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Sporting Kansas City Preseason: Nemeth scores thrice as Sporting KC defeats FC Tucson 4-2

Krisztian Nemeth notched a hat-trick as Sporting KC defeated FC Tucscon 4-2.

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Sporting Kansas City played an early afternoon preseason match against USL PDL squad FC Tucson and, after a lackluster first half, came out victorious with a ferocious four-goal second half.

This match was not available to be streamed, so we'll make due with a recap based on the SKC Gameday twitter account live updates. They started off with this lineup.

This is the second preseason game that SKC has played a 4-3-3 after rumors that there may be a formation change. This was a bit of a strange midfield with all three of them known for playing holding midfield or box-to-box roles with no clear attacker.

Sporting apparently had the lion's share of the possession but were not able to put any goals into the net. FC Tucson was also scoreless in the first, leading to a halftime draw.

Sporting rolled out a new lineup for the start of the second half, although Erik Palmer-Brown stayed in at centerback.

This is where things would start to get interesting. FC Tucson got on the board early in the second half, taking a 1-0 lead.

That lead would last for about 12 minutes before Sporting KC got their chance at an equalizer.

Nemeth would complete the penalty to put the match at 1-1. It was Nemeth's first goal of the day. The stalemate would not last long, however.

Nemeth was back at it just a few moments later, notching the match up at two goals a piece.

Jimmy Medranda would get an assist from Nemeth just a couple of minutes later to give Sporting KC their first lead of the match.

Nemeth would then put the icing on the cake to complete his hat trick.

Sporting KC would hold on to the two-goal advantage to finish the match with a 4-2 victory.

Who didn't play?

  • Matt Besler- With the national team
  • Jon Kempin- With the national team
  • Chance Myers- Recovering from torn ACL
  • Graham Zusi- Recovering from injured foot
  • Ike Opara- Recovering from chondral defect in ankle
  • Saad Abdul-Salaam- Reason unknown

Up Next

Sporting KC will open up their participation in the Desert Diamond Cup on Feb. 18 against the Colorado Rapids. The Wednesday evening matchup will be at 6:30 p.m. central and will likely feature the returns of Matt Besler and Jon Kempin after missing the first two preseason matches due to USMNT camp.