I'm tired. So tired. I'm tired losing. So tired.
Ok, so it doesn't work out as well as Weezer's "Tired of Sex", but the sentiment is the same, I'm plain tired of losing at this point. It's been over 2 months since the team won a game. It's been over a month since the team scored a goal, and that continued last night back at CAB as Real Salt Lake came in and got only their second road win of the season, beating KC 1-0.
The early portion of the game went back and forth with both teams having some chances. Herculez Gomez put an early shot wide of the post, and Kevin Hartman did a good job at stopping Andy Williams as he attempted to turn and shoot a few minutes later. As the half continued, though, it was Salt Lake that took control of the game, and were rewarded in the 18th minute. Salt Lake played it down the Wizards left, before squaring into the middle for Pablo Campos who was open after Jimmy Conrad got caught ball watching. Campos had time to pick his corner and easily beat Hartman to give RSL the lead.
Kansas City tried to come back, but their best chances were mainly from distance or off target. Claudio Lopez did have a few chances, including one where he made a long run from the midfield got into the box and forced Chris Seitz to knock the ball out for a corner. The game changed late in the first half, when Ned Grabavoy was sent off for a tackle on Gomez. Advantage was played at the time and the Wizards should have really equalized before the red card. Lopez played in a great cross to Jack Jewsbury who was unmarked in the middle of the box, but he put his header over.
KC made one halftime change, bringing on Zoltan for Adam Cristman. Zoltan helped the Wizards to continue to push the game for the equalizer, his speed of play and vision on passes should have been rewarded at least once if not more often with a goal, as he set up Gomez in the 58th minute, but he blazed his shot high and wide. KC continued to pressure and Lopez forced a good save out of Seitz in the 62nd minute. The majority of the second half was down in Salt Lake's end, and KC had a few penalty shouts that came more from the Cauldron than from the players on the field, including Gomez going down in the box, and a collision on a corner kick. In second half stoppage time, Zoltan forced Seitz into another good save on a ball headed for the corner. Unfortunately KC continues to struggle finding the net, it's now 4 games without a goal and only 1 in the last 7 league games.
Wizards Man of the Match - Zoltan - Zoltan brought something entirely different to the game in the second half. He was able to find players with passes and was getting into dangerous situations. You could tell he was getting frustrated with the way that many of his teammates were playing yesterday. He did enough in my opinion to earn himself a start next week against New England.
Player Ratings - Hartman 5, Watson 4, Besler 4, Conrad 4, Harrington 4, Gomez 5, Hirsig 4, Jewsbury 4, Lopez 5, Arnaud 4, Cristman 3. Subs Zoltan 5, Myers 4, Leathers 4.