SKC Ends Houston's Record Streak

Sporting KC stopped Houston's 36-game home win streak
by Skylar Rolstad   |   Monday, May 13, 2013

State of SKC - column on Sporting KC (SKC) & the Kansas City soccer scene.
Sporting Kansas City packed its bags and headed to Houston to avenge more disappointments and exercise playoff demons.
 
This time, a grating 90 minutes brought home 3 points on the road and slashed Houston's 36-game home win streak as SKC won, 1-0.

Interestingly, one year ago on this day, Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium had its grand opening.

Unlike previous meetings, the ball found both teams' 18-yard box rather frequently. Both Sporting and the Dynamo fought to win the midfield battle as the ball stayed in the middle of the field and in turn caused a total of 35 fouls – 25 for Sporting and 10 for Houston. 

Aurelien Collin stepped up massively compared to Wednesday's showing and scored the winning goal from a set piece. He also commanded the defense alongside Ike Opara, who filled in for Matt Besler. Besler is out with a tweaked MCL.

It’s also important to know that Kei Kamara made his return for SKC after coming back from his loan with Norwich City.

In the win, yellow cards were shown to Collin and Oriol Rosell, which will keep both players out for next weekend's game against DC United. The team may also still be missing Besler and Chance Myers and will have to use yet another half-strength roster to grind out a result on the road.

Earlier win adds confidence

Sporting's 4-0 thrashing of Chivas USA was more than just 3 points.

It renewed the confidence of a talented squad that made egregious mistakes that cost points in previous matches. And with 3 games in 8 days, Sporting could use all the confidence it could get.

Another attempt vs. Seattle

On Wednesday at Sporting Park, the team focused on finally getting the best of Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS regular season.

Usually a team that can play fluid in the midfield and turn it into prowess in the attacking third, Sporting uncharacteristically could not break through Seattle's defense and into the 18-yard box. As if that wasn't frustrating enough, yet another simple mistake lost Sporting the game.

Deep into stoppage time Collin attempted to clear the ball away from Sporting's 6-yard box but could not get a clean hit. The ball fell to Seattle's Djimi Traore and most of Sporting's defensive players protested a handball. Traore smacked the ball into the net before Jimmy Nielsen could move. 

Whie Sporting prevailed when it counted on August 8th, 2012, when KC defeated Seattle in penalties to win the US Open Cup, their other encounters with Seattle have not been nearly as fruitful.

In 2011, Jeff Parke gave Seattle the win at CenturyLink Field with a stoppage time header. More disappointment later that year when Sporting gave up 2 late goals at home to lose 2-1, the same game that Omar Bravo infamously received a red card.

Last year, both teams hammered out a well-fought 1-1 draw in Seattle. But the script would still not be rewritten on May 8th at Sporting Park.

NEXT UP: May 19 – Sporting KC vs. DC United, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 5 p.m. EST, UniMas.

 

Skylar ROLSTAD

Nationality:
USA
College:
Univ. of Kansas
Club Domestic:
Sporting KC
Club Foreign:
AC Milan
A student at the University of Kansas. He writes for the Sporting Kansas City club column for Soccer Newsday and is a regular at Sporting Park. His passion for soccer can best be described as unhealthy.
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