Seven Quick Observations from Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Asia's Tech News Daily

© Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City faltered over the weekend against the Vancouver Whitecaps, just like all their closest opponents in the standings failed. It was a lost opportunity to gain on the Seattle Sounders and put some breathing room between SKC and the Colorado Rapids. Let’s watch the highlights and try to figure out what went wrong.

Shelton Uninvolved

After the game, I tweeted this passing chart from

It’s hard not to notice how disconnected Shelton is from the rest of the team on this passing chart from @MLS. No connection with Salloi or any of the three midfielders. The thin lines from Zusi/Russell mean minimal passes. #SportingKC #VANvSKC

— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) October 18, 2021

Khiry Shelton has no connections to any midfielder to the left side of the attack, which is often how this team comes up. He also had a team low 22 touches and simply wasn’t involved enough in the match (h/t to @DGreenwald). When Alan Pulido isn’t involved, he drops deep into the midfield to get involved. I understand that’s not Shelton’s game. He’s holding up the ball and making runs to create space for others, but the space just didn’t exist. Kansas City had one shot in the box on goal and it was a flicked header from Andreu Fontas (about 20 seconds into the highlight video). That’s just not good enough.

Peter, you get five subs!!

That brings me to my second point. The Blue Testament and other outlets have asked questions all through the second half of the season around lack of subs and it basically comes down to Vermes has a secret plan. Hopefully it’ll work out, but it’s hard to miss that it isn’t so far.

Since about the middle of the season, Vermes typically makes only one to two subs a game, despite having five at his disposal. Even in the games where he uses two or three more consistently, it’s often in garbage time with little to no chance to affect the game. Previously, PV has talked about not wanting to break the rhythm the team had going, but no second half shots on target tells us they weren’t in a rhythm. It’s hard to believe Wilson Harris couldn’t have at least been as good as Shelton. What do you have to lose?

Plus Cam Duke has earned the right to get subbed on in each game to try to make an impact. Weirdly, I’d have been okay with subbing off Roger Espinoza who came out like a demon to start the second half but faded (though it’s rare you sub the sub). Duke and Gadi Kinda being on together can be magic at times but standing pat when down isn’t working.

As our own Mike Kuhn pointed out on Twitter, the come-from-behind SKC team, was the first half of the year. Since their last successful comeback win, they are 0-4-3 when falling behind. The difference, at the beginning of the season, PV was averaging more than three subs a game. Now his average is just north of one. How can everyone but Vermes see this?

That First Vancouver Goal

This one seems the most preventable. A lot goes wrong. Fontas steps to intercept and does, but the ball bounces around a bit unluckily and Owusu does a great job to keep it deep in SKC’s end. Then on the cross, Fontas is still recovering so Luis Martins is covering Brian White but he doesn’t leap to defend the header and appears to be heading wider to get the other wide man, leaving White open to head the ball back into the middle.

From there, Jose Mauri is basically stuck covering two guys. It seems someone else should be in there helping. Presumably Ilie Sanchez makes the right move to step back and cover the goal line (and he nearly makes the play). For me, it might be a miscommunication between Graham Zusi and Remi Walter. Walter is pressuring the cross, which maybe Zusi is accustomed to handling, so I assume Zusi needs to cover Dajome so Mauri can get Ryan Gauld (the goal scorer). All that said, it’s Mauri’s man so it’s probably on him. Either way, there is plenty of blame to go around.

Quicker Observations

  • Sporting KC are 0-2-2 after a break of 10 or more days. Rest simply doesn’t seem to be good for this team and the playoffs start after a similar break due to an International Window. When I asked Vermes about it, he didn’t have an answer.

Vermes on SKC being winless (0-2-2) after breaks of 10 or more days and the playoffs starting after such a break: He said he “doesn’t believe in streaks” but he doesn’t have an answer. #SportingKC #VANvSKC

— Chad Smith (@PlayFor90) October 18, 2021

  • You hear it on the highlights, but they don’t show it. Russell Teibert absolutely gets away with a red-card worthy foul on Gadi Kinda. He steps on his Achilles and it’s amazing he wasn’t injured. It was reminiscent of Roger Espinoza’s red earlier in the season. Man how that would have changed the game since it was before the second goal. For what it’s worth, the Instant Replay guys didn’t cover it.
  • On the second Vancouver goal, it seems like a general malaise by SKC. Mauri is late stepping to Teibert (who would have been off if they got the red card challenge right). It’s no wonder Mauri was subbed at halftime. I won’t be surprised if Walter is the starting 6 against Seattle and Espinoza resumes his starting role in the midfield. Then Cam Duke can sub on for a burst.
  • Cristian Dajome is a player I’m learning to greatly dislike. He goes down so easily. Even the TSN broadcast was commenting on how easy he was going down. The problem is, the ref gave him every call. It encourages this bad behavior and MLS needs to go back and suspend flopping or the plague will never leave the beautiful game.

Sporting KC are back in action this weekend against the Seattle Sounders in a game that will surely go a long way in deciding who wins the West. This will no doubt be looked at as a blown opportunity.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


The heir to the Dutch throne keeps it normal at 18

© Getty Images Crown Princess Amalia has led a relatively normal life in the Netherlands For a country whose national motto is “be normal”, the heir to the Dutch throne ... Read more »

Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody impress in G League back-to-back

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.Update your settings here to see it. Warriors' Kuminga, Moody impress in Santa Cruz back-to-back originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea ... Read more »

Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody combine for nearly 50 in G League

Golden State Warriors rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody on Saturday combined for nearly 50 points on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League. Kuminga finished ... Read more »

How to get the Victor mount in Final Fantasy XIV

© Provided by GamePur There are a variety of mounts for you to unlock and add to your collection in Final Fantasy XIV. Finding out the steps you need to ... Read more »

How to Swing in Fortnite Chapter 3, season one

© Provided by Dot Esports Fortnite Chapter Three, season one has added a ton of content to the game, including new items, skins, and missions to be completed. Along with ... Read more »

Julian Nagelsmann defends Bayern Munich's Dayot Upamecano after defensive errors in Der Klassiker

© Photo by Stefan Matzke – sampics/Corbis via Getty Images Bayern Munich won this weekend’s important match against Borussia Dortmund, and it wasn’t an easy match for either side. Dortmund ... Read more »

Handball. Ligue féminine : Les Neptunes s'imposent sur le fil

© Archives David Chapet Carin Stromberg et les Roses s’imposent en toute fin de match. Ligue féminine. Mérignac – Nantes : 30-31. Les Neptunes de Nantes ont mis fin à leur ... Read more »

Football: Man United face Villa, Leicester host Watford in FA Cup third round

LONDON (REUTERS) – Manchester United entertain Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round, while holders Leicester City welcome Watford and West Ham United are at home to Leeds United ... Read more »

D.C. United will participate in MLS Next Pro starting in 2023

© Xavi Dussaq / Courtesy of Loudoun United D.C. United confirmed today that it will have an affiliate club in MLS Next Pro, Major League Soccer’s new professional league that ... Read more »

Report: Ben Roethlisberger playing his last season with Steelers

The only constant in life is change. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, change happens far less often than for most teams in the NFL. Since 1969, the Steelers have had three ... Read more »

What Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes said about the Kansas City Chiefs' dropped passes

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes turned away from the aftermath of the play and threw his hands up, and whether the reaction came from exasperation or perplexity — how does this ... Read more »

Neville: Arsenal's young players need help; Auba problem brewing

Gary Neville says Arsenal’s experienced players are not providing the leadership their young players need following the 2-1 defeat at Everton. The late loss at Goodison Park followed a 3-2 ... Read more »

Gary Neville claims Mikel Arteta wants to sell 'problem' Arsenal star after Everton loss

© Provided by Metro The Gunners’ skipper was on the bench for Monday’s defeat (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports) Gary Neville believes trouble is brewing between Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ... Read more »

Rugby-All Blacks captain Cane signs new deal to stay in NZ

(Reuters) – All Blacks captain Sam Cane has agreed a new contract that will keep him in New Zealand until the end of the 2025 season, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) ... Read more »

Premier League set to trial concussion saliva test

A saliva test designed to diagnose concussion is set to be trialled in the Premier League as football authorities agree to action plan on brain health. A joint action plan ... Read more »

Africa's patchy transport network gets a tech boost

© B Mwangi Benson Ndumu Mwangi has been driving trucks in East Africa for ten years Benson Ndumu Mwangi has been a truck driver for 10 years, navigating the roads ... Read more »

BBC 100 Women 2021: Who is on the list?

© BBC The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2021. This year 100 Women is highlighting those who are hitting ... Read more »

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV and title permutations

© PA Images The start/finish straight. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix December 2020. A frantic and entertaining introduction to F1 in Saudi Arabia has set up a dramatic conclusion to 2021 ... Read more »

'Dreams of pursuing my education now feel futile'

© BBC As part of the BBC’s 100 Women series, we asked four women leaders to exchange letters with four women from Afghanistan who share their profession or passion. Here, ... Read more »

Benitez hints at transfer control | Carra: Moshiri has no clue

Rafa Benitez has hinted he will have greater control over Everton’s transfer business following Marcel Brands’ departure from Goodison Park. Speaking after the Toffees’ last-gasp victory over Arsenal which ended ... Read more »

Double boost in football's attempts to tackle the dementia scandal, with £1.2million research project part of a joint action plan to solve the issue

A well-funded new research project could help football tackle its dementia crisis An FA doctor also admitted temporary concussion subs may be the way forwardThe joint action plan announced on Tuesday is the work of the FA, EFL and PFA Read more »

Le Danemark, l'Espagne et l'Allemagne qualifés !

HANDBALL-CHAMPIONNAT-DU-MONDE-HANDBALL:Le Danemark, l’Espagne et l’Allemagne qualifés ! © Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes Le Danemark, l’Espagne et l’Allemagne qualifés ! par Arnaud Lauzerte (iDalgo) Les Danoises font le sans-faute ! 3e victoire en ... Read more »

US Soccer announces nominees for Young Male Player of the Year

© Provided by 90min Ricardo Pepi is nominated by US Soccer for Young Male Player of the Year | Kirk Irwin/GettyImages After a big 2021 for the USMNT, US Soccer ... Read more »

Rafael Benitez lauds Everton's ‘perfect' comeback win against Arsenal

Everton boss Rafael Benitez spoke of it being a “perfect” night after his side’s winless run came to an end in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Arsenal ... Read more »

Fans on social media laud ‘solid' Martin Dubravka for ‘fantastic' performance

© Stu Forster/Getty Images Sport Dubravka Newcastle United finally picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, beating Burnley 1-0 at St James’ Park, and Martin Dubravka was ... Read more »

Saliva test to diagnose concussion set to be trialled in Premier League

A saliva test designed to diagnose concussion is set to be trialled in the Premier League. A joint action plan on brain health published by the league, along with the ... Read more »

I was made an honorary Aussie! Darren Gough always lived up to his 'Dazzler' nickname in the Ashes Down Under with Shane Warne saying he was the only England player who'd have made Australia's great team of the 1990s

Darren Gough toured Australia twice with England during the 1990sHis first trip Down Under ended painfully when he broke his foot and came homeHe was still England's leading wicket-taker despite missing final two TestsGough played all five matches in 1998-99 and produced some famous momentsHe became the only English bowler to take an Ashes hat-trick in 20th century   Read more »

Barcelona could lose millions if they do not progress past Champions League group stage

© Photo By David Zorrakino/Europa Press via Getty Images FC Barcelona are hoping to get a result against Bayern Munich that allows them to continue into the UEFA Champions League ... Read more »

Gary Neville: Mikel Arteta is keen to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Gary Neville has insisted Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if given the opportunity. The Gunners captain was dropped to ... Read more »

Dramatic late winner against Arsenal will help Everton 'be positive about the future', insists Rafa Benitez following off-the-pitch turmoil at Goodison Park

Everton snatched three points against Arsenal with spectacular late winnerRicharlison and Demarai Gray scored to earn hosts much-needed three points Rafa Benitez thinks fans can be excited about the future at Goodison Park Seamus Coleman said the supporters pushed his side over the line  Read more »

Alabama Gov. Ivey facing new challenger in 2022 GOP primary

© Provided by Associated Press FILE – Former gubernatorial candidate Tim James speaks to reporters during a news conference, Sept. 15, 2021 on the steps of the Alabama Capitol in ... Read more »

UConn vs Notre Dame: Geno Auriemma updates Paige Bueckers knee injury | UConn Post Game

UConn Huskies women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma gives an update on the knee injury that superstar Paige Bueckers suffered at the end of the Huskies’ win over the Notre ... Read more »

Fans slammed UConn's Geno Auriemma for leaving Paige Bueckers in during the final minutes of a blowout, leading to her scary injury

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma looks on as star Paige Bueckers collapses from an apparent knee injury.AP Photo/Jessica Hill Paige Bueckers suffered a scary injury in the final minute of ... Read more »

Calf issue means England will not risk James Anderson for First Ashes Test with pink ball in mind

© Getty Images broadanderson3011a.jpg England have opted not to risk James Anderson in the First Ashes Test in Brisbane tomorrow as he manages a minor calf issue. With two pink-ball ... Read more »

Soccer-Benitez praises Everton character in Arsenal fightback

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Everton manager Rafa Benitez heaped praise on his team for their resilience in a comeback 2-1 Premier League win nL1N2SR2NL over Arsenal on Monday which gave ... Read more »

When will Arataki Itto and Gorou's banner release in Genshin Impact?

© Provided by GamePur The mighty Arataki Itto is a new 5-star character coming to Genshin Impact, and he’s showing up with a trusty Geo companion, Gorou (a 4-star character). ... Read more »

All Quagsire weaknesses and best Pokémon counters in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

© Provided by GamePur When going up against a Quagsire, you will want to be equipped with the proper type advantage so you can quickly take it down. These Pokémon ... Read more »

JOFRA ARCHER: Australian abuse will spur our boys on and Stuart Broad is going to love it

The 72nd Ashes series starts in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday  Australian fans will be getting on England players from the start of the seriesStuart Broad tends to get lots of abuse over there — but that only spurs him on Read more »

James Anderson set to miss England's Ashes opener in Brisbane

England’s record wicket-taker James Anderson is set to miss the Ashes opener in Brisbane. The 39-year-old seamer was inked in to lead the attack against Australia at The Gabba on ... Read more »

Bristol's Heineken Champions Cup against Scarlets in doubt with the region's coaches and playing squad in quarantine in Belfast after fleeing South Africa

The Anglo-Welsh encounter is due to kick off at 5.30pm on SaturdayBut there is speculation that the Scarlets will be unable to field a team Request to the postpone the game was rejected by organisers EPCR  Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic