Sporting the clean white kits, KC came out playing with swag and turned in a rare dominant performance while only showing one shot that was off target. Dom Dwyer recorded a brace and his buddy Jacob Peterson added a brilliant goal as well.
They started the day below the red line in a lowly 7th place. But with the resounding 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders Sunday afternoon, KC leapfrogged the the Whitecaps, the Timbers, and (..wait for it) Real Salt Lake to climb into 4th place. Moreover, another defeat for the Sounders has buried them 10 points off the pace at the bottom of the table.
Sporting KC jumped all over the visitors right from the start. They were patiently moving the ball around the final third and creating multiple chances. Sounder net minder Stefan Frei was forced into a couple early saves and KC threatened with a couple of corner kicks.
The breakthrough would eventually come in the 21' minute. Roger Espinoza played a short ball in the air from the edge of the box right on the head of Dom Dwyer. He easily redirected the pass into the back of the neck like the proper lad he is. It was simple yet beautiful.
While Vermes was already dealing with injuries, Graham Zusi was unable to continue in the 41' minute and Connor Hallisey came off the bench to replace him. Jimmy Medranda also went down for a while causing the SKC faithful at Children's Mercy Park to gasp. But he was able to continue and turned in yet another solid performance.
Much like the classy white jerseys they were sporting, KC would double their lead in style. In stoppage time just before the half, Ike Opara started things off by playing Saad Abdul Salaam into space with a pinpoint pass. SAS was bounding forward and got to the end line. He cut it back for Jacob Peterson who curled in a phenomenal one-touch shot right into the upper corner. Frei could do nothing but give a courtesy dive for the highlight reel. The Answer came through and it was only second time in history that Sporting KC scored two or more goals against the Sounders.
But they weren't done yet. The chances continued to pour in throughout the second half. Hallisey booted a perfect pass from Peterson right in front of goal, Medranda almost killed a camera man after sending the ball just wide, and Espinoza came close as well.
The third goal would finally come in the 79' minute off the boot of Dom Dwyer. He completed the brace on an unassisted goal like a true centre forward. He took the ball into the box and fired in a powerful ground shot into net. With the goal, the 25 year old became the third player in club history (joining Preki and Josh Wolff) with three seasons of double digit goal totals.
The new addition to the attacking core, Cameron Porter, made his debut when he subbed on for Peterson in the 77' minute. With the game at hand, KC was just trying to close out the match at that point. However, Porter did very well with the time he had.
It is rare this team dominates a match and actually has the scoreline to prove it. But today was a great all around performance from Sporting KC. After struggling so much this season, they have shown the talent is there to stay in the playoff hunt... and maybe even make a run when it counts.
The win moved SKC from 7th place all the way up to 4th with 31 points and a 9-10-4 record. Next up the boys welcome the Portland Timbers next Sunday at 1pm.