This isn’t how it was supposed to go. This was the year that Sporting Kansas City had an opportunity to win multiple trophies. Dare I say a treble?
After finishing 1st in the West last year, Sporting KC entered 2019 with the highest of expectations. Those only increased after a dominant CCL performance over Toluca of Liga MX.
Then the wheels fell off.
Whether it be due to injuries, schedule congestion, lack of quality players, or some combination of all of the above, 2019 hardly went how Sporting KC fans expected. The Saturday night game against the Portland Timbers was a microcosm of the season-at-large.
Sporting KC entered the match on a three-game winning streak, playing perhaps their best soccer of the season, with an increasing hope that there might be hope for the playoffs yet. A lucky 65th minute Benny Feilhaber cross-turned-shot gave SKC a 1-0 lead that only further bolstered the hope of extending the playoff streak to a miraculous 10 years.
It wasn’t meant to be.
An 83rd minute Jeremy Ebobisse goal pulled the Timbers level. A 90’ +4 goal from Brian Fernandez was the final death blow for Sporting KC in Portland, and perhaps for 2019 as a whole.
Sporting is not mathematically eliminated yet, but sitting six points out of a playoff spot with five games left, the team must essentially win out if they are to have any chance of postseason play.
In this episode of No Other Pod, we talk about what all went down in Portland, and whether we think there is a realistic chance of Sporting KC pulling off the seemingly impossible. We also answer fan questions about where the club goes from here, talk some Sporting KC FIFA 20 ratings, and even touch on a bit of USMNT talk.
Give Episode 102 - Is the season over now? a listen now: