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In which our heroes get their butts kicked and we have to wait almost a week to find out if they bounce back.

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Goals, slick plays, solid defending, man, if you're a D.C. United fan that was an excellent match. Maybe best result of the season? So, for us Sporting Kansas City fans, basically the opposite of that.

I don't want to dwell on it too much. Bad games happen. Injuries have hurt us (though they've hurt every team in some way, so let's not play that card too much).

Worst home loss at Sporting Park. First time losing by 3 or more goals since June of 2012.

Just a poor first half, honestly, and this isn't a team or back line that get's shell shocked. DC really just game planned right and road the early goal, never looked back. Second half both teams made some changes but Sporting couldn't get one back, and that was that.

I'm honestly not too worried in the big picture. In MLS, especially, parity happens, and any team can have a good day or a bad day, and well, that's what it looked like to me. Plus it was hot.

Oh well, let's toss out some numbers and be done with it, shall we?

DC United Key Stat
Bill Hamid 6.3 3 saves, clean sheet
Bobby Boswell 6.1 16 CBIs, clean sheet
Sean Franklin 5.8 7 CBIs, clean sheet
Steven Birnbaum 6.3 14 CBIs, clean sheet
Taylor Kemp 5.5 5 recoveries, clean sheet
Chris Rolfe 7.2 1 goal, 1 assist
Perry Kitchen 6.6 1 goal
Nick DeLeon 4.7 3 key passes
Luis Silva 6.6 2 assists
Davy Arnaud 4.9 2 key passes
Alex Caskey 4.1 1 minute played
Fabian Espindola 6.3 1 goal
David Estrada 4.1 3 shots
Team Average 5.7
Sporting Kansas City Key Stat
Jon Kempin 4.7 13 recoveries
Aurelien Collin 4.1 5 aerial duels wons
Seth Sinovic 4.4 86% pass accuracy
Matt Besler 4.4 9 recoveries
Lawrence Olum 4.4 9 accurate long balls
Igor Juliao 4.1 1 yellow card
Benny Feilhaber 4.7 4 tackles, 4 interceptions
Graham Zusi 4.4 11 crosses
Sal Zizzo 4.1 36 minutes played
Toni 4.1 3 tackles
Dom Dwyer 4.4 1 shot
Soony Saad 4.4 4 shots
CJ Sapong 4.1 2 crosses
Claudio Bieler 4.1 2 accurate long balls
Team Average 4.3

There. Now onward and upward.