I've decided that I'm going to write a book about the 2011 Sporting Kansas City season. It's going to be called Sporting Kansas City and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season. A season that was supposed to be filled with fanfare for a new stadium, new club name and rejuvenated fanbase has dissolved into a nightmare of bad breaks, injuries and poor performances.
This week was no different. Game before last, the team was a disaster. Sporting stumbled to a 4-1 loss to the L.A. Galaxy and, in the process, allowed a David Beckham goal that will no doubt be shown in montages after his retirement and death. But playing the Sounders in Seattle on Saturday, Sporting seemed like a different and better team.
Field. It was a recipe for success. They played a smart and grinding game that was about to end in a gritty 0-0 tie.
Until ... second-half stoppage time. Only a couple of minutes from leaving Seattle heads held high with a respectable if unspectacular showing,
Sporting's night came to its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad end.
Sounders defender Jeff Parke headed a corner kick past Sporting
goaltender Jimmy Nielsen, and it was all over. The image of Nielsen tangled helplessly in the net following the goal is the perfectly cruel metaphor for the
season as a whole.