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Sporting KC vs Minnesota: Where was Ilie, New Bench Rules, Highlights and Stats

Some of the best Tweets you may have missed from last night’s game.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Minnesota United FC
Johnny Russell celebrates with Gianluca Busio, Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda after the game winning goal.
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We realize there are thousands and thousands of Tweets sent during a typical soccer game and that many of The Blue Testament readers don’t even use Twitter. So we thought we’d try something new and point out a few Tweets with news and insights that may otherwise be missed during a game.

Ilie Sanchez Update

Many were surprised when Gianluca Busio got the start at defensive midfielder for Sporting Kansas City against Minnesota United. According to the team, Ilie Sanchez had to miss the game for “family reasons.”

Speaking of Busio...

That’s quite a stat line.

And SKC’s Carter Augustine put together a reel of Busio’s actions for the night in his new role.

Vermes High on Busio as Well

A Night of Weird Goals

A cross bounces in and another cross hits a defender for an own goal. They all count the same.

Not pictured — the own goal from Jaylin Lindsey. What a weird night.

Timmy Timmy Timmy Timmy Timmy Tim Melia...

... he saves our goals. He saves our goooaaaoooaaaoolls.

An Exclusive Club

The Veteran Debut

Winston Reid, on loan from West Ham United, makes his Sporting KC debut. I must say, it went quite well.

High Praise for Felipe Hernandez

Roger Espinoza saying Hernandez is like him but better. The future looks bright.

Jaylin Lindsey Stays Humble

It didn’t all go well for Lindsey and I love that he recognized that openly. Let’s hope he gets more chances to show what he has.

Smith on Smith Action?!?

Terrible title, but I had to sneak my own Tweet in here about Graham Smith. No relation.

Rule Changes

No more 23 man game day rosters... whoops. Down to 20 so a mere nine available subs. At least someone corrected me (SKC PR) so I wouldn’t go on forever not knowing like a fool. The multiple mid-year rule changes are a bit tough to keep up with. The five sub rule continues currently until summer of 2021, but no word if MLS will adopt it for just half of their next season or if it may get extended again.

Just for Fun

Back Home Before the Sun Comes Up

Sporting KC flew in and out of Minnesota the same day. It didn’t seem to have an adverse effect but it’ll be something to watch, especially as the trips are further away and the games are packed tighter and tighter together.