So that happened.
While I thought the early Philadelphia goal was unfortunate, and maybe not even over the line, I had an odd sense of hope that, "Well, at least now we're going to have to throw everything at them", which I feel is when we play our best. And for the next ten minutes we actually seemed to. Dom Dwyer goal in the 16th minute? Come back is on, we've got this. And then just three minutes later the Union scored again and I had that dumb feeling of the inevitable frustrating home result against a team we should beat. There should be a simple term for that. In German, there probably is...
At any rate, yeah, we all know what happened at the end. Six minutes of stopapge time. Two goals. Super fun way to win, even if for long stretches neither team really looked like they deserved to win.
It was great to see the team fight like that. For the last ten or fifteen minutes it looked like the whole team was simply going to will the ball into the net, one way or another, and in the end that was exactly what happened.
Sporting still have some issues to sort out though. At times the midfield looked muddled, de Jong didn't have a quality match on the left side, and even if Jacob Peterson's own goal was a little flukey, he seemed to struggle for much of the match. Philadelphia has their own woes to sort, of course, and their new keeper Rais Mbolhi definitely had a night to forget.
In all honesty I felt it was a little odd of a game. Some great moments from both sides, some comical happenings, some frustrations, long stretches of sloppiness from both sides, and then six minutes of pure awesome to end with. In the end I'll take it, but going forward there's still work to do, and needing stoppage time winners to avoid losing at home to a team playing as not well as the Union (who, it should be said, came into the match with their own fair share of injuries and absences) are isn't going to cut it.
Then again, 3 points is 3 points and I'd like to think a win like that does a lot for confidence. And seeing Dom Dwyer get on the score sheet once (and perhaps could have/should have had more) was great. An in form Dwyer more involved with the offense is just what the team needs now and has me cautiously optimistic going forward.
Here's some player ratings to mull over.
|Sebastien le Toux||6|
|Eric Ayuk Mbu||4.5|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Marcel de Jong||3.5|
For me (and also my spreadsheet), the Man of the Match was Benny. Even if our midfield play was sloppy for times, his service was really good all night, especially towards the end, and notching two assist in a match without Graham Zusi was vital.