On the strength of an early goal by Soony Saad, Sporting Kansas City beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in the MLS Reserve League. The game was broken up by a 30-minute weather delay at the Sporting Club Training Center at Swope Park.
Saad, who was the leading scorer in NCAA last year at Michigan, bagged his first professional goal in the game's 3rd minute. He was acquired in a weighted lottery earlier this season.
Midfielder Craig Rocastle saw his first action since a knee injury suffered in the Gold Cup, playing 45 minutes. Also, Trialist #1 has returned. (I have no idea who the current Trialist #1 is, but the first Trialist #1 this year was Julio Cesar.)
Sporting is now 2-2-2 in the MLS Reserve League Central/Mountain division. The Rapids are now 0-4-1.
KC's next game is August 28 against FC Dallas.
Today's Lineups:Sporting Kansas City
-- Eric Kronberg; Korede Aiyegbusi, Nick Cardenas*, Daneil Cyrus (Clay Stewart** 89), Chance Myers; Craig Rocastle (Trialist 1* 46), Peterson Joseph*, Soony Saad; Kevin Ellis, Teal Bunbury (Joey Piatczyc** 83), Milos StojcevColorado Rapids
-- Steward Ceus; Danny Earls, Scott Palguta, Michael Holody, Andy Holdsworth*; Ben Gill*, Joseph Nane, Ross LaBauex; Macoumba Kandi (Josh Janniere 78), Andre Akpan, Quincy Amarikwa*Guest Trialist
Sporting players rise Castrol Index
Major League Soccer released the July Castrol Index player ratings and Sporting Kansas City finds a few players in the Top 20 in the league and two more in the Top 100. Though, to most Sporting fans who read this blog, the players near the top shouldn't be that surprising.
Chance Myers, KC's oft-beleaguered right back, is the 5th; injured defender Aurelien Collin is 12th; All-Star defender Matt Besler is 19th.
Rounding out the notables: Omar Bravo is 38th and Roger Espinoza is 89th.
I tried to tell everyone last year that Myers was on the verge of breaking out. Injuries, however, kept him on the sideline much of the year. But, finally given a permanent spot, he's rewarding KC with a season beyond even his biggest supporter's imagination.
He's been so good, MLS's Armchair Analyst dubs Myers"quite simply the best attacking fullback in the league."
The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assess whether it has a positive or negative impact on the team's ability to score or concede a goal.
The MLS Top 10:
Landon Donovan, LA (9.26)
Thierry Henry, NY ( 9.17)
George John, DAL (9.14)
Nat Borchers, RSL (9.08)
Chance Myers, SKC (9.06)
Jamison Olave, RSL (9.03)
Carlos Valdes, PHI (9.00)
Omar Gonzalez, LA (8.91)
Ugo Ihemelu, DAL (8.90)
Chris Wondolowski (8.90)
Lorenz helps Minnesota to 3-1 win
Sporting left back Scott Lorenz, on loan to the NSC Minnesota Stars in the NASL, went 83 minutes on Saturday in the Stars' 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact.
It was the first appearance for Lorenz in Minnesota, who is Kansas City's only player out on loan.