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Finally, the Sporting Kansas City we expected to see

Mar 31, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic, Claudio Bieler, Patrice Bernier

Which the real, true-life version, and which is the duplicitious imitation? Was it the rather meek version we watched over four rounds in MLS, or the higher-quality version seen in last night’s dominant 2-0 win over previously perfect Montreal.

Perhaps a lot depends on which version of Benny Feilhaber shows up for coach Peter Vermes and Co. Last night, the newly arrived U.S. international was quite influential in Sporting’s midfield – quite unlike his first performances for the bunch from Sporting Park. Feilhaber registered assists on both SKC goals, an early strike from new striker Claudio Bieler and also on Graham Zusi’s late goal.

Feilhaber’s second assist was a precision pass into space for Zusi, the kind he can deliver like so few, but just doesn’t with enough regularity. The former New England man says he’s feeling more comfortable in Sporting’s system … so we’ll see.

Bieler, by the way, really should have had two or three goals. His fifth-minute goal did snap SKC’s 197-minute scoreless streak.

That Zusi and center back Matt Besler could both start and contribute was an achievement in itself, and perhaps an inspirational one for a team still straining to get out of low gear. Both players had started in the U.S. national team’s most recent pair of World Cup qualifiers, assisting in the effort to collect four enormous points in Denver and four nights later in Mexico City.

Underrated right back Chance Myers also returned to the SKC starting lineup following a short injury absence.

Highlights of Saturday’s breakthrough for the home team:


  1. crossmlk - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I don’t think it’s too surprising it is taking some time to gel considering all the changes Sporting has gone through this off season. What will be eye opening if they can keep something close to the form they displayed last night is how they’ve simply reloaded after sending 2 too the EPL in the off season.

    Bieler should have had at least another goal but stop and think about this. He has 3 goals in 5 games. Putting him on pace for 20. There’s a lot of season left to go and he has to keep doing it but should he keep on this pace he would prove to be for on the field effectiveness one of the best DP signings in the history of the league.

    And I’ve probably just jinxed him ; ).

  2. wfjackson3 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    This is what a plugged in Feilhaber can do for a team. His passing was fantastic all night. Into space, into traffic, he was always giving the next guy a great opportunity to do something with it. And on top of that, he was tracking back fairly well.

  3. bobinkc - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    If you watch Zusi’s head closely on his pass in to the top of Collin’s head, you will notice that he keeps his head up and his eyes on target. When the Zuuuman keeps his head up, he is absolutely deadly on shots, corner kicks, and penalty kicks. Maybe Vermes needs to strap his head back so that he CAN’T look at his feet.

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