Sporting KC regains its footing in the East

08/13/2013 10:12 AM

08/13/2013 10:12 AM

In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy: "Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast."

What started as a potential game-of-the-week candidate between two Eastern Conference playoff contenders descended into full-blown craziness: 6 cards, 3 goals, 2 ejections, 1 player helped off the field and a fair amount of bad blood.

The cumulative result? The 3-0 win over New England helped Sporting KC get its footing back at home after a few shaky weeks and slip back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Read the full match report from

The Star

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Apologies for being a day late on this post, The Full 90's been under the weather since Saturday.

These two teams have some interesting history

Since 2010, some of the more memorable (for good and bad) Sporting KC matches have come against New England.

The (first) Diop Game . The Aurelien Collin ejection that was later rescinded. The dramatic Teal Bunbury "bobblehead" goal in 2011. The Irish Jig celebration game

. The "wind-aided" draw this year.

The last eight meetings between the two teams have featured 15 goals* (including two 3-0 wins for KC) and five ejections (including the two Saturday).

*That's 20 goals if you include the 5-0 shellacking KC gave the Revs in the U.S. Open Cup qualification match in 2011.

For the sake of the MLS Disciplinary committee, it's a good thing these two teams aren't scheduled to play again.

Speaking of refs I think Baldomero Toledo did a pretty decent job with that match. While he may have let the game get too aggressive, the foul calls were just about equal (KC had 16 to New England's 15). The biggest difference? New England -- especially Dimitry Imbongo -- lost their cool after Kei Kamara's second goal.

Instead of calming down after getting a yellow for dissent and a few warnings, Imbongo kept ramping up his aggression. Which led to his second yellow for a fairly soft elbow to Oriol Rosell's throat. If you've been warned for that specific thing, you can't do it in front of the referee less than 10 minutes later.

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