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**2012 Sporting Kansas City\Soccer Thread**

Sporting Kansas City was eliminated from MLS Cup contention after losing to Houston 2-1 aggreagate over the span of two games. They finished the year as US Open Cup Champions and a Kansas City team record of 63 points.

MLS Cup Final | LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo | December 1st, 3:30 CT









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Old 03-25-2012, 09:30 PM   #631
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Amazing game. Frustrating through most of it, considering Sporting had, what? 14 shots to FC Dallas' two or something? Still, fantastic match. Fun watching KU in the Members Club before kickoff. That timed out pretty well.

Also, I met Graham Zusi (I was even wearing his jersey) while I was eating breakfast in Westport. It's been a big day.

I wish I wasn't wearing that ****ing hat.

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:45 PM   #632
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Awesome game. Kei was maybe trying to aim low because he was shanking his kicks earlier in the game. dang dude. These boys are gangstas. Espinoza continues to play well.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #633
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Amazing game. Frustrating through most of it, considering Sporting had, what? 14 shots to FC Dallas' two or something? Still, fantastic match. Fun watching KU in the Members Club before kickoff. That timed out pretty well.

Also, I met Graham Zusi (I was even wearing his jersey) while I was eating breakfast in Westport. It's been a big day.

I wish I wasn't wearing that ****ing hat.

Zusi is a good guy. cool shot.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #634
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Awesome game. Kei was maybe trying to aim low because he was shanking his kicks earlier in the game. dang dude. These boys are gangstas. Espinoza continues to play well.
Roger is everywhere man. Chance had a real nice game. Convey had a rough go of it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #635
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:24 PM   #636
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Awesome time today! Had a blast! Cant wait til the LA game (hopefully I can score a tic in the Blue hell!)

Nice finally getting a chance to meet Zach Amazing after beig on this for 9 years I finally meet my first planeteer at all things a soccer game! LOL
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:34 PM   #637
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That first half was nearly unwatchable between the ref slogging down the pace of things and FC Dallas' offensive strategy of falling down.

Good to see Sporting rise above that (and rise above missing on like 18 chances).
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:41 PM   #638
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FC Dallas coach said, "They are much further ahead than any other team in the league and they have a lot of weapons. They play a style of soccer that is very disruptive, both going forward and defending. I donít think there is another team in the league playing at the level they are playing at."
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:03 AM   #639
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FC Dallas can eat a whole bag of dicks. I probably had the best view in the entire stadium of the "foul" on Blas Perez. It was a straight up dive. Atrocious. The referee was a moron all game, but in the second half, didn't have much influence on the game because Sporting had the ball the whole time lol.

Great to see them battle back. Great to see them beat a solid western conference team.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:40 PM   #640
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This is a really good read on the build up of play from this blog.

http://thebootroomblog.com/2012/03/2...-swiss-cheese/

All game long, it seemed like Sporting Kansas City would break through. The teamís perfect record was on the line, and FC Dallasí opening goal was against the run of play at Livestrong Sporting Park. And even after he missed a penalty kick and a couple of other chances, Kei Kamara was always a likely candidate to provide the winner.

In the 88th minute, he capped a stunning team effort that included five one-touch passes in quick succession, taking the ball from Kansas Cityís defensive third into Dallasí goal in about 10 seconds. Check it out here.

The biggest key to Sportingís build-up play is finding the open spaces that FC Dallas gives it. Letís pick it up when Kamara receives the ball in his own half of the field. Dallas plays a 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders and outside midfielders that like to press high to support the forwards. That leaves pockets of space on the outside of the field where overlapping outside backs in a 4-3-2-1 (such as Kansas Cityís) can find the ball. Myers made this run all game long, and he was dangerous from this position a couple of times. Kamara sees the space and plays the ball to him.



Dallas left back Hernan Pertuz has to shift to pressure Myers, and that opens up a space more toward the middle of the field for attacking midfielder Graham Zusi to find the ball. Look at Dallasí shape in this picture. The defenders are spread out by Kansas Cityís passing, so when Zusi gets the ball, there will be one place they are vulnerableÖ



Öand thatís in behind. Because Ugo Ihemelu steps to Zusi, that flattens out the Dallas defense. A back four thatís caught flat 40 yards from goal is always prime for a through ball. Myers sees the space open up, so he lays the ball off for Zusi and runs into it. More importantly, Kamara also sees the play develop and knows the space will be there for him to attack also. Check out his first move from a couple of screenshots ago; he doesnít stop after he passes the ball ó he keeps his run going, seeing the play develop.



So Kansas City has attacked the open spaces Dallas offered up to this point. Myers, Zusi and Kamara have shown great vision and field awareness that allows them to string together a good one-touch combination. Now comes a second factor in this goal: Hard work. Myers and Kamara donít just jog into the open spaces; they attack them with sprinting runs, piercing Dallasí defense, which is on its heels (look at Ihemeluís body position in the above screenshot).



Kamara blows past Ihemelu, Myers gets a step on Pertuz and now, Dallas is in trouble. One last factor to watch in this play: Kevin Hartmanís positioning. As the ball goes through and Myers looks like he might get to it, Hartman has to take up the proper position to cut out the cutback cross, which is Myersí only option with the speed at which heís moving, the direction every player is facing (toward the goal) and where the ball is going to end up (endline). Hartmanís positioning here isnít ideal. He may have been trying to split the difference between Kamara and C.J. Sapong, but a ball to Sapong is nowhere near as likely as a ball to Kamara in this situation, especially since Kamara has the inside track on his marker. Hartman should be closer to his near post; look at all the space heís giving up on that side of the goal.



Itís still not too late to remedy the situation. If Hartman takes one giant step (or two small steps) toward the near post, he gives Kamara a smaller angle at the near post. Instead, Hartman takes a big step forward, which doesnít help him out at all. Look at the difference here: If Hartman steps to the side (purple), his angle is much better than the one he gives himself by stepping forward (yellow).



That little bit of space makes a huge difference because Ihemelu is recovering to pressure Kamara, who feels the pressure on his back. He doesnít have much time or space to get his shot off; itís going to have to be one touch, and because of the direction from which Ihemelu is approaching, itís going to have to go to the near post. Kamara did blow past Ihemelu initially, but because the ball takes some time to travel from Myers to Kamara, Ihemelu has time to recover and frame the shot properly for his goalkeeper. Even though Kamara is right on top of the six-yard box, if Hartman is covering the near post better, itís a much tougher finish.



Look at where the ball crosses the line, and compare it to Hartmanís position (at the top of the triangle) if he takes a step sideways instead of forward a couple of frames ago. This shot doesnít exactly squeak in at the near post. Hartman may have been able to stop Kamara again, and the Sporting forward may have ended up dreaming about Dallasí goalkeeper and being robbed, if Hartmanís positioning is different.



I like this goal because of the myriad of lessons that can be taken away from it:

- How to find and exploit open spaces with good passing.

- The need for players to have their heads up to see these spaces.

- Working hard to win 1 v 1 battles in those spaces.

- One step being the difference between preventing a goal and losing in the last five minutes of a game that you once led.

In the end, this is a gem of a goal from Sporting Kansas City. The awareness, vision and work ethic the players display in making it happen puts it up as my early candidate for Team Goal of the Year. Further, it caps off a great performance that deserved a win. Finally, this goal shows what Kansas City brings to Major League Soccer this year ó entertainment value.

Sporting is a young team with a lot of energy, passion and talent. It should win the Eastern Conference (although the Houston Dynamo will have something to say about that) and challenge for MLS Cup this year if it can keep this early form going.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:20 PM   #641
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