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Shades of Blue Soccer Show: Progression

Examining a tough draw with Vancouver and a check on the injury report ahead of Sunday’s match against the Seattle Sounders

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Conceding the late goal to the Vancouver Whitecaps extended Sporting Kansas City’s winless streak to seven games and this podcast is running short on positivity. But Cody, Aly, & Thad are here to talk you off the ledge.

We find something good - and something bad - from last weekend’s gut punch of a draw. The progression is happening, the team is starting to look like themselves again, but the result was the same. Yohan Croizet has been a hot button issue and the podcast is incredibly disappointed in his performance this season. But Matt Besler is back and his teammates and coach could not be happier about it. Taking a look at the stoppage time equalizer, we decide the majority of the blame goes to Felipe Gutierrez, although it appeared most of the team switched off for that vital moment.

Peter Vermes was recently interviewed and he mentioned SKC’s pursuit of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Giovani dos Santos. While it is hard to say how extensive these were, it does show this team’s search for players is never ending.

The team you love to hate, the Seattle Sounders, come to town this weekend. They will be without a player who has inflicted plenty of damage to SKC, Chad Marshall, who announced his retirement this week.

Thad gives an extensive report from training and Peter Vermes on the outlook of the lengthy injury report. Find out who is nearing return, and who the team will be without for the next several weeks. As always we get a close look at the lineup with the help of our readers in our weekly lineup poll. Who does SKC Nation want to start? And whose parents are just voting for them?

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