With Kansas City on a sports high right now with everything Royals, Sporting Kansas City had its chance to join the party and keep fans energized by securing a spot in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs against the lowly Colorado Rapids.
It wasn’t the night everyone had hoped for, however, as Sporting fell to the undermanned and cellar-dwelling Rapids, 2-0.
As stated after the game, Sporting knew what needed to be done in capturing the needed 3 points for a playoff birth, but the team simply didn’t get the job done. Embarrassing might be too strong a word for the loss, but it certainly was gut-punching with just one match left on the schedule against the defending champs LA Galaxy, Sunday.
In need of three points, the task is going to be a mountain to climb for a team in search of its fifth-straight playoff appearance.
Even worse for Sporting was the defense giving away two goals after the 77th minute, and unable to generate any offense of its own against a team which shouldn’t have been able to walk away with a victory at Sporting Park.
Despite the loss, Sporting can end the drama with a win over LA, otherwise, a loss would force them to rely on others in the Western Conference to help them out, which is never an enviable position to be in.
With a draw, they could squeak in because of their current standing above the red line in sixth place, however, with only a 1-point lead of San Jose, and win from the Quakes would vault them into that spot should Sporting lose or draw against LA.
With a loss or a draw from San Jose, Kansas City would back-door their way in to the playoffs helplessly.
For Peter Vermes, seeing his team under-perform in a must-win situation wasn’t a comforting sight, but the only option left is to hit the field hard against LA, which will almost certainly come out with the mindset of spoiling the day for Sporting.
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