Sporting gets a late goal to win 1-0
Sporting Kansas City battled Minnesota United FC, the second-best team in the Western Conference standings, at Children’s Mercy Park on Thursday and walked away winners. Minnesota never got much of an offensive attack on Sporting so there wasn’t ever a concern that Sporting would lose this match, but Sporting couldn’t get an effective offensive attack of their own.
Sporting controlled possession most of the night and the ball was mostly in Sporting’s offensive end. Sporting out-shot Minnesota 22 to 12 which was not a surprise based on what we saw while watching the game. The frustrating point is that both team had just five shots on goal. Sporting was on offense most of the night but things broke down in the final third of the field. Sporting was settling for shot from outside of the 18-yard mark and wasn’t getting those on goal for the most part. Sporting had 12 corner kicks to Minnesota’s 2. That gives you an idea of how often Sporting was on offense compared to Minnesota.
Regardless of how much some people might want to dismiss Sporting’s performance and say that they ultimately won despite a non-impressive performance, I have to disagree. I have been on Sporting throughout the season when they have played poorly. They did not play poorly in this game. They dominated the game but struggled to put the ball in the net. Fortunately, they did finally find the back of the net in the 88th minute thanks to Erik Hurtado.
I have been down on Tim Melia most of the season. Few will say anything negative about Melia’s play, often blaming problems on the defense. It’s true that the defense plays a large role in preventing scoring but Melia has not had a great season. However, Thursday night he was really good. He didn’t have a lot of action but he did prevent a very good opportunity for Minnesota to score by cutting down the angle of the shot and handling an immediate rebound.
Sporting is now off until the Houston Dynamo visits Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday, August 31.
Royals lose completion of suspended game in Boston
The Kansas City Royals traveled to Boston Thursday to finish a suspended game against the Red Sox that started on August 22. They played for 12 minutes and lost 5-4.
The Royals were retired in order in the top of the tenth inning.
Richard Lovelady started on the mound Thursday in what would be the tenth inning of the game. Lovelady has struggled recently and this game was no different. After retiring Andrew Benintendi on a called strikeout, Christian Vazquez doubles. The Royals chose to intentionally walk Sam Travis. Former Royals player Chris Owings pinch ran for Vazquez on second and scored the winning run on a single by Brock Holt.
The Royals move on to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Indians starting Friday night. Jakob Junis will face rookie Zach Plesac.
The Royals announced the location and dates for their 2020 FanFest. It will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on January 24-25.
The Houston Astros blocked a Detroit writer from Justin Verlander’s postgame media session.
Major League Baseball is prohibiting Major and minor league players from playing in the Venezuelan winter league. President Trump placed an embargo on the country which prompted the decision by MLB.
New England Patriots’ safety Patrick Chung was charged with possession of a controlled substance..