Troubling Trends: Red cards, penalties and late goals

04/30/2014 1:19 PM

04/30/2014 1:36 PM

Forget about the loss for a second. Losses happen. Last year, Sporting Kansas City lost 10 games and still won the MLS Cup. (It happens to nearly every MLS team — since 2009, only five teams have finished the regular season with at most five losses.)

Sporting KC should be OK.

What's a bit worrying about KC's

2-0 loss in New England

last weekend though was the continuation of a few negative trends this year.

Only a quarter of the way through the MLS season and KC is drawing more red cards, suffering more penalties and shipping more late goals than usual.

Trend #1: Red cards

Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell and defender Aurelien Collin were both shown straight red cards for "serious fouls" this year. Rosell against Salt Lake, Collin against New England.*

*Surprisingly, it was Collin's first actual red card in MLS. His "first" red card was also against New England, but was rescinded after a review showed it was actually Birahim Diop who committed the foul.

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