With the world seeming to shut down due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) there are basically no live sports to watch in the world. And since we are a site dedicated to Kansas City soccer (and more specifically Sporting Kansas City) we thought it would be nice to have some soccer to watch.
What follows is a collection of our favorite games, moments and highlights for your viewing pleasure.
2013 MLS Cup
2013 Leg 2 vs New England Revolution
Seth Sinovic only scores big goals. Seth pushes it to extra time and Claudio Bieler finishes things off.
2013 Leg 2 vs Houston Dynamo
Eastern Conference final second-leg after a 0-0 draw in Houston. Dom Dwyer gets it done with the game winner. The worst part is the biased Houston commentary early on in this one. But Sporting get the last laugh.
2013 MLS Cup vs. Real Salt Lake
Of course you have to show the final.
Here is another video called “On the Edge of Glory.” It reminds me of those Behind the Shield things Sporting does.
And yet another one called “A fan’s view of MLS Cup 2013.” These two were definitely my favorites. Very well done.
2017 US Open Cup
2017 Open Cup Quarter Final vs. FC Dallas
One of my favorites. Seth Sinovic gets sent off in the 15th minute (thanks to a poor back pass from Roger Espinoza — I had forgotten that). Then Sporting try to hang on until penalties. Ike Opara gets a scary injury. The game ends with three goals (all in extra time) and three red cards. Wild stuff that would ultimately setup the 2017 US Open Cup winning run.
2017 US Open Cup Final vs. New York Red Bulls
As someone that lives in Arizona, it’s a challenge to get to Kansas City consistently for games. I made the trip for this one though and I’m glad I did. It was my first trophy I saw won live.
And here is the 2017 US Open Cup “Behind the Shield.”
The Other Trophies
2000 MLS Cup vs Chicago Fire
2004 US Open Cup vs. Chicago Fire
Apparently, the video doesn’t exist. We searched high and wide and I confirmed with fellow TBT staffers Thad Bell and Mike Kuhn it’s not out there. Wild!
2012 US Open Cup vs. Seattle Sounders
2015 US Open Cup vs. Philadelphia Union
“Jake, I go.” - Jordi Quintilla to Jacob Peterson
Is it weird that I know how all these penalty kick shoot-outs end but I was still nervous re-watching them?
2015 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Sporting Kansas City score three goals after the 80th minute to come back and win 4-3. Paulo Nagamura gets it done with a brace, including the game winner.
2018 vs. Chicago Fire
Random story. I was travelling for Spring Break and I was in Sequoia National Forest in California with no internet and no cell service. I missed the game and then intentionally kept my phone off until we got to Los Angeles where I watched this, spoiler free, multiple days after it aired. It’s always sweeter when you don’t know what’s going to happen (or more bitter if it doesn’t work out).
In this one Felipe Gutierrez gets his first two goals with the club. Johnny Russell gets his first goal. And new SKC backup keeper Richard Sanchez (as of 2020) was in net for Chicago in this wild outing.
2018 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Russell helps two Whitecap players find their way to the locker room early and Sporting route the Caps 6-0 (three of which were scored before the red cards). Russell gets three of them. What’s crazy is Ilie Sanchez actually missed a penalty kick in this beat down and Yohan Croizet missed from point blank range.
2018 vs. LAFC on Decision Day
Needing a win to lock up the first seed, Sporting KC instead got a red card and their hopes looked dashed. But Daniel Salloi and Khiry Shelton had something to say about that. That goal from Salloi also was his SKC Golden Boot winner from a fabulous 2018. Plus Roger Espinoza scores a banger.
2019 2nd Leg vs. Toluca FC
The one where the Mexican fans ole the road team. Gerso Fernandes and Krisztian Nemeth on the goals. Toluca gets a red card to add to their 5-0 aggregate loss.
2019 vs. Montreal Impact
It’s crazy how good this team looked after beating Toluca and then putting a beating on Montreal. Let’s not speak of the rest of that season. Maybe it was the lone Montreal goal in the 89th minute that was the start of the downfall.
2020 vs. the Houston Dynamo
The last match before the suspension of play across MLS and the world. None of the goals are particularly beautiful, but that doesn’t really matter. It was a nice game and a promising start to this season. Let’s hope SKC pick up where they left off when the season gets going again.
Bonus Game - Swope Park Rangers vs. Orange County
A fantastic game from the Rangers debut season. Sporting KC loanee Ever Alvarado gets sent off in the 69th minute. The OC Blues score immediately after that. Then SPR lose Tommy Meyer to another red card. Some how though, the 9-man Rangers find a way in extra time. Dane Kelly ends up being the hero but he had a chance in regulation too. Fun game!
What is your favorite? These highlights have a bit of a recency bias (outside the early MLS Cup). Post your favorites in the comments and maybe it’ll make it in the next edition of highlights to keep us distracted while we all “shelter in place.”