You know, I'm actually not sure I have a lot to add in terms of commentary for last night's 4-0 combing of FC Dallas. More or less everyone played well, and while an early goal and yellow to Zach Lloyd sort of set up the match for the three goal second half, Sporting played excellent on both sides of the ball, and essentially everyone played well to excellent. Krisztian Nemeth is starting to look like one of the best newcomers of the season, Benny Feilhaber is still playing amazing soccer, even if he could maybe have bagged a half trick before half time, and Graham Zusi didn't look like he lost a step during his time outside the starting lineup. Also should be noted that the rookie class of draft picks Peter Vermes picked up have all fielded some considerable playing time, and Connor Hallisey notched his first assist on a great back hell and overall had a really good game.
And it was nice to have a relatively dry match for once!
Lots of praise to heap on lots of people, but let's just let the player ratings do some talking.
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Marcel de Jong||4.5|
My only stray thought is that Espinoza has probably been consistently underrated, as his style of play doesn't really show up in the stat sheet, but he's had a solid season coming back to MLS.
But man of the match? Homegrown player Kevin Ellis, who nabbed the goal, the assist, and the clean sheet. Let's call it a Kansas City hat trick.
Oh, and the SKC U18 academy players beat the Dallas Texans 6-2 today. So that's back to back four goal wins over Dallas teams. This means... something.