I imagine Peter Vermes was right upset after the loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, as he should have been. That was a lousy performance.
What we saw last night was more or less the opposite of that.
Another new lineup (a new lineup every game! I almost want to see the trend continue for the rest of the season) and this time, a new result. A 4-1 spanking of Toronto FC. On the one hand, it could have maybe been worse. Two early penalty kicks put TFC into a hole that made them come out and play a more open game, which I think always benefits Sporting Kansas City, and then Jackson did... well, that. Just Jackson being Jackson I guess? I don't know that I've ever seen a 3 on 0 go as wrong as that did honestly, but I'll take it. Jon Kempin (whom, henceforth, shall be known as Tiny Puma) did well enough on that play to position himself in a way that gave Aurelien Collin enough time to back track and make a fine play.
And how about that Soony Saad strike, eh? ♪♫ Oh my god, it's a mirage, I'm telling all ya'll it was Soony Saad! ♫♪
Anyway, let's look at some numbers.
|Toronto FC||Key Stat|
|Joe Bendik||4.3||4 goals conceded|
|Justin Morrow||4.3||4 goals conceded|
|Doniel Henry||4.6||8 CBIs|
|Nick Haglund||4.3||5 recoveries|
|Collin Warner||5.8||1 assist|
|Jonathon Osorio||4.9||91% pass accuracy|
|Jackson||4.6||1 big chance missed|
|Michael Bradley||4.6||3 accurate long balls|
|Kyle Bekker||4.3||7 minutes played|
|Luke Moore||4.6||Honestly, pretty invisible|
|Dominic Oduro||5.5||1 assist|
|Bright Dike||4.3||1 shoe lost|
|Daniel Lovitz||4.3||17 minutes played|
|Sporting Kansas City||Key Stat|
|Jon Kempin||4.9||1 Big Save|
|Aurelien Collin||4.9||1 Big Clearence|
|Lawrence Olum||4.6||82% pass accuracy|
|Matt Besler||4.6||5 recoveries|
|Seth Sinovic||4.6||85% pass accuracy|
|Igor Juliao||4.6||5 CBIs|
|Benny Feilhaber||5.2||1 Penalty Earned|
|Graham Zusi||5.8||1 Assist|
|Sal Zizzo||4.6||4 recoveries|
|Jorge Claros||4.3||93% pass accuracy|
|Dom Dwyer||8.3||2 penalty kicks converted|
|Soony Saad||7.4||1 goal|
|C J Sapong||5.8||1 goal|
|Claudio Bieler||4.3||11 minutes played|
So, yeah. I feel bad giving MotM honors to Dom Dwyer for converting two PKs, even if it's not that easy. But, ignoring Dwyer, let's give a nod to Soony Saad. He played really well, and, honestly, damn. What a good goal.
Disagreement in the comments. Go.