Wednesday, August 24, 2016

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

Ever Alvarado and Cameron Porter made their first starts for Sporting KC.

Ualefi made his debut for Sporting KC.

Paulo Nagamura has now played 570 minutes in international competitions for KC, putting him into 15th place on that list.

Kevin Ellis has now played 540 minutes in international competitions, tying him with Aurelien Collin and Oriol Rosell for 16th on that list.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sporting KC's Champions League Run on Life Support After Abysmal Loss to Vancouver

Sporting Kansas City's chances of advancing out of their group in the 2016-2017 Champions League took a major hit in Vancouver tonight as Sporting came out completely flat and could never recover as they fell 3-0 on the road to the Whitecaps. The loss drops Kansas City to third in the three team group with one point and a -3 goal difference through their first two games. Sporting's chances of advancing are now out of their hands as they'll need Central FC to go to Vancouver and get a win or a draw while KC wins their two home games for them to have a chance.

Things started out extremely ugly for Kansas City with the back line being exposed by the Whitecaps on multiple occasions. Just eight minutes in Vancouver grabbed the lead as Erik Hurtado got some space on Ever Alvarado on KC's left after a poor giveaway by Kevin Ellis off a restart. Hurtado played a lofted cross towards the back post where Cristian Techera was unmarked. Jon Kempin was slow to react to the lofted ball and couldn't get a  hand to it as it fell to Techera who headed into the net in front of Amer Didic who tried to get back on the line. Four minutes later Vancouver doubled their lead as Russell Teibert played a long ball over the top to Hurtado who beat Kempin to the ball, chipping the ball over the KC goalkeeper and into the net to double the lead at 2-0. With the 2-0 lead Vancouver was able to sit back and absorb the pressure from KC, Sporting was able to get plenty of possession, but most of it was well away from the goal for Sporting. With all the possession KC wasn't able to create much in the way of chances, unable to test Paolo Tornaghi in the first half. In fact while Vancouver sat back quite a bit it was Vancouver who created the better chances, with Jordan Smith testing Kempin twice in a couple seconds attempting to add a third goal.

Sporting started the second half off brightly with Connor Hallisey combining well with Diego Rubio to get KC's first shot on target, but he shot right at Tornaghi who made the easy save. Hallisey also had a penalty shout after being played in and tackled from behind by Matias Laba, but no call came for the second year man. KC continued to create half chances but didn't really test Tornaghi much. Then in the 64th minute the game was put on ice as Vancouver struck with a deadly counter after a corner kick. Laba played a great through ball right into the path of Techera who only had to beat Kempin one on one to make it 3-0 to the Whitecaps. The Whitecaps continued to look dangerous on the counter as the rest of the game went by while Sporting struggled to create chances with Vancouver able to choke out most of their chances before they even got to Tornaghi. The only positive for Kansas City in the end was that only one player that could see significant minutes Saturday played while Vermes rested the rest of the first team players he brought with him to Vancouver for the game.

Wizards Man of the Match - Connor Hallisey - I don't like going with no one, but I was close here. Hallisey gets it only because that 10-15 minute stretch to start the second half Hallisey looked confident and strong going forward. Unfortunately his finishing still lacked and KC couldn't find a goal.

Player Ratings - Kempin 3, Alvarado 3, Ellis 3, Didic 2, Abdul-Salaam 3, Mustivar 3, Nagamura 4, Appiah 3, Hallisey 4, Rubio 3, Porter 3. Subs Ualefi 3.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CCL Match Day 2: Finishing the Road

Sporting Kansas City close out the road portion of their CCL group play tomorrow night in Vancouver where they'll play their second game in four days against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. After a 2-2 draw in Trinidad last week, Sporting KC sit in second place in the group behind Vancouver who have three points after they won 1-0 in Trinidad. The draw though does put a lot of pressure on Kansas City heading into this game, as a loss basically takes advancement out of their hands and will require help.

Vancouver threw out their best 11 for the game in Kansas City on Saturday, needing to get their league season back on track, but a 2-0 loss keeps them outside the playoffs and looking over their shoulders at the on-rushing Seattle Sounders. The Whitecaps certainly won't punt tomorrow's game, as advancement from the group may be the only thing that they can take out of this season if they miss the playoffs. But they'll have the same tough balancing act as KC, as they travel to LA after Tuesday's game.

For Kansas City, their injury issues continue to mount at a really bad time for them. Three of the club's five center backs are questionable for tomorrow's game, and the two that aren't already played 90 minutes on Saturday, and one of those two is coming off an MCL sprain. It certainly creates a juggling act for Peter Vermes, does he start Kevin Ellis, who has played 325 of the last 360 available minutes or Matt Besler coming off the MCL sprain. One thing seems certain, Amer Didic will make his second start for KC at the other center back position. Vermes obviously has to be careful because with the minutes piling up he runs the risk of a player being slow to react and that can cause major issues for the team. Elsewhere on the field, Vermes has to continue to balance his team as the club still has to fly across country to Philadelphia for a regular season game on Saturday night. There's also been some talk that another Swope Park Ranger could be called in for tomorrow's game, specifically Ualefi, who played just 45 minutes (his shortest outing of the season) for the Rangers on Sunday.

Hallisey - Rubio - Porter
Nagamura - Ualefi
Mustivar
Alvarado - Didic - Besler - Abdul-Salaam
Kempin

Number to Remember - 7 - While Kansas City's road winless streak in all competitions is up to 11 games now, they have won a road game more recently than the club's 2-0 win over New York back in April. KC won their first US Open Cup game on the road against Minnesota United 2-1 in extra time. They'll be looking to break their shorter streak tomorrow.

Key Match Up - Diego Rubio vs Vancouver defense - Kansas City's back up striker hasn't exactly had a great first season with the club, having scored just twice in all competitions while playing just 471 minutes across all competitions. If there was a time to come out and show why KC signed him in the first place it'd be tomorrow.

PREDICTION - As I mentioned earlier, KC need some type of result tomorrow against Vancouver. A loss and KC is relying on Central FC to take points off Vancouver later in the competition in Vancouver. A draw puts Kansas City in a better position, needing to win their two home games in the competition to advance. If KC can some how get a win they'll firmly be in the driver's seat in the group, but still won't be able to afford a loss in either of their home games. As I mentioned before Saturday's game, Vancouver is in a very rough spot form wise and is also desperate for a result to try to right their season. It's an opponent that KC can take advantage up, but they'll need to finish their chances better.

SKC - 1 (Rubio)
VAN - 1 (Davies)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday After Stats

Matt Besler made his 195th league appearance for KC, tying him with Jack Jewsbury for 7th all time on that list.

Jacob Peterson tied a career high for league goals in a season with 4. He'd previously hit that total in 2007 and 2012.

Peterson's goal was his 6th league game winner for KC, tying him with 5 players for 11th all time on that list.

It was his 7th game winner in all competitions, tying him with 2 players for 13th all time on that list.

Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 27th in all competitions for KC, tying him with CJ Sapong for 11th all time on that list.

At 21 years, 214 days, Feilhaber became the 19th oldest goal scorer for KC in league play, moving past Omar Bravo.

He also knocked Bravo out of the top 20 for oldest goal scorer in all competitions, taking Bravo's place at number 20.

Feilhaber's goal was his 14th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Jimmy Conrad for 11th all time on that list.

It was his 16th at home in all competitions, tying him with Digital Takawira for 11th all time on that list as well.

Sporting Climb the Table

Sporting got some help from other results around the league before they took on the Vancouver Whitecaps late at Children's Mercy Park, and took full advantage claiming a 2-0 win over Vancouver to push them up into fourth place in the Western Conference.

Kansas City controlled the first half of play keeping the Whitecaps pinned back in their own end for long stretches. Just four minutes in Nuno Coelho curled a free kick just wide of the near post, although it appeared that Dave Oustad had the chance covered. In the 19th minute, Brad Davis rung the cross bar with a curling effort after a short corner that had beaten Oustad. Unfortunately the rebound couldn't be turned in by anyone for KC. A dominating half looked like it may be for not until the 39th minute when KC finally ended their long run of corner kicks without a goal. Benny Feilhaber drove the ball into the box where Coelho volleyed his effort on net. Jacob Peterson was standing in front of Oustad and redirected the shot past a diving Oustad and into the net to put KC up 1-0 heading into the half time break.

Early in the second half the Whitecaps had their best chance of the game on a header by Giles Barnes. Former KC defender Marcel de Jong got forward and had a cross into the box partially deflected by Graham Zusi. The ball fell to Barnes who beat Kevin Ellis in the air and got a header on target, but Alec Kann reacted very well and tipped it over the cross bar. Minutes later the Whitecaps again threatened in the air, this time on a corner, but Kann caught Kendall Waston's header easily. In the 62nd minute though Kansas City won themselves a penalty kick as Peterson was taken down in the box after a good one-two between him and Feilhaber. Feilhaber stepped up for his penalty duties but Oustad guessed right and easily saved Feilhaber's attempt. Fortunately for Kansas City though the linesman correctly raised his flag as Oustad was well off his line before Feilhaber took his kick. With a second bite of the cherry, Feilhaber made no mistake and even though Oustad guessed right again and got a hand on it but it wasn't enough to keep Feilhaber's effort out and put KC up 2-0. In the 75th KC probably should have made it 3-0 when Oustad could only push away a low cross by Zusi into the path of Davis who collected it and turned to shoot but had his effort saved by Oustad. Oustad was again called on in the 86th on a curling effort by Peterson that he could only palm away for a corner. The Whitecaps got forward late but really failed to trouble Kann any more in KC's net as Sporting won their sixth straight at home.

Wizards Man of the Match - Jacob Peterson - Continues to prove himself to be "The Answer" Kansas City needs on the wing to help take some pressure off of Dom Dwyer. His first goal was his fourth of the season, tying his MLS career high that he set in 2012 and in his rookie year in 2007. He also won the penalty kick that iced the game for Kansas City.

Player Ratings - Kann 7, Medranda 7, Ellis 7, Besler 7, Zusi 7, Coelho 6, Espinoza 7, Feilhaber 7, Peterson 8, Dwyer 5, Davis 6. Subs Mustivar 6, Abdul-Salaam 6, Nagamura 5.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Match Day 27: Late Night Action

Sporting Kansas City will take the field for a late night match up against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Normally this would mean that Kansas City is out on the West Coast, but tomorrow night the late night kick off will take place at Children's Mercy Park. Because of MLS' contract with TSN in Canada, Sporting's game against the Whitecaps in on national television in Canada. With the contract Kansas City will be having their latest home kick off in team history tomorrow night.

The Whitecaps are on the outside looking in currently in the playoff race, sitting in eighth place on 30 points. They're only two points out of a playoff spot though having nine games still to play including tomorrow. The Whitecaps though have had their struggles this season, just last week they fell at home to San Jose who had yet to win a game on the road up to that point. Their designated player in midfield, Pedro Morales hasn't been playing like a designated player of late, and the club will likely be without two of their better younger players in Kekuta Manneh and Tim Parker. They will though have Kendall Waston available, who has had some fun match ups with Dom Dwyer in the past.

Kansas City left a few first teamers back in Kansas City as the team traveled down to Trinidad for their first Champions League game. Dwyer, Graham Zusi, and Benny Feilhaber I'd all expect to get the start tomorrow for Sporting in the league match between these two. The question with tomorrow's lineup probably comes with the rest of the midfield and back line as Roger Espinoza and Soni Mustivar both went 90 minutes in Trinidad. If they play tomorrow you would think this would rule them out for Tuesday's CCL game in Vancouver. On the back line it becomes a question of whether Ike Opara is recovered from his injury he suffered in Dallas. If not Lawrence Olum would likely be partnered by Nuno Coelho as it appears Matt Besler isn't ready to return yet and Kevin Ellis will likely be saved for Tuesday.

Zusi - Dwyer - Peterson
Feilhaber - Espinoza
Mustivar
Medranda - Olum - Coelho - Abdul-Salaam
Kann

Number to Remember - 5 - That's the number of home wins that Kansas City has at home. While their form away from home has seen them go 11 games without a win, the club has won their last 5 home games out scoring teams 12-3. Five is also Vancouver's current winless run, having gone 0-3-2 in their last five games.

Key Match Up - Peter Vermes vs Carl Robinson - This game will be a mind game for both coaches. Vermes and Robinson have to be focused on the game tomorrow, because when it comes down to it, making the MLS Cup playoffs and the regular season are what get coaches fired in MLS, not the CCL or US Open Cup. With that in mind both coaches have to be trying to get the win tomorrow to improve their playoff standing. But there will also be an eye towards Tuesday's CCL game in Vancouver. Both sides could rest some players ahead of that game.

PREDICTION - Vancouver has been in poor form as of late, while Kansas City has been doing quite well at home. On paper this should be a great opportunity to create some space between themselves and the chasing pack in the playoff hunt. While an eye towards Tuesday though, Vermes could rest some players to home for CCL advancement. With the way that Vancouver has been playing though I think KC can take all three points in this game to carry the confidence heading into the big CCL match on Tuesday.

SKC - 3 (Dwyer x2, Feilhaber)
VAN - 1 (Barnes)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Taylor Joins Kickers Offenbach - Former SKC Wizards Update

Matt Taylor has joined a new club for the 2016-2017 season. After leaving FC Saarbrucken this offseason, Taylor has joined fellow German club, Kickers Offenbach. And on his debut this past week scored what proved to be the winner for his new club.

Also this week since they were both on the roster for yesterday's CCL game, Amer Didic and Tyler Pasher officially join the list.

Here is the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Pablo Escobar
Brian Fekete
Jeferson
Neven Markovic
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz
Matt Taylor

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston's 1-1 draw with Toronto.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England's 4-0 loss to Philadelphia.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 2-2 draw with Chicago.
Aurelien Collin - New York - Started and played 60 minutes in New York's 3-1 win over Montreal. Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 1-1 draw with Alianza.
Marcel de Jong - Vancouver - Started and played 66 minutes in Vancouver's 2-1 loss to San Jose.
Amadou Dia - Montreal - Did not dress in Montreal's 3-1 loss to New York.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - Came off the bench and played 1 minute in Seattle's 2-1 win over RSL.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - Dressed but did not play in Chicago's 2-2 draw with Orlando.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes in Portland's 2-0 loss to DC.
Kei Kamara - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England's 4-0 loss to Philadelphia.
Chris Konopka - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 2-0 loss to DC.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 3-1 loss to New York.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Dressed but did not play in NYCFC's 3-3 draw with Columbus.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes, recording an assist in RSL's 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Amobi Okugo - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 2-0 loss to DC.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Orlando's 2-2 draw with Chicago.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 45 minutes,scoring a goal in Philadelphia's 4-0 win over New England.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Dressed but did not play in Columbus' 3-3 draw with NYCFC.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Came off the bench and played 30 minutes in New York's 3-1 win over Montreal. Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 1-1 draw with Alianza.

NASL
Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) -Out injured.
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Did not dress in Tampa's 3-2 loss to New York.
Omar Bravo - Carolina - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Carolina's 2-2 draw Puerto Rico.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Started and played 90 minutes in Jacksonville's 2-1 win over Ottawa.
Michael Kafari - Puerto Rico - Started and played 90 minutes in Puerto Rico's 2-2 draw with Carolina.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Did not dress in Carolina's 2-2 draw with Puerto Rico.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - Dressed but did not play in OKC's 2-1 loss to Indy.

US
Amer Didic - Swope Park - On loan to Sporting.
Christian Duke - Swope Park - Started and played 90 minutes in Swope's 1-0 loss to Real Monarchs.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 0-0 draw with LA.
Ryan James - Rochester - Started and played 90 minutes in Rochester's 1-1 draw with Louisville.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Charlotte's 1-0 win over Wilmington.
Tyler Pacher - Swope Park - On loan to Sporting
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 0-0 draw with LA.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 1-1 draw with Cincinnati.

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

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

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - FC Mashhad - Iran - Did not dress in Mashhad's 1-1 draw with Foolad.
Scott Angevine - YPA - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes in YPA's 1-0 win over MuSa.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina - Did not dress in Belgrano's 1-1 penalty shootout win over Huracan.
Reinaldo Brenes - Belen Siglo XXI - Did not dress in either of Belen's games.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - No game until 9/14.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Dressed but did not play in Alajuelense's 1-0 loss to Belen Siglo XXI. Started and played 90 minutes in Alajuelense's 2-1 loss to Saprisa.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Offseason.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - No game until 8/22.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Did not dress in Queretaro's 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul. Dressed but did not play in Queretaro's 2-0 win over Dorados.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes in RoPS' 5-0 win over PS Kemi. Started and played 90 minutes in RoPS' 3-1 loss to SJK.
Igor Juliao - Fluminense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in Fluminense's 1-0 win over America Mineiro.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Slavia's 0-0 draw with Granit.
Luis Marin - CD Temuco - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Temuco's 2-0 win over Colo Colo.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in RoPS' 5-0 win over PS Kemi. Started and played 63 minutes in RoPS' 3-1 loss to SJK.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar -  Offseason.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Did not dress in Porto B's 1-0 win over Academico Viseu.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes in IBV's 2-0 loss to Valur.
Oriol Rosell - Belenenses (Sporting Club de Portugal)(loan) - Portugal - Dressed but did not play in Belenenses' 2-0 loss to Vitoria Setubal.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Pattaya's 2-2 draw with BEC TEro Sasana.
Daniel Salloi - Gyirmot FC Gyor (loan) - Hungary - Did not dress in Gyirmot's 3-1 loss to Ujpest.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 2-1 win over SV Rodinghausen.
Yann Songo'o - Plymouth Argyle - Started and played 90 minutes in Plymouth's 1-0 loss to Carlisle United. Started and played 90 minutes in Plymouth's 2-1 win over Notts County.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - Started and played 90 minutes in Deveronvale's 2-0 loss to Cove Rangers. Started and played 90 minutes in Deveronvale's 2-1 loss to Forres Mechanics.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - No game this week.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - No game until 8/21
Matt Taylor - Kickers Offenbach - Came off the bench and played 23 minutes, scoring a goal in Kickers' 3-2 win over Astoria Walldorf.

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

Amer Didic and Ever Alvarado made their debuts for Sporting KC.

At 33 years, 167 days, Paulo Nagamura moved past Mark Santel and became the 17th oldest player to start a game for Kansas City in all competitions.

Kevin Ellis' goal was his second in international competitions for KC, tying him with Claudio Bieler, Dom Dwyer, Soony Saad, and Onandi Lower for 4th all time on that list.

Seth Sinovic made his 157th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston for 11th all time on that list.

Sinovic has now played the seventh most minutes for Kansas City in international competitions with 876 minutes played.

It was Sinovic's 10th international appearance for KC, tying him with Matt Besler and Tony Meola for 7th all time on that list.

It was his 10th start in international play for KC, tying him with Besler and Meola for 5th all time on that list.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sporting's Defenders Help KC Rescue a Point in Trinidad

Sporting Kansas City's defenders had their scoring boots on in Trinidad tonight and helped Sporting kick off their CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Trinidad side, Central FC. Fielding a team that featured just one player who started on the weekend against FC Dallas and no Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer in the 18, it was Seth Sinovic and Kevin Ellis who helped fill the scoring gap for Kansas City.

The first half was a straight even match up between the two teams with both sides have some decent chances but both goalkeepers making some saves. Just four minutes in Jon Kempin was called into his first action for Sporting as some miscommunication between Kevin Ellis and Amer Didic allowed Kenwyne Jones to get some space to fire a shot from the top of the box, but it was on the ground and easily saved by Kempin. From there Kansas City started to control the game finding a lot of freedom down the wings against Central FC. Sinovic and Saad Abdul-Salaam were able to get forward often and combine with Connor Hallisey and Brad Davis to create space on the wing. Hallisey was involved in both of KC's best chances, first being played in by Roger Espinoza, but his shot hit the side netting and minutes later he returned the favor to Espinoza, but Sporting's captain saw his shot tipped away by Central's Javon Sample. Late in the half it was Central that started to create opportunities of their own and in the 41st thought they'd taken the lead when Jones headed in a free kick while going into Kempin. The Costa Rican referee called the goal back for a foul on Jones there for running into Kempin. Minutes later Jones had another header, getting over Ellis, but his downward header was easily handled by Kempin.

Just six minutes into the second half Kansas City were able to get themselves on the scoreboard. On a free kick about 25 yards from goal, Davis put his initial kick right into the wall. Davis collected the rebound off the wall and floated a cross to the back post for Sinovic who took a touch that got a little away from him. The ball ended up pinging off the trailing defender as he tried to knock the ball away, it then hit off Sinovic and past Sample and into the net to put KC on top 1-0. The lead only lasted three minutes though as KC had their own defensive issues. After the ball landed in the box Abdul-Salaam shielded a ball for Kempin to come grab but the KC goalkeeper was too slow to react to it while Abdul-Salaam didn't just get rid of the ball. As Kempin came for it, Central's Sean De Silva got a foot in before him knocking the ball to Marcus Joseph who fired past Kempin to tie the game at 1-1. KC's defense, still reeling from the first goal immediately gave up a second as Joseph played in a streaking Jones who'd left Didic well in the dust as he raced on goal and beat Kempin to make it 2-1 Central. After giving up the second goal KC seemed to settle down and put Central on the back foot for the rest of the game. KC pushed for the equalizer but some good goalkeeping by Sample kept Central in front as he made a good save on Davis after some work down the left. The equalizer did come for Kansas City in the 71st when Davis played a nice through ball into the box for Ellis who'd come forward on the play. Ellis rounded Sample as he went to ground and fired the ball into the net showing off some of his old skills as a forward to tie the game at 2-2. With the game level Kansas City went looking for a winner and certainly had the better of the chances and Diego Rubio and Nuno Coelho both had good efforts saved by the Central goalkeeper. Cameron Porter had a good header on goal but couldn't get enough power on it and very late on Abdul-Salaam beat his man to the ball and had a cross go all the way through the box without anyone touching it. Moments later the final whistle blew. Kansas City now sit tied with Central for second place in the group with one point. Next week they travel to Vancouver who currently lead the group with three points.

Wizards Man of the Match - Kevin Ellis - Did a decent job of keeping Kenwyne Jones in check for much of the game, limiting his chances on goal and then showed the skill and patience of a forward to beat Sample to tie the game at 2-2.

Player Ratings - Kempin 4, Abdul-Salaam 5, Didic 5, Ellis 6, Sinovic 5, Mustivar 4, Espinoza 6, Nagamura 4, Hallisey 5, Rubio 4, Davis 5. Subs Alvarado 5, Coelho 5, Porter NR.

Dos Santos Set to Leave the Rangers?

It appears that Marc Dos Santos' stay in Kansas City will be a short one. Nine months after being named the first head coach of the Swope Park Rangers, and less than a year since stepping down as head coach of the Ottawa Fury, it looks like Dos Santos will be leaving to take another head coaching job. Reports out of Canada are that Dos Santos will be returning to the NASL to become the first head coach of expansion side, the San Francisco Deltas next season.

The news was first reported by Canadian journalist Patrick Leduc this morning and has since been picked up by other media.

It'd be a blow to the Rangers, as it was thought to be a coup that KC was able to land the respected Dos Santos, who had led Ottawa to first place in the NASL's fall standings and was named the 2015 NASL Coach of the Year for his work with the club. This season with the Rangers, Dos Santos has gone 8-9-5 as the head coach of the Rangers and currently has them sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference, just one point outside a playoff berth with eight games remaining.

Losing Dos Santos would be a blow to the young USL squad for Kansas City that has seem some potential call ups emerge, from Amer Didic and Tyler Pasher who are currently with Sporting KC in Trinidad for their CONCACAF Champions League game tonight to Kevin Oliveira who was looking every bit of a potential attacking midfielder for KC before he tore his ACL.

His departure will certainly start the speculation on his replacement. Already this afternoon I've seen names like Sporting assistant, Kerry Zavagnin, DC United assistant, Davy Arnaud, Oklahoma City Energy coach, Jimmy Nielsen, and even current player, Paulo Nagamura taking over as the head coaching position for Dos Santos.