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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 04-10-2012, 10:29 AM   #736
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #737
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #738
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The wife and I went out to swope park to watch the reserve team play tonight. Lots of fun and u recommend it. I was sitting maybe 10 feet from some pretty cool plays, including the last fight that got two chicago players red carded.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #739
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The wife and I went out to swope park to watch the reserve team play tonight. Lots of fun and u recommend it. I was sitting maybe 10 feet from some pretty cool plays, including the last fight that got two chicago players red carded.
I was out there. Couldn't believe some of that bullshit.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:29 PM   #740
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I figured that the guy taking pictures must have been you. Definitely a weird match. I'm glad sassano brought the ruckus. Soony and dwyer both looked good. Bunbury looked largely uninterested. I was surprised warzycha was playing center back.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:34 PM   #741
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I figured that the guy taking pictures must have been you. Definitely a weird match. I'm glad sassano brought the ruckus. Soony and dwyer both looked good. Bunbury looked largely uninterested. I was surprised warzycha was playing center back.
Well I was the guy in the hoodie and khaki shorts taking pics with my ipad...yeslling assholish things and trying to update the Cauldron Twitter.

Say Hi next time! Haha.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:54 PM   #742
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Oh. Wrong guy lol. I didn't know you ran the twitter feed. I must commend you. It is the funniest account in my feed.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:44 PM   #743
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Oh. Wrong guy lol. I didn't know you ran the twitter feed. I must commend you. It is the funniest account in my feed.
Ha, nice! Yea, we try to have fun with it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #744
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http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...s-clash-styles

You’ve read about, or heard about, or watched one of us natter on about Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake for a solid six weeks now. It’s been apparent for at least three that these are the two best teams in the league – sorry San Jose, prove it at New York this weekend and we’ll think about it; New York, start defending set pieces and we’ll think about it.

And now they’ll meet on Saturday (8:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online), before some 20,000 screaming Charlie Parker fans at Livestrong Sporting Park.

There are a lot of hooks to this one: Sporting and RSL are top of their respective tables; this is the earliest in the calendar year two teams at least four games over .500 have met in an MLS season (thanks to Peter Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau for that one); they have talent foreign and domestic, young and old; their managers are MLS legends, guys from the first generation of players to grace the league.

And most compellingly – for me, anyway – is they have wildly different styles.

Sporting run a high-pressure 4-3-3 system designed to step on an opponent’s throat and never, ever let them get air. They will run as hard as they can for as long as they can, determined to strip you of the ball then surge forward at pace and with numbers, an ethos that’s led them to a league-best 19 shots per game.

On the other side of the pitch RSL run a classic diamond-4 midfield in their 4-4-2. They’re designed to keep the ball, defusing any pressure with calm, cool possession. The ball has no lungs, after all – it’s the fastest thing on the pitch and it never gets tired. Make the opponent chase, even an opponent as fast and fit as Sporting, and eventually they will break.

That’s how it’s drawn up anyway, and all plans look good before a ball is kicked in anger.

Once it is kicked, however, all those shots KC take – the ones that their 5-0-0 start is built upon – could end up being the home team’s undoing.

Simply put: Lots of shots does not mean lots of goals. Sporting score once every 12 times they have a rip. For RSL, it’s once every 7.3 goes.

So not every shot is a good shot. Lots of them – ones from bad angles, ones taken off stride, ones when a teammate is in a better position – are just fancy ways of giving the ball back to the other team.

And if you give the ball to RSL too willingly or too often, they will pass you to death. This group has done it pretty consistently since late 2008, and are determined to get another trophy or three to show for it.

The danger is, in their pursuit of the ball and “shoot on sight” final third mentality, that Sporting often over-rotate. Yes, it can make for some free-flowing, attractive build-up as we saw on Kei Kamara’s goal in the 1-0 win over LA.

But it also leaves very wide gaps to shoot for a team that can get a handle on the game.

Any team that commits as many as seven players into the attack, including both full backs, runs that risk. Especially teams that have failed to score from farther than eight yards out this season - which is the case for KC.

Those shots are turnovers, and when your full backs and entire attack are pushed high up the pitch, there are plenty of gaps for a group skilled and disciplined enough to exploit them going the other direction.

Of the sides KC have faced this season, the closest to doing so were New England, even with 10 men. The key was Benny Feilhaber’s ability to drift deep, pick the ball up from the backline and carve diagonal passes through the Sporting midfield.

RSL will have their chances to do the same if form holds. They don’t have an individual as talented as Feilhaber, but they do have Kyle Beckerman and Will Johnson, both of whom are more than adequate at switching the field of play into stride. Beckerman, in fact, leads the league in passes made into the opposing half, and completes 86 percent of them.

Chances are he'll be hitting Fabian Espindola flaring out to one of the flanks as the forward tries to draw Julio Cesar out of his territory just in front of the SKC defense. If that happens, Espindola will turn upfield to combine with Luis Gil (Javier Morales is listed as “doubtful,” and there’s zero chance he goes 90 minutes), Alvaro Saborio and Sebastian Velasquez.

If that's the way it plays out, then RSL will have something no one’s been afforded this season: Time and space to operate in front of Sporting’s goal, and enough of the ball to put real pressure on the central defensive duo of Aurelien Collin and Matt Besler.

Still, it’s hard to see RSL imposing their style upon this particular game if Morales isn’t out there pulling the strings. Gil has gotten the bulk of the minutes at the point of RSL’s diamond, and while he’s given a good account, he’s not as polished on or off the ball as his mentor. Velasquez is a special talent, but few rookies are truly ready for a match of this pace and caliber. And if Espindola’s doing the bulk of playmaking, that means there’s one less forward in the box for Collin and Besler to worry about.

But enough talk for now - I'm tired of it too. Let's settle in and see if what happens on the pitch mirrors what's drawn on the chalkboard.

Matthew Doyle writes the Armchair Analyst column for MLSsoccer.com
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #746
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I cannot wait. If this game lives up to a quarter of the hype, it will be amazing.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:49 PM   #747
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So whats the feeling in KC area about this team? Is everyone pretty excited about tomorrows game??
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:05 PM   #748
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So whats the feeling in KC area about this team? Is everyone pretty excited about tomorrows game??
Optimistic. The only thing holding back optimism is the fact they are a Kansas City team. For real.

I think everyone knows it is going to be a really good game of soccer. They are the two best teams in the league going into this game and will prob still be thought of that way afterwards.

They have only conceded a single goal all year and that wasn't even in the run of play.

Sporting is filled with great players who have a role and play as a team. They win and they have fun doing it.
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I think CJ Sapong is the Tamba Hali of Sporting KC. He gets fouled EVERY ****ING PLAY. He will be a handful even if SKC doesn't have the ball they can always fire one over the top and he can muscle is way in.
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I think CJ Sapong is the Tamba Hali of Sporting KC. He gets fouled EVERY ****ING PLAY. He will be a handful even if SKC doesn't have the ball they can always fire one over the top and he can muscle is way in.
That would be a funny idea for a post. Comparing each Sporting player to their Chief equivalent.
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