The game in 100 words (or less): Oh boy. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Sporting Kansas City are in semi-real trouble at this point, with one game left in the regular season, a one-point lead for the sixth and final playoff place in the Western Conference, and the defending champions LA Galaxy coming to town on Sunday. Wednesday’s home date with the Colorado Rapids (tied for second-fewest points in the league – 30) was supposed to be the week’s “easy” clincher. Instead, Sporting KC let a bad Rapids side hang for far too long, pushed numbers forward, left themselves vulnerable on the counter and eventually conceded a pair of late goals. Heading into Sunday’s “Decision Day,” Sporting hold that one-point lead on the San Jose Earthquakes, who will face first-place FC Dallas in Texas, while Sporting and LA do battle in the heartland.
Three moments that mattered
71′ — Zusi hits the crossbar one on one with MacMath — Paulo Nagamura slipped Graham Zusi into the right attacking channel, where the Sporting midfielder found himself all alone against Zac MacMath, but Zusi’s powerful shot clanged off the crossbar and into the crowd.
78′ — Powers finishes the counter — The counter attack had been there for the taking all night long, if you’re the Rapids. Finally, after 78 long minutes, they found their breakthrough. Dillon Powers evaded a pair of Sporting defenders and chipped Tim Melia to make it 1-0.
86′ — Sarvas makes it 2-0 on the counter — As I said, the counter was their all night for the Rapids. Juan Ramirez and Marcelo Sarvas ran one out against a single defender and Melia, and the result was a second goal and Sporting’s season very much in trouble (with the Rapids now down a man).
Man of the match: Juan Ramirez
Goalscorers: Powers (78′), Sarvas (86′)