Aug 28, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT
Teal Bunbury’s season-ending injury is awful news for the young U.S. international and a real downer for everyone who makes the Blue Hell a little more hellish around Livestrong Sporting Park.
But all hope is surely not lost for SKC supporters. Far from it.
In terms of the bigger picture impact to Sporting Kansas City and its chances at capturing the playoff grandeur that proved slippery last year? Bunbury’s loss certainly won’t help, but the damage is fairly well contained.
First, having C.J. Sapong (pictured) as a backup is a blessing. The young striker isn’t fully fit just yet, but SKC manager Peter Vermes said after Sunday’s match that Sapong is 85-90 percent there. Get better fast, kid!
Physically, Sapong may not be quite at Bunbury’s level. But he’s not miles away, and his soccer IQ may actually be a little higher. So, that is impact softener No. 1.
Other options: Kei Kamara works as a wide man in the club’s 4-3-3 because he’s willing to put in the work along the wings, providing defensive cover in the right spots. But he always looks like a striker, one who is dutifully filling a role in a wide man’s position. He was an out-and-out striker before at Kansas City and at Houston, and he can be an effective one again.
If Kamara comes inside, that leaves at least one wing position open. I checked with Sporting KC spokesman Rob Thomson this morning. He said Bobby Convey is still fighting that hard-to-mend hamstring strain but expects the left-winger to commence full-on training within a week.
Once Convey is fit, it’s time to stand and be counted – that’s all there is to it. Untapped potential is a cursed thing, and that’s where we are at this point with Convey.
Jacob Peterson, performing well before a shoulder injury, is following roughly the same time frame. He’s an option for several spots.
Graham Zusi played wide in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with New York. It’s not his best usage – and he may soon have to rotate back inside, anyway, if Roger Espinoza grabs the cash and heads overseas.
There’s also the Soony Saad factor to consider; he continues to look like a forward with potential to spare.
So no one will rejoice at the thought of Bunbury along the sideline in a bulky knee brace. He’s a well-liked sort in addition to possessing all the talent, and it stinks that he’s gone for 2012 –especially when that might mean missing out on an Eastern Conference crown celebration dance and who knows what else?
But there’s no need to jump into the Missouri River over this one, either.
May 21, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT
Wait a minute … didn’t MLS commissioner Don Garber say there “is no Plan B …” beyond the Queens location?
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
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May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
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