Sporting Kansas City "hulked" up last night and picked itself up off the mat witha 5-0 victory over New England's "B" team in the U.S. Open Cup
. We'll have more thoughts later this morning.
Sporting are now 2-0 in competitive games played in Kansas City this year and have scored 7 goals -- and Chance Myers has scored FOUR of those goals.KC's reserves beat Real Salt Lake's reserves 2-0 at Swope Park earlier this month.
Which, basically, means KC is unbeatable when they play reserve teams in Kansas City.
There were nine other teams supposedly in action last night.
•FC Dallas topped Seattle 1-0
behind another Kevin Hartman shutout.
• Landon Donovan scored his 8th goal of the year asLos Angeles dropped Houston 1-0.
The Dynamo haven't won in a month.
• Colorado and New York drew2-2 in an action-packed game at Red Bull Stadium.
• Just because it's interesting. Only four Eastern Conference teams have won road games this year: New York, Philadelphia, DC United and Sporting Kansas City. And all four teams have just one road win. Perspective.
• This is about as shady as it gets: With 30 minutes to play, the Vancouver Whitecaps were up 2-1 on aggregate in the Nutrilite Voyagers Cup. Then the bad weather hit and the ref called the match.Due to Canadian rules, the entire game will be replayed in its entirety this morning if the field is in good enough condition.
Replaying means Eric Hassli's goal will be removed and the score resets to 1-1.
This is the worst Canadian screwjob since Brett Hart.
• In the second MLS-Euro friendly of the season,Ajax beat the Portland Timbers 2-0
. It's the second loss for the Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field -- both were not MLS league games.
•Sporting KC’s homegrown ‘keeper Jon Kempin stood between the sticks for the U.S. U-18 team as they drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal yesterday.
Good for Jon.
• ESPN charts the rise of two Bunburys:One in soccer and one in Hollywood.
•American Stuart Holden was named Bolton’s player of the year.
Holden was a revelationuntil Callum Williams, erm, Jonny Evans and his British passion
took him out for the season.
•The Ryan Giggs scandal hangs over Manchester United and threatens to eclipse the Champions League Final.
As always, gossip and pointless chatter make for the best topics of conversation.
•Is Manchester United America’s Team? Discuss.
•Barcelona’s Spanish contingent on the verge of a near-perfect year:
World Cup, La Liga title and Champions League?
•Excellent New York Times' piece about why FIFA can’t ignore the corruption charges.
•A U.S. soccer attorney is at the heart of the FIFA bribery investigation.