Sporting KC II’s streaky season continued in July.
Opening the month with two wins, SKC II ended July with three straight losses without scoring.
July 2 — SKC II 4-2 North Texas SC
It was the Rauf Salifu show in SKC II’s Rock Chalk Park finale. The Ghanaian became the first player in MLS NEXT Pro history to score four goals in a game. Getting outshot 23-12, SKC II came away with a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Western Conference leaders.
July 10 — Colorado Rapids 2 0-2 SKC II
Kendall McIntosh stopped five shots to help SKC II to its third shutout of the year. The matchwinner came after 52 minutes when Cole McLagan knocked in a loose ball from a corner kick. Julian Vazquez made it 2-0 in the 70th minute with a wonderful left-footed shot to secure SKC II’s fourth road win this year.
July 16 — Real Monarchs 1-0 SKC II
Seconds away from coming home with a result, 10-man Sporting II left Utah devastated after conceding the stoppage-time winner. Coming on as a halftime substitute, Paul Agyei was sent off in the 65th minute for two yellow cards. After hitting a shot off the post, the ball fell for Benjamin Rodriguez again as he made no mistake on the second time.
July 22 — SKC II 0-3 Tacoma Defiance
With SKC II making their return to Swope Soccer Village, Tacoma proved to be too defiant for the hosts. After conceding just three minutes in, Marlon Vargas raced 60+ yards with just three touches to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute. Vargas found his brace in the second half after winning the ball with a physical challenge in the midfield.
July 31 — North Texas SC 3-0 SKC II
SKC II concluded July with another 3-0 loss, this time against the FC Dallas affiliate. Carlito Saylon, a 16-year-old Academy product, had three saves in his MLS NEXT Pro debut. North Texas forward Bernard Kamungo became the sixth player to reach double-digit goals with his strike seven minutes in. With a 2-0 lead, Kamungo headed in his 11th goal of the year in the 68th minute to secure all three points with a 3-0 win.
Both SKC’s first and second teams had promising starts to July, but a lack of production in the final third became a theme as the month wore on.
Wanna feel even worse about #SportingKC right now? With their shutout loss today, SKCII hasn't scored in 290 minutes. So combined the 2 teams haven't scored a goal in 707 minutes of action... Closing in on 12 HOURS without a goal— Mike (@downthebyline) August 1, 2022
Stats from June
2 wins; 3 losses
Goal Difference: -3
Goals Scored: 6
Goals Allowed: 9
Rauf Salifu — 4 (all vs North Texas)
Cole McLagan — 1 (vs Colorado)
Julian Vazquez — 1 (vs Colorado)
Guy Michaeli — 2 (vs North Texas)
Collin Fernandez — 1 (vs North Texas)
Esai Easley — 1 (vs Colorado)
Minutes Played (450 minutes possible):
- Esai Easley — 450 minutes
- Curtez Kellman — 391 minutes
- Collin Fernandez — 360 minutes
SKC II Season Leaders
- Rauf Salifu — 6 goals
- Julian Vazquez; Mataeo Bunbury* — 4 goals
- Cole McLagan — 2 goals
*Bunbury no longer with SKC II; signed with USL Championship side Birmingham Legion
- Collin Fernandez — 4 assists
- Julian Vazquez — 3 assists
- Guy Michaeli; Cade Thomson — 2 assists
- John Pulskamp — 3-2-1
- Kendall McIntosh — 4-5-1
- Ethan Bandre — 0-1
- Carlito Slayton — 0-1
- Kendall McIntosh — 2
- John Pulskamp — 1
- Kendall McIntosh — 34 (69.4%)
- John Pulskamp — 25 (73.5%)
- Ethan Bandre — 5 (71.4%)
- Carlito Slayton — 3 (50%)
23 points — 7 wins; 9 losses; 2 ties (0-2 in PK shootouts)
- 5th in Frontier Division
- 8th in Western Conference
- 14th overall
Sporting KC II will play four of their final six games in August, with two at Swope on August 14 and 28.