Sporting KC finally got a win in Minnesota, winning 2-1 over the Loons.
The win keeps Sporting Kansas City atop the Western Conference after they notched another three points after a 2-1 victory over Minnesota FC.
This is the third jumpstart of a season, as the regular MLS season began back in late February and the season was soon postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Later, the MLS is Back Tournament was held in Orlando with Sporting making it to the regionals before getting knocked out by Philadelphia. Now, they have the latest restart of the MLS season and what better way to start things off than with a win?
This was a bizarre match, as all but one goal were the result of own goals.
The only non-own goal scored was the first goal of the match, which was scored by Gadi Kinda in the 12th minute of action. From there, things got weird, as Minnesota “scored” a goal after Ethan Finlay‘s shot hit Jaylin Lindsey and slipped by Tim Melia for a Sporting own goal. This happened in the 32nd minute.
Well, fortunately the weirdness wasn’t done there, as Johnny Russell took a shot, which deflected off of Michael Boxall and gave Sporting KC their second goal of the night along with Minnesota’s first own goal.
Having an own goal in any game is unique, but the fact that there were two in this match was – Well, interesting. Fortunately, both teams had one, otherwise drawing off of an own goal would have been tough to swallow.
As for the implications of this win, Sporting KC earned three points and now sits atop the Western Conference with 15 points. They got their first ever win in Minnesota and next will turn their attention to Houston, who they’ll play on Tuesday night.
It’ll be the first match held at Children’s Mercy Park since the league shut down in March and it appears that limited fans will be allowed to attend. Masks and social distancing are required, of course.
Sporting Kansas City is now 5-1 on the year and the rest of the season should be fun to watch play out, as the team has a lot of youngsters who should make their mark known.