For the first time since early March, Sporting KC took the field at Children’s Mercy Park in front of fans. The end result was disappointing.
Sure it was nice to have Major League Soccer being played in actual stadiums and with real people in the stands cheering rather than pumping in crowd noise, but Sporting Kansas City‘s first game in front of fans since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic did not go well.
What ended as a 5-2 loss against the previously winless Houston Dynamo was a rough outing from the jump. Sporting fell behind 1-0 in the 17th minute when Alberth Elis put the ball in the back of the net.
Johnny Russell came to the rescue not long after with a goal of his own in the 26th minute to tie things up at one a piece. Unfortunately, Houston would take a 3-1 lead in what was a head scratching performance.
The second and final goal for Sporting Kansas City came via Gadi Kinda in the 49th minute, but that would be all that the good guys could muster in their return to Children’s Mercy Park. Darwin Quintero had two goals for the Dynamo, with both coming within five minutes of each other.
It was a disappointing performance for Sporting KC and fans are confused as to who this team is.
This is only the second match Sporting Kansas City has lost in the regular season so far and they’re still in great shape as far as standings go. But seeing a team with this much talent allow five goals and only score two themselves is puzzling to say the least.
Maybe it was just a bad night for Sporting and they’ll bounce back in time for their road game against Colorado this weekend, but when considering that Colorado has been a place where SKC has struggled over the years, that seems highly unlikely.
Hopefully this truly was just a bad outing by Sporting KC and they can get back in the win column this weekend.