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Seven layers of hell: Sporting Kansas City fall 1-0 at Colorado Rapids

Sporting Kansas City's winless streak hits seven matches as they fall 1-0 in Colorado.

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The story was the same. Sporting Kansas City controlled possession in the opening minutes and put a little pressure on goal, but never could put through a serious effort. Then, as the minutes went on, they lost possession, the opposing team scored and Sporting KC could not recover.

The biggest negative of a long winless spell like the one Sporting Kansas City is experiencing is the monotonous similarities of the matches, when Sporting KC is unable to fix the problems that have continuously plagued them through this stretch.

So when Sporting KC travelled to Colorado on Wednesday night, they pressured the Rapids early but could not get much of attack on goal. This was a team without Graham Zusi due to injury and without Benny Feilhaber due to a coach's decision, so without two of the more prominent attackers on the team, they were due to be lackluster on offense.

And that they were. They only managed one shot on goal in the entire match. Their lackluster offense, however, was mitigated for a time by the way they were able to neutralize the Rapids. The midfield tandem of Soni Mustivar and Roger Espinoza shut down Jermaine Jones in the center of the pitch and the Rapids struggled to attack as well.

At halftime, the match was 0-0.

The second half is where things started to go very wrong for Sporting KC. The first incident came in the 59th minute when Seth Sinovic, who has been battling injuries over the past two seasons, had to come off with an apparent groin injury, leading to Sporting KC's first sub of the night in Amadou Dia.

The second unfortunate event happened in the 76th minute, when Ike Opara earned his second yellow card of the match and was sent off. It was a very questionable call, as you can see in the .gif below.

Immediately following, Dillon Serna put the Rapids in the lead. After the ball pinged around the box follow a set piece, Serna fired through a mass of bodies in the box and put it in the net. Serna had just come on as a sub two minutes prior.

This would be too much for Sporting to overcome and they fell 1-0 to the Rapids. It was their seventh match in a row in which they did not win and their second time being shut out in a row. They have only two goals in their past five matches.

They return home to face Orlando City on Sunday at 2:30.