Three thoughts on Sporting Kansas City's partly convincing, partly lucky 2-0 victory over Toronto FC. Kansas City got goals by C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar.
A tale of two halves: KC's struggle to find balanceI wrote about this
a bit on Friday night (early Saturday). Kansas City are a team that wants to play proactive soccer (controlling the ball and taking the game to the opponent) but have the tendencies (and personnel) to play reactively (sitting back, absorbing pressure and counter-attacking).
Tonight was a very typical example of those two styles battling each other.
In the first half, KC were the Dominant team (capital "D" earned), owning 67% of the possession and completing nearly 80% of their passes with 10 shots.
In the second half, Toronto took the initiative (possession was 51%-48% in KC's favor) and Sporting seemed to let them.
This game was calling out for a composed player in the second half to come on as a sub. But Paulo Nagamura and Bobby Convey were both out of the 18 injured. Instead, KC had a bench with very little experience. (Average age of the subs not including Michael Harrington? 21.3 years old. The age of the subs bought on? 21.6.)
Toronto aren't a very good team, and KC's lucky for that
You know the saying "It's better to be lucky than good?" Well, the opposite works for Toronto. Sometimes, you're so bad that you can't find luck.
Toronto bungled countless close chances, misplayed passes and generally looked bereft of ideas in the attacking third.
Perhaps nothing typifies their lack of luck like this: