The Morning Kickoff is fairly incredulous this morning, having watched Sporting Kansas City uncork the least-impressive but simultaneously most-important4-1 win of the season
Paced by the excellent Graham Zusi -- who easily won my Man of the Match (take that Matt Schofield!) -- KC did something it hasn't done since March: Pick up three points, convincingly.
Sporting did it with an avalanche of goals that seemed to just sort of happen. Zusi's first goal came from a ripper from the edge of the box, Aurelien Collin's from a broken play off a corner, Zusi's second from the near half-line on a freekick and Luke Sassano's chipper from the edge of the box while KC was down to 10 men.
It's a huge win. A massive win. KC needs all the points it can capture from this point forward and three points on the road is better than anything.
However, the most remarkable thing is that they won this game with, essentially, a reserve team. With six regulars (Jimmy Nielsen, Michael Harrington, Roger Espinoza, Craig Rocastle, Omar Bravo and Ryan Smith) either suspended, injured or on international leave (and Teal Bunbury planted on the bench), the Swope Park Rangers beat a semi full-strength MLS that hadn't lost in 9 games.
Yeah, this is kind of a weird morning.You've got a radio right? Why not tune it to 610 sports radio tonight. I'll be joining Callum Williams as co-host on his weekly soccer call-in show.
Here is the MLS recap in one paragraph:
Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake drew 1-1, to the surprise of probably nobody. ... Houston won its first game in seven, beating Chivas 2-1. ... Portland dropped another home game withColorado chopping down the Timbers 1-0.
... The Galaxy hit the 90-minute mark with three points in hand and a 2-1 lead, but left the game with Toronto with just a 2-2 draw.How did that happen?
... Chicago beat Columbus, so no free Firehouse sub today. ...Steven Lenhart 3, DC United 2.
All of that MLS roundup though is a prelude to this:
Yeah. That happened on Saturday night. Eric Hassli is a bad, bad, bad man.
ESPN has corrected this issue, Hassli's goal is now Sportscenter's top play of the weekend.
Of course, Zusi staked his claim to goalazo of the week: