Monday, August 5, 2013

The good news, bad news and good news of Sporting KC's Saturday defeat

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Sporting Park sets attendance records, but the team hasnt played to well there this year
  • Sporting Park sets attendance records, but the team hasn't played too well there this year

The good news: Sporting Park has set three attendance records in as many games hosted at the Kansas City, Kansas, soccer stadium. Sporting Kansas City's game Saturday, in which they hosted the New York Red Bulls, managed to outdraw last Wednesday's Major League All-Star Game with 21,304 in the stands during a humid afternoon game. The All-Star Game had broken a previous record-high attendance figure from the previous SKC home game against Toronto FC.

The bad news: Nearly all those from that record crowd went home disappointed following a 3-2 victory by the visiting Red Bulls. Sporting Kansas City put out its best defensive lineup (Seth Sinovic, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler and Chance Myers), but it didn't show on Saturday. New York, which spent most of the game seemingly comfortable allowing SKC to control the run of play, made the most of its few opportunities to slip past the uncharacteristically porous SKC defense and fire three pretty easy goals past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

SKC's offense, true to form in the last couple of years, had plenty of opportunities to put shots on goal, but most of them missed the frame.

The good news: Even though the loss to New York put the Red Bulls ahead of SKC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings, nearly every other team close to SKC in the standings flopped over the weekend. The Montreal Impact, who beat SKC the previous weekend with a last-minute tie-breaking goal, inexplicably lost to a terrible D.C. United side. The upstart Philadelphia Union lost at home to the Chicago Fire, and the New England Revolution also lost at home to Toronto. All that means is, SKC barely lost traction in the overall standings despite their loss to New York.

SKC plays next on August 10 when they host New England. Can they top an attendance record once again this coming Saturday?

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