This is a very specific Morning Kickoff, dealing with just two topics: Sporting Kansas City and the U.S. men's national team. Let's do it.
Does Sporting Club regret sending the team on a ridiculous 10-game road trip? CEO Robb Heineman calls the last five weeks "torture," but feels they still made the right decision.The Star's Terez Paylor has more.
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this week.MLSsoccer.com talks about how Sporting KC's 4-3-3 bucks tradition.
Well, some might argue it bucks tradition by not really being a 4-3-3. Given the road trip, Davy Arnaud switching to defensive midfielder and the advanced wingers pulling closer to midfield, you could call the formation a 4-2-3-1.
Regardless of what you call it, this much is correct: Peter Vermes will likely press more -- and higher -- at home than he did on the road.
Sporting midfielder Stephane Auvray played 74 minutes in Guadeloupe's 3-2 loss to Panama in the Gold Cup.
Now, time for Team USA,who go the Gold Cup started off right with a 2-0 win over Canada
. Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey were the goalscorers for the Yanks.
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahlgives his three thoughts on the game
The U.S. were able to dominate the midfieldon the strength of the Michael Bradley-Jermaine Jones partnership in the middle.
It's only one game, butJozy Altidore proved he belonged with the national team
Bob Bradley didn't have a lot to complain about on the field ...but he did complain about the field itself
. The game was played on about 3 inches of grass carpet over concrete.
Dempsey did this thing pretty much all game. "His thing" also includes attempting a "Scorpion kick" goal.