The Full 90

The Full 90's Obligatory Review of 2011, Look Ahead to 2012

My best attempt at summarizing Sporting Kansas City's 2011 in a paragraph (or three). Here we go

Sporting Kansas City? What kind of name is that? ... Wow, Peter Vermes really reached with that C.J. Sapong pick in the SuperDraft. ... "Guys, I'm telling you, Sapong is a beast." ... Trialist #1. ... Off to Arizona. ... Trialists #2-7. ... Bench-clearing brawl with Real Salt Lake. ... Road trip from hell, yuck. ... Sapong! ... Omar Bravo! ... Freezing in Chicago. ... The Vancouver game, ugh. ... Road losses. ... Hey, it's Aurelien Collin! ... More road losses. The Los Angeles game, low point of the season. ... Vermes on the hot seat. ... Chance Myers? ... Chance Myers! ... Kansas City, last place. ... Livestrong Sporting Park? Magnificent. ... The first game at Livestrong Sporting Park? Dull, but at least a guy in a cow-suit scored. ... Graham Zusi tears a hole in the net. ...

The national team comes to KC. ... Jozy Altidore scores an absolute stunner. ... "We are excited to have gotten Jferson based on the fact that he is a player with the attacking qualities that can really help our team with the final pass and also scoring goals." ... Grinding out results. ... "Braaaavooooooooooo!" ... The boring Newcastle friendly. ... Kei Kamara's bicycle kick, wow. ... Bunbury's bobble-head dance. ... The Seattle game, ugh. ... "Who throws a bobble-head at a player?" ... Matt Besler's long throw-ins. ... The Dallas game, ugh. ... Brek Shea's hair, double ugh. Collin's disallowed goal against LA. ... Suck it, Houston. ... Kansas City, first place. ... The exciting Chivas friendly ... Playoffs? ... Playoffs! ... Freezing in KCK. ... "Will this be our year?" ... Houston can suck it. ...

Sapong, rookie of the year. ... "Nooooo, we can't lose Seth Sinovic!" ... "I'm OK with letting the longest-tenured player on the team and one of the classiest guys in MLS walk as long as we get Sinovic back!" ... So long Ryan Smith, hello Paulo Nagamura. ... Jeferson is released, 0 goals and 1 assist. ... "What will happen to the Sassano now?" ... Bobby Convey? ... Bobby Convey! ... Oh, Bravo's really leaving? ... Sapong, Bunbury, Zusi, USMNT. ... "Next year is our year."

Now that I've fulfilled my requirements as a sports blogger to look back at the year that was, I can get on to the fun stuff: Looking ahead at 2012, saying one last goodbye to those we lost this last year, posting funny photos/captions of Chance Myers, discussing my favorite TV shows/music, making dumb resolutions and handing out the Full 90's First Annual Player of the Year Award.

Questions that need answers in 2012

Who will fill the leadership void?


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