Makeshift Lineup of Sporting KC ties the Seattle Sounders Starting Eleven

On Wednesday, Sporting KC faced off against the Seattle Sounders. Sporting KC set up a makeshift lineup that saw five reserve players start. This proved to be a mistake in the eyes of most Sporting KC fans but Peter Vermes had other words to say, “Five games in fourteen days, we knew coming in here we were going to have to go deep into the roster. I thought the guys that participated were fantastic.  They took advantage of opportunities. At times we were a little disconnected in our buildup but outside of that, the work ethic was great. They closed the game out and they picked the right moments to go. We scored one goal and hit another off the bar.  We had some good chances. I’m very pleased with the group of guys that played today.” Even though the makeshift lineup allowed a goal, they also scored a goal. The makeshift lineup totaled three yellow cards and fourteen attempts on goal.

The first goal of the game came in the 8th minute when Jacob Peterson launched the ball to the upper right corner. The Seattle Sounders quickly rebounded as their first and only goal came in the 15th minute when Patrick Ianni made an amazing kick that Jimmy Nielsen had no chance getting. Just shortly after the goal, Aurelien Collin made a tactile challenge that probably saved the game. Even though it did help the game, the tackle was reckless and Collin was given a yellow card for the challenge. The first half ended with the score tied 1-1.

The second yellow card for Sporting KC came for Lawerence Olum who conceded a card for a reckless challenge on Eddie Johnson. Jimmy Nielsen was given the third yellow card of the match for time-wasting when he was just trying to clear up an injury. The first yellow card for Seattle came in the 88th minute when Zach Scott made a jarring blow to CJ Sapong. In five minutes of added time, Alavaro Fernandez conceded a red card for a retaliated hit on Roger Espinoza. The game ended in a tie at 1-1.

Sporting KC will play the Philadelphia Union on Saturday and then will return home to play in the semifinals of the US Open and continue MLS play.

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