The game in 100 words (or less): Neither one of these teams is particularly good right now. Like, at all. The Galaxy’s excuse largely comes down to the fact that Robbie Keane was unavailable (injury) and Steven Gerrard is yet to arrive this summer, but Sporting KC’s issues from last summer and fall have carried over to the new season, as Peter Vermes’s side struggles to break down opponents and create enough quality chances. Both sides did an equally good job of frustrating themselves as they did their opponent. In truth, a pretty poor game with few chances for either side (eight combined shots on target). In the end, there was drama, which is all we can ask, isn’t it?
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Three moments that mattered
9′ — Husidic cleans up the mess, LA up early — Luis Marin had to do better to hold Stefan Ishizaki’s cross from the right, especially knowing three Galaxy players were lurking at the back post with not a single Sporting defender there to clear the spillage. Instead, Baggio Husidic was first to the ball and slotted it home.
22′ — Nemeth finishes a quick 1-2 with the chip — Benny Feilhaber’s quick diagonal ball from the top of the penalty area put Krisztian Nemeth one on one with Jaime Penedo, who came rushing out quickly, only to see the Hungarian forward delicately lift the ball over his outstretched arm.
94′ — Disaster strikes late for SKC — Juninho’s stoppage-time corner kick found the head of Omar Gonzalez eight yards from goal, and the towering center back’s header looked destined for the hands of Marin, but Bernardo Anor deflected the ball, en route to the ‘keeper, into his own net.
Man of the match: Juninho — Not only the game-winning assist, but the Brazilian is an absolute machine in the center of the field (55 passes attempted at 84 percent) and continues to run the game on both ends while the Galaxy continue to get by any way they can.
LA Galaxy: Penedo, Gargan, DeLaGarza, Meyer (Gonzalez 78′), Rogers, Juninho, Garcia (Vayrynen 66′), Ishizaki (Zardes 69′), Jamieson, Husidic, Gordon
Goals: Husidic (9′), Gonzalez (94′)
Sporting Kansas City: Marin, Anibaba, Ellis, Besler, De Jong (Dia 75′), Feilhaber, Carrasco, Espinoza, Zusi (Peterson 92′), Dwyer, Nemeth (Anor 75′)
Goals: Nemeth (22′)