Sporting Kansas City Defy the Odds; Continue Incredible Season Thus Far
Sporting Kansas City is on an absolute roll. Ever since their opening night defeat at the hands of NYCFC, Sporting has gone 9-5-1 and are unbeaten in their last nine total matches.
That trend continued last night as Sporting completed a ferocious comeback against the Houston Dynamo. After being down 0-2 at halftime and a slew of missed opportunities to start the second half, Daniel Salloi, Khiry Shelton, and Diego Rubio all scored in the second half to give SKC a 3-2 win, with Rubio’s goal coming in the 85th minute and Shelton’s goal coming in the 88th minute. Both goals were also off Daniel Salloi assists.
Not to mention SKC completed this miraculous comeback without captain defender Matt Besler, out with a concussion, and arguably their best player in midfielder Felipe Gutierrez, who has been out since undergoing sports hernia surgery on May 1st.
Over the past couple of seasons, it always seems that SKC is near the top of the table until the dog days of June, July, and August, where they don’t lose a ton of ground in the standings but seem to either end up with draw in a match they should’ve won or lose a match they should’ve had a draw with at the very least, which costs them a home match in the playoffs. Last night’s match seemed to be heading in that direction of one of those matches that we’ve seen before. But Manager Peter Vermes was not about to let that happen.
Whatever Vermes said to his club at halftime clearly worked.
SKC had not been the aggressive team in the first half and had several careless mistakes, one of which led to the Dynamo’s first goal in the 2nd minute of the match. SKC came out in the second half with a different mentality. They were looking to attack first and were always hunting the ball. Sure enough the aggressive play ended up tiring out the Dynamo’s defense and SKC wound up scoring two goals in the last five minutes of play to propel themselves to the win and picking up three points to stay atop of the Western Conference.
The fact that SKC was able to complete such a comeback without their captain Matt Besler and arguably their best player in Felipe Gutierrez demonstrates the incredible depth of the roster that SKC has, which bodes well for this club in the future.
SKC has also gotten decent production from the newcomers in midfielder Wan Kuzain (19 years of age) and defender Jaylin Lindsey (18 years of age), while forward Gianluca Busio (16 years of age) made his debut earlier this month. Ideally, SKC would ease them into the lineup like they’ve done with Salloi the past several seasons, but the young guns have proved they can hang with the big boys in an MLS environment, as defender Jaylin Lindsey wound up playing all 90 minutes in last night’s match.
When SKC gets all their pieces healthy, plus the slew of young and talented homegrown players that are getting experience, the future is very bright for SKC.