The mini-offensive slump ended in grand fashion, as the goals finally rained down for Sporting Kansas City in its 4-2 win over Toronto FC.
The game had many talking points: New DP Jeferson saw his first MLS action (going 90 minutes), Kei Kamara broke his nearly three-month goal drought (with two), the offense clicked on more than a few cylinders, the defense slid to pre-unbeaten streak form at times and the team showed a wicked sense of humor by poking fun of Toronto in the pre-game video introductions (though, said video has since been removed).
In other words, we've got plenty of questions to ask (and answer) this morning. Here goes.1. Pick one: Was KC really good or is Toronto really that bad?
Sporting Kansas City have enough talent in front of the goal to score if they create quality chances
. For the last few weeks, they haven't created quality chances. On Saturday, they did. Corner kicks were dangerous, Chance Myers/Kei Kamara abused Toronto's left back on numerous occasions, J´ferson is the real deal when it comes to passing a football, and Graham Zusi made great pass after great pass when he came on as a sub in the second half.
Having said that, Toronto wasn't very good. Which is being kind. The defense was out of sorts, the ball movement was stagnant and the left back was abused on numerous occasions by Chance Myers/Kei Kamara.2. Is there cause for concern with the way the defense played in the second half?
While the offense perked up, the defense fell back into a little bit of a rut. Now, that's not to say this was Los Angeles 4-Kansas City 1 all over again, but Toronto found multiple holes in the backline (especially between Matt Besler and Seth Sinovic in the first half and Daneil Cyrus and Chance Myers in the second) and both Aurelien Collin and Cyrus made bad decisions (poor tackle, horrible attempt to control the ball) that led directly to goals.
But I wouldn't worry. It was the first time the KC defense allowed multiple goals in 13 games. Not time to panic. It's time for Peter Vermes to tweak the plan a little bit.3. Was this actually the most important play of the game?
I think yes. If Jimmy Nielsen doesn't make that save, it's an entirely different game all together. (IT'S AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GAME*.)*Fans of "Airplane" hopefully got that joke.
4. Who was the man of the match?