Dean (Rockhurst University) - D - So - Had a goal and an assist in Rockhurst's 2-0 win over McKendree. Started in Rockhurst's 0-0 draw with Bellarmine.

Seo-In Kim (Duke) - MF - So - Came on as a substitute in Duke's 2-1 OT loss to Davidson. Came on as a substitute and had an assist in Duke's 4-1 loss to #11 Notre Dame.

Adam Lightner (Northern Illinois University) - D - So - Did not play in Northern Illinois' 3-0 loss to Western Michigan.

Clay Stewart - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF/D - So - Came on as a substitute in UMKC's 3-2 loss to Grand Canyon. Came on as a substitute in UMKC's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Wes White (University of Missouri Kansas City) - F - RFr - Started in UMKC's 3-2 loss to Grand Canyon. Started and had an assist in UMKC's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Austin Wilcox (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF - So - Came on as a substitute in UMKC's 3-2 loss to Grand Canyon. Did not play in UMKC's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Drew Wilson (Fort Hays State University) - D - So - Did not play in Fort Hays' 5-0 win over Southwest Baptist. Started in Fort Hays' 2-0 win over Harding.

Kyle Vassar - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - D - RFr - Did not play in either of UMKC's games.

Class of 2014

Darby Cronin (University of Missouri Kansas City)- MF - Fr - Came on as a substitute in UMKC's 3-2 loss to Grand Canyon. Did not play in UMKC's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Andrew Dittemore (Missouri State) - GK - Fr - Did not play in Missouri State's 0-0 draw with Loyola.

Andy Ericks (Colorado School of Mines) - MF - Fr - Did not play in either of Colorado's games.

Heath Honold (Wake Forest) - F - Fr - Did not pay in Wake's 4-1 win over Boston College.

Mason Leonard (Drake) - D - Fr - Started in Drake's 4-0 loss to SIU Edwardsville.

Blake Levine (Baker) - F - Fr - Started in Baker's 1-1 draw with #2 MidAmerica Nazarene. Started in Baker's 2-1 loss to Graceland.

Matthew Lewis (Fordham) - D - Fr - Started in Fordham's 0-0 draw wtih VCU. Started in Fordham's 1-0 loss to George Mason.

Andy Lopez (North Carolina) - MF - Fr - Did not play in either of UNC's games.

Noah Mudd (Trevecca) - D - Fr - Started in Trevecca's 5-3 loss to Salem International. Started in Trevecca's 3-1 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan.

Joey Piatczyc (West Virginia) - MF - Fr - Started in West Virginia's 3-2 loss to Akron.

Cole Stevenson (Denver) - F - Fr - Came on as a substitute in Denver's 3-0 loss to USF. Came on as a substitute in Denver's 2-0 win over IPFW.

Austin Williamson (Northeastern State University) - GK - Fr - Did not play in either of Northeastern's games.

Zach Wright (North Carolina) - F - Fr - Came on as a substitute and recorded an assist in UNC's 4-0 win over Georgia State. Did not play in UNC's 1-0 win over NC State.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday After Stats

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 23rd in all competitions this year for KC, breaking Preki's record of 22 set in 1996.

Dwyer's goal was Kansas City's 400th in all competitions away from home.

Dwyer's goal was his 27th in all competitions for his KC career, tying him with CJ Sapong for the active leader on that list.

Dwyer's goal ties him with Sapong for 9th place in all competitions for goals scored with 27.

Dwyer's goal was his 10th away from home this season, he's the first player in KC history to hit double digit goals on the road.

Dwyer's goal was his 10th away goal in league play of his career for KC, tying him with Scott Sealy and Mo Johnston for 8th on that list.

The goal was Dwyer's 11th in all competitions away from home in his career with KC, tying him with Kei Kamara for 7th all time on that list.

Paulo Nagamura started his 200th game of his MLS career.

In the 46th minute, Seth Sinovic moved past Diego Gutierrez and into 16th place for minutes played in all competitions, he finished the game with 12,291 minutes played.

In the 58th minute, Sinovic passed Gutierrez and moved into 16th place for minutes played in league play. He finished the game with 9,796 minutes played.

Sinovic started his 11th game for KC, breaking his tie with Jose Burciaga for 16th on that list.

Aurelien Collin picked up his 31st yellow card in league play for KC, that gives him sole possession of 4th place on that list.

Where KC Stands With One Game Left

There's just one week left in the season for the Eastern Conference and there's still quite a bit to play for in the East. While DC United has wrapped up the top seed and New England has wrapped up the second seed, the other three playoff teams can still finish anywhere between third and fifth depending on the final results.

Here's how the third through fifth spots in the East currently stand after Columbus defeated New York 3-1 today in New York.

Points Wins
3 Sporting 49 14
4 Columbus 49 13
5 New York 47 12

Kansas City is ahead of Columbus because of the first tie breaker, wins.

Next week, Kansas City hosts New York at Sporting Park while Columbus hosts Philadelphia. Both games take place on Sunday, but the Crew kick off at 3pm Central time while Sporting and New York kick off at 7:30pm. So both KC and New York will know the result that they need before they kick off.

First things first, the simplest thing for Kansas City to do is to just win. A win and the result between Columbus and Philadelphia doesn't matter. Since KC owns the tiebreaker with Columbus at this point a win guarantees Kansas City a date with New England.

A draw or a loss for Kansas City and KC becomes reliant on the result in Columbus. If Kansas City draws with New York, KC would be guaranteed third or fourth as they would finish ahead of New York. A Columbus loss or draw against Philadelphia and KC would be third, a Crew win and KC would finish fourth.

A loss to New York next week, and the play in game is a guarantee for Kansas City. The Red Bulls would leap frog Kansas City with a win. A Columbus win or draw combined with that and KC would fall all the way to the fifth spot in the East, and would head out on the road for the wild card game. If New York wins and Columbus loses, KC would finish in fourth and host the Crew.

If KC falls into the wild card game, Sporting would play four games in 12 days, with the trip to Costa Rica this week in the Champions League. Then if KC gets through the wild card game, KC could end up playing five games in 15-16 days, certainly not an ideal situation for a team that is already suffering through a number of injuries and some fatigue.

Taking a page from on of the members of the Crew's Massive Report, here's a table with all the potential results.

What We Want to Happen 10/19

Sporting KC didn't help themselves out at all yesterday with the loss to Philadelphia. The result means that KC can only finish third through fifth in the Eastern Conference. It also means that KC's chances of hosting MLS Cup are incredibly slim. Kansas City can only finish ahead of one of the West's playoff teams, the fifth seed currently held by Vancouver. The Whitecaps are two points behind Kansas City in the single table. So with that in mind, here's a look at what we want to happen today.

Columbus at New York
What we want to happen - draw

Normally I'm not a fan of giving teams trailing KC both points, but in this situation it's probably for the best. A win by New York moves them ahead of Kansas City and into third in the East. A Columbus win puts them level on points with KC heading into the final game. A draw here would keep both teams behind Kansas City and still leave some outs for Kansas City to finish in third should KC draw with New York instead of win next Sunday.

Seattle at Los Angeles
What we want to happen - Doesn't matter

Really this game has no effect on KC at all, these two teams are battling for the Supporters' Shield, ending the season with a home and home against each other. The result means little to Kansas City.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sporting's Playoff Possibilities Slimmed

The post season possibilities just got smaller for Sporting Kansas City after tonight's game against the Philadelphia Union. With the 2-1 loss by Kansas City, KC can no longer finish in first or second in the East. The best that Kansas City can do now is to finish in third place. Depending on results tomorrow and next week, KC could still finish as low as fifth place.

The first half of the game, for the most part lacked in the way of serious chances for either side. But both sides had some half chances. In the 16th minute, KC had a good opportunity as Dom Dwyer got played in wide behind Philadelphia's defense. Dwyer beat Zac MacMath to the ball and crossed a ball into the middle, but there was no Kansas City player in the middle of the box to turn the cross home. The Union on the other hand, found their best opportunities on the counter, attacking KC's back line with pace. In the 29th minute they almost took advantage. Andrew Wenger beat Igor Juliao to a loose ball and raced into the KC half of the field. Wenger got defenders to commit before squaring the ball into the middle for Cristian Maidana who had Eric Kronberg 1v1. Maidana fired the ball right at Kronberg though who covered the ball and kept it scoreless. Just before half time another counter by the Union led to the games first goal. Lawrence Olum was caught in possession on a KC attack and the Union countered the other way. The ball got played wide for Vincent Nogueira who dribbled into the middle before laying the ball off to Brian Brown. Brown played the ball wide for Maidana. Maidana played the ball back into the midle where Brown had lost his mark and easily put the ball into the back of the net giving the Union the lead as the teams headed into half time.

The second half saw the Union start out looking for a second, but unable to convert as Noguiera curled a shot just wide of Kronberg's far post. The early miss proved costly for Philadelphia as shortly after, Soony Saad received a ball neither the top of the box with space. Saad dribbled into the box and tried to round MacMath but was brought down in the box. Jair Marrufo pointed to the spot immediately, giving KC a penalty kick. Dwyer stepped up and sent MacMath the wrong way for his 22nd of the season and 23rd in all competitions as KC was level. With the game level though KC couldn't really take advantage, really failing to create much in the way of chances against the Philadelphia back line. And in the 71st minute, KC paid for the lack of chances and Sheanon Williams picked out Maidana with a nice diagonal ball into the box. As Aurelien Collin went to pressure Maidana slide the ball into the middle for substitute Pedro Ribeiro who was completely unmarked. The forward had he time to take a touch before pushing his shot past Kronberg and into the net to make it 2-1 Union. KC again went searching for an equalizer but the chances weren't materializing. In the 88th KC had their best chance to find another equalizer as Jacob Peterson who was playing center forward was played into the box behind the Union defense. Peterson got some space and squared the ball back to the top of the six for Paulo Nagamura who had made a run into the box. Nagamura though put his effort from six yards out over the bar. KC couldn't create anything in the way of chances the rest of the way as Sporting suffered a big defeat this late in the season, their second of the year against the Union as KC ended with just one point out of a possible nine this year against Philadelphia.

Wizards Man of the Match - Eric Kronberg - Recorded four saves for Sporting KC in his return to the starting 11 with the injury to Andy Gruenebaum. Not much that Kronberg could have done with either of the goals as he was hung out to dry by his defense.

Player Ratings - Kronberg 6, Juliao 4, Collin 3, Ellis 4, Sinovic 4, Olum 3, Nagamura 5, Feilhaber 4, Zizzo 3, Dwyer 5, Saad 4. Subs Peterson 4, Medranda 4, Dovale NR.

What We Want to Happen 10/18

Along with Sporting KC playing today, there are four other MLS games. Most will have pretty much no effect on KC, but here's a look at what we want to happen today.

Montreal at Toronto
What we want to happen - Doesn't matter

Montreal is eliminated from the playoffs, and Toronto needs 4 results to go their way for them to even make the playoffs this year.

Dallas at Colorado
What we want to happen - Colorado win

Back to the whole MLS Cup host potential for KC, keep Dallas close to KC to allow KC the ability to finish ahead of them in the single table.

Chicago at DC
What we want to happen - Chicago win

Not that I have high hopes for this, but a Chicago win would keep DC within touching distance of KC, if DC picks up even a point, KC cannot finish first in the East.

Vancouver at San Jose
What we want to happen - San Jose

Really not much in this for KC as I don't expect Vancouver to make MLS Cup, but a San Jose win means Vancouver can not finish ahead of KC in the single table, and if both were to make MLS Cup, Sporting would host.