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Missing men are no problem for Sporting Kansas City (video)

Sep 7, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

It must be a huge confidence boost to Sporting Kansas City to not only win, but to claim victory with such authority, without key men. Peter Vermes’ team absolutely took apart visiting Columbus at Sporting Park.

That wouldn’t have been a surprise 10 days ago, especially considering Columbus was missing offensive talisman Federico Higuain. But the boys from Sporting Park were missing some key elements, too, including playmaker Graham Zusi and center back Matt Besler, both of whom were starters in Friday’s U.S. loss to Costa Rica.

The team is also adjusting to life without Kei Kamara, who has accepted an offer from England’s Middlesbrough just before the international transfer window closed earlier this week.

The final stats won’t even reflect Kansas City’s overall dominance, as SKC removed some of the pressure after taking a 3-0 lead in the 55th minute. Claudio Bieler (pictured from a previous match) had a goal and an assist. Soony Saad and C.J. Sapong also scored for Kansas City. The home team took 11 of the game’s first 14 shots and, with Benny Feilhaber commanding the midfield once again, held 58 percent of the possession over the first hour.

The loss took some of the sheen off last week’s debut for interim Crew manager Brian Bliss, whose days in charge (following Robert Warzycha’s dismissal after five years in charge at Crew Stadium) began with promise in a win at home over Houston.

  1. bobinkc - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Apparently the only things the Crew could bring on the bus with them were a sand-lot type of play which saw any number of MMA takedowns and a form of playacting that should have placed many if not all of them on Broadway for long stands. The only form that we saw from the second row was poor: slide tackles spikes-up, deliberate takedowns, tripping after the ball was long gone to another play, etc, etc.

    I really felt sorry for their poor goalie: the guy must have the flattest feet in MLS the way he played, He was consistently off the ball, off his line, off beat, and off cue on almost every shot. The only thing that saved the Crew from 10-0 was the back line being willing to sacrifice the old bods to prevent a shot going through to the goalie.

    Maybe the interim coach can take what he has in hand and win a couple down the stretch, but he really doesn’t seem to have much in the way of talent to work with.

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