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There have been times this season when Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup credentials were in doubt.
There were doubts in the stands, the press box and the national media. Some with a bit of merit; some without. Some might persist even today. Some definitely will persist no matter the outcome.
The doubts began in the preseason when KC lost both Roger Espinoza and Kei Kamara to English clubs. Then again after getting run over by Los Angeles and Portland in the spring. After failing to defend the U.S. Open Cup trophy in a 1-0 loss to its affiliate club, Orlando City. After following up the biggest win of the summer (2-1 over today's opponent Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium) with consecutive 1-0 road losses to two teams that failed to reach the playoffs. After Kamara left for good on the last day of the summer transfer window. After watching designated player Claudio Bieler struggle with fitness and found himself on the bench.
Charles Gooch. 7 minutes ago