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Return of Roger: Shades of Blue Soccer Show

Podcast S2:E17 - Sporting KC (and Cody) simply couldn’t hit the target on Saturday and why there is still reason to be optimistic going forward.

MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City Peter G. Aiken

The podcast is back after a buy week to discuss Sporting Kansas City’s loss to FC Dallas, players returning from injury, and give a preview of Friday’s match in NYC.

There was something in the stadium on July 20th that prevent anyone from making a shot on target. Everyone except Dallas, that is. We discuss Saturday’s Media Game and how Cody wasn’t the only one who couldn’t manage a shot on target. SKC took 18 shots on the day and it wasn’t until later in the 2nd half they managed to get two of them on goal. Coming off two straight wins it was a gut punch to lose this one at home. But the return of Roger Espinoza was a breath of fresh air and something this team was missing desperately for too long.

We have seen the light at the end of the tunnel for this stretch of injuries and everyone is back training except for Jaylin Lindsey and Rodney Wallace. Roger is a big one but while we still have the famous question of “Who is the striker” right now, Erik Hurtado will be welcomed back with open arms. We have a lineup discussion at all parts of the field. Does Yohan Croizet or Krisztian Nemeth get the nod up top? Who do you play in the absence of Felipe Gutierrez (yellow card accumulation)? Benny Feilhaber or Gianluca Busio? Does Vermes change the back line after a shaky performance last week?

New York City FC has historically (heh) been defined by big stars, but they are finding success this season without a household name. They know how to play on their small field, but unleashing crazy people like Espinoza and Croizet in a small area might be really fun to watch. As always, you’ll find a lot of positivity and optimism as we look ahead to this match.

...Especially without Thad on the pod this week.

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