The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City’s week to be forgotten continued Saturday night with a late 3-2 loss to Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Sporting KC followed up their 5-0 humbling at the hands of the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday by taking a lead on two different occasions against Crew SC, but ultimately coughing up those winning positions. Crew SC’s Kei Kamara failed to score in his first game against his former team, but the league’s scoring leader (18) played his part in erasing his new side’s first deficit of the evening. For a side with presumed Supporters’ Shield aspirations, Sporting might just look back at this week and say, “That’s where it got away.” With the victory, Crew SC jump two places in the Eastern Conference, up to third, ahead of Toronto FC and the New England Revolution. Meanwhile, Sporting hold steady at third in the West, though FC Dallas could leapfrog them with a victory later Saturday night.
Three moments that mattered
35′ — Kamara crosses to Finlay for the equalizer — Ethan Finlay to Kamara has been a productive passing sequence for Crew SC thus far in 2015 (to the tune of six goal), but Kamara to Finlay isn’t far behind. This time it was Kamara setting up Finlay for the fourth time in 2015, for the equalizer. For your offside-or-not interests, click here.
62′ — Zusi unleashes a thunderbolt from the corner of the box — Yet again against the run of play — possession 2-to-1 in favor of Crew SC — Sporting found themselves a goal, this time through the right foot of Graham Zusi. Zusi, starting in central midfielder for the suspended Benny Feilhaber, found a bit of space and time 17 yards out and…oh, just watch this beauty.
88′ — McInerney follows up at the back post to score the winner — Jack McInerney is 23 year old (yes, still), and the guy has already scored 37 MLS goals. If he can ever find a place to be the regular starter (he came off the bench in this one), he will easily reach the century mark and well beyond. He has and will continue to score lots of goals by sneaking in at the back post and cleaning up chances like this.
Man of the match: Tony Tchani
Goalscorers: De Jong (14′), Finlay (35′), Zusi (62′), Tchani (80′), McInerney (88′)