Sporting Kansas City finally scored a home goal, but it wasn't enough as KC dropped a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Here are three quick thoughts on the result.
Sporting needs a finisher
The international transfer window shut yesterday and didn't improve what is now a glaring deficiency: Finishing. (It came out late Friday night that KC were trying to get a transfer done for Spanish forward Javi Guerra, but as Robb Heineman put it, it "didn't happen.")
Despite ending a 332-minute goal scoring drought at Livestrong Sporting Park on Saturday, the offense still sputtered where it matters most: In front of the goal.
Against Columbus, Kansas City took 25 shots. KC dominated the game with nearly 70 percent of the possession.
But the failures in front of the net were glaring.
Teal Bunbury missed an absolute sitter (not to mention a few other great chances); Kei Kamara had a ball roll off the line and wide; and Seth Sinovic and Matt Besler (defenders, granted) missed close chances.
Since beginning the season on a seven-game winning streak, Sporting is just 4-7-4 since. A lack of scoring is a big part of that record.
If you can stomach a second viewing, here are the Keystone Cops-esque lowlights.