Sporting KC suffered a 0-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday, Oct. 16, at Avaya Stadium. Sporting KC hasn’t had the best away record this season, as they’re 4-9-4 on the road in 2015.
This game was a big one, as KC now has two games left, and needs to win one of them to clinch a playoff spot.
The game started off slowly, as the game was scoreless after the first half.
Only 2 minutes back into the game after the halftime break, a ball was sent across the 18-yard box to the far post where Anibal Godoy finished the opportunity, simply touching the ball across the line with composure to put San Jose up 1-0.
“It wasn’t too concerning, the second half had just started, which meant we had time to try and tie it back up,” said Maddie Hill, freshman.
Sporting Kansas City continued to play calmly, holding the ball as they passed the ball around in the attacking third looking for an opportunity to strike back and level the game.
Such an opportunity arose in the 70th minute when Benny Feilhaber saw Lopez run into the left corner of the 18.
Feilhaber chipped the ball into the air, finding Lopez’ head at top corner of the six yard box. Lopez then proceeded to head the ball just over the top of the net.
In the end it wasn’t enough, and Sporting suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in a crucial game near the end of the season.
“I proud of our guys i thought we played very well” Peter Vermes, Manager, said to
Sporting KC after the game. “I thought we were good, we gave up a couple of chances, but so did they.”
Most fans, while agreeing with Vermes, didn’t share his lack of frustration when talking about the end of the game.
“It was sad that we had had pretty much the same amount of chances and they ended up getting the goal,” said Morgan Berry, Sophomore.
This loss sets Sporting KC in dangerous territory, as, with two games left, a win is needed to clinch a playoff spot.
“I think we’ll get a playoff spot,” said Hill, “but we’re not doing well right now, so I don’t think we’ll go very far even if we do get in.”
Sporting KC have seemed to be even with most of their recent opposition, but can’t seem to score, leading them to lose many games, and this loss to San Jose encapsulates their struggles perfectly.