Sporting KC drops home opener 2-0

Forward Johnny Russell headed a cross into the box. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Sporting Kansas City looked like a team still under construction in a season-opening 2-0 loss against New York City FC on Sunday evening.

The retooled offense showed flashes of its potential, but struggled to make the right connections for scoring, especially in the first half.

New Sporting KC forward Johnny Russell, playing from the left wing most of the game, was “incredibly dangerous” in the words of head coach Peter Vermes. He played in crosses from the wing as well as dribbling through defenders in the penalty area.

Newly signed Sporting midfielder Felipe Gutierrez won eight tackles and placed two shots on goal.

NYCFC got a goal in the 32nd minute by forward Maxi Morales, who got a cross from the left wing from David Villa.

New York got its second goal after halftime in the 53rd minute. Forward Jesus Medina, in his MLS debut, knocked in a cross he received near the penalty spot.

Sporting stepped up its offensive energy after Vermes brought in Daniel Salloi and Gerso Fernandes in the second half. The team maintained longer possessions and spent more time near the New York goal but still wasn’t able to get past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia attempted to shoulder blame for the score.

“We gave up four shots [on goal]. I just didn’t make any big saves. That’s on me. It’s not like we’re leaking shots and they’re getting opportunities all over the field,” Melia said.

Sporting KC will play on the road at the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 10. The next home game is Saturday, March 17, against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Forward Yohan Croizet launched a shot that went just wide to the left. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting forward Diego Rubio tried to recapture the ball from defender Maxime Chanot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez, right, tried to catch up with the ball near the New York goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Defender Cristian Lobato made an outstanding play racing back to break up a two-on-one breakaway near the end of the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Roger Espinoza took a shot in the second half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Gerso Fernandes was taken down just outside the penalty box by New York defender Maxime Chanot. Chanot received a red card. Sporting was awarded a free kick but was not able to score. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Defender Graham Zusi launched a corner kick in the opening minutes of the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia, right, greeted New York goalkeeper Sean Johnson before the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC unveils jersey for 2015 season

Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)
Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)

A new Sporting Kansas City jersey was unveiled Wednesday for the 2015 season.

The team plans to wear the jersey at 6 p.m. Sunday for the season opener against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. For ticket information, visit www.Ticketmaster.com.

The jersey has checks that are called a “window pane pattern.” There will be a matching jacket for players to wear on the field before matches.

Three inducted into Sporting Legends during last night’s Sporting KC match

Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park Friday night in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

At last night’s game between Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia Union, three were inducted into the Sporting Legends.

Club founder Lamar Hunt, manager Peter Vermes and six-time All-Star Jimmy Conrad received the honor.

Clark Hunt Jr., son of the late Lamar Hunt, said, “My father was a true visionary, he believed in soccer and how it is beneficial to the local community. We need to encourage soccer in our community. I feel we need to move forward.”

“We need to move forward, soccer was started here on the shoulders of Lamar Hunt who visualized what soccer and do for the local community. I’m really excited about what is going on with soccer in the Kansas City area. I’m only 37 years of age; I feel I need to be an ambassador regarding soccer. Who would ever imagine soccer popular in Kansas City in the old days. Now look at it. It is really exciting,” said Jimmy Conrad, former Kansas City Wizards team captain.

In the game against Philadelphia, the first half was scoreless. It wasn’t until the second half that things started to happen. Graham Zusi scored the first goal. It wasn’t until a little bit later that Brian Brown scored a goal for Philadelphia, tying the game.

After the game, the manager for Sporting Kansas City, Peter Vermes, said, “I feel we could have done better; however, Philadelphia Union is a real good team. They’re really disciplined.”

Graham Zusi said after the game, “I was really disappointed; I feel we could have won the game.”

Sporting Kansas City’s next game is in Vancouver, British Columbia, at BC Place on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Fans cheered during Friday night’s Sporting Kansas City match with the Philadelphia Union. Sporting The teams played to a 1-1 draw in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Clark Hunt Jr. accepted an honor for his late father, Lamar Hunt, founder of the soccer club, on Friday night at the Sporting Kansas City match. Lamar Hunt was inducted into the Sporting Legends. (Photo by William Crum)

Jimmy Conrad, former team captain for the Kansas City Wizards, was inducted into the Sporting Legends on Friday night. (Photo by William Crum)

Peter Vermes, manager of Sporting Kansas City, was inducted into the Sporting Legends on Friday night. (Photo by William Crum)

Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi scored his team’s only goal in the 1-1 draw Friday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. It was Zusi’s 20th career goal for Sporting KC. (Photo by William Crum)

Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park Friday night in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park Friday night in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)