Embarrassing. Downright embarrassing. Sporting Kansas City played like the second worst team in MLS which is what San Jose was entering the game, but the Earthquakes looked like Monterrey in this one. Sporting couldn’t pass. They overran the ball when trying to pass their defender. Penalty shots were difficult as Krisztian Nemeth fired his attempt well over the crossbar. Things better change quickly for Sporting.
It’s really difficult watching Sporting play like this. They are a much better team than this. Was it just a bad game? I don’t think so. There appears to be a problem with how the team is playing right now.
Sporting has now lost to San Jose, a team that had just one win entering the game. They have tied Colorado, a team that has not won a game and has only tied two.
There were comments on Twitter implying that missing Roger Espinoza was the problem:
Missing Espinoza no doubt hurt Sporting but it’s no excuse for the way the team played. Sporting should be able to defeat San Jose without Espinoza rather easily if Sporting is as good as we believe.
Sporting said that the depth of the team was so good this season that they could play in both MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League quite well because they essentially had two equal teams. We have discussed previously how that is garbage. They don’t have that. They can’t have that with the financial structure of the league. And when we saw the second team play at CAI in the CCL matchup everyone could see that this was not the case. We questioned the two team talk at that time. Saturday we saw that Sporting didn’t have one team good enough to beat the second worst team in the league.
Peter Vermes is a quality coach. He will no doubt get Sporting KC back to their winning ways but it better happen soon. Sporting cannot continue to lose ground in the Western Conference.