Sporting Kansas City II’s seven game road trip did not end well, as they dropped their final match against Louisville City FC by a final score of 4-1.
SKC II manager Paulo Nagamura made a total of four changes highlighted by the inclusion of a Sporting KC loanee for the first time since March, as Tyler Freeman received his first professional appearance of 2020. Jaret Townsend joined him in the front three, replacing Wilson Harris and Fredinho Mompremier while Dillon Serna and Sam Raben returned along the back line to replace Isaiah LeFlore and Petar Cuic.
Things did not go well for SKC II in the opening 45 minutes as Cameron Lancaster opened the scoring just 10 minutes in before Corben Bone got his first of the year in the 29th minute. SKC II pulled one back in the 32nd minute after Sam Raben headed in before Lou City’s Corben Bone got his second of the night in the 36th minute to make it 3-1 at halftime.
Lou City added a fourth in the 53rd minute after Napo Matsoso’s strike trickled into the back of the net to make it 4-1. The wound was stabilized for the remainder of the match, and SKC II even played better towards the end, but a 4-1 scoreline is not the scoreline that they had imagined.
Wednesday’s loss keeps SKC II in fourth place of Group E on seven points with a record of 2-5-1 and six points back from a top two finish. Louisville City FC’s quality performance put them in second place on 13 points with a record of 4-3-1, with the goal difference tiebreaker working in their favor.
While Lou City played extremely well in pressing to force mistakes out of Sporting II, SKC II’s failure to adjust and continue to do the same thing over and over was not a good recipe. After returning to play and playing extremely well, things have taken a turn for the worse quite quickly with just one point from their last three matches, where they have also conceded eight goals.
Sporting KC II will travel back home for a home match closed to the public against the OKC Energy on Saturday, August 22nd at Swope Soccer Village.
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