Sporting got a point. Philadelphia nearly doubled its goal output on the year in one game. Not a single home team won a game outright. There were 35 goals scored in 9 games. And two coaches got axed. Let's start the Kickoff by sifting through this mess.
• Vancouver narrowly edged out Chicago in the "quickest to sack its manager" race. After only 12 games,Teitur Thordason is out as the Whitecaps boss . Hours later, Chicago parted ways with Carlos de los Cobos
. Current director of soccer operations Tom Soehn will take control of the 'Caps for the rest of the season. Former Kansas City forward and current Fire technical director Frank Klopas will take over in Chicago.
• The Memorial Day sackings capped a weird weekend in Major League Soccer that saw not a single home team pick up a victory. To give you an idea of how bad it was, Portland (previously 5-0 at JELD-WEN Field)fell to DC United and Real Salt Lake (undefeated in its past 30 home games) lost 2-1 to Seattle
• The other crazy result?How about Philadelphia (only 8 goals scored on the season) scoring SIX goals against Toronto?
Toronto is up next for Sporting Kansas City.
• Hey, speaking of Sporting Kansas City... how good did it feel to earn a point this weekend?Even if it was just a 1-1 draw in Colorado,
KC gained a valuable bit of confidence heading to Canada this weekend.
• Down the Byline's Mike Kuhn was one of many KC fans who made the cross-Kansas trip to see the game in person.Here's his recap.
•Ryan Smith is up for Goal of the Week.
It feels like it's been 10 years since KC had a player up for GOTW. It's only been 2 months since Teal Bunbury was up for it.
•The Sporting reserves played Colorado early on Sunday morning, and the result was also 1-1.
Korede Aiyegbusi got the goal for KC. In addition to a few regular reserves (Julio Cesar, Eric Kronberg, Luke Sassano, Kevin Ellis, Birahim Diop, Milos Stojcev), KC was joined by two trialists (Gambian defender Omar Colley who got sent off with two yellows and Missouri Comets midfielder Leo Gibson) and two Academy players (Nate Opperman and Wes White).
• James Starritt at Sporting Times has some posted some absolutely stunning panoramic photos by KC fan Brice Christman.You really need to stop what your doing to study them.
• KC defenders Roger Espinoza and Shavar Thomas were in action this weekend with their national teams. Espinoza came on as a sub for Honduras in a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in Houston. Thomas played for Jamaica as they lost 2-0 against Brazilian club Palmeiras. He committed an error that led to a goal.
• Congratulations to Swansea City,as the Welsh club won promotion to the English Premier League on the back of a 4-2 win over Reading in the Championship Playoff Finals
. My colleague Matt Schofield will likely be disconsolate this afternoon.
• Now... about that Champions League final. As a Manchester United fan for most of my adult life, I've not had a whole lot to complain about when it comes to the Red Devils. It has been a fairly charmed supporter's life. And, really, I can't find a reason to complain about the thrashing Barcelona put on Manchester in the Final.
It was quite simply one of the finest exhibitions of soccer I've ever seen and Barca are quite simply one of the best teams I've ever watched.I'm not the only one who shares that view.
• Possibly the best story in the aftermath of the final was Eric Abidal, who had a tumor removed in March,