A win that was really a loss. That is the only way to describe the second leg of the Playoffs. Sporting KC lost 2-0 Sunday in Houston and then came back to Livestrong looking to win 2-0 but, even with the high-paced offense, Sporting KC won 1-0. The thought might be, “Hey they won, why are they out?” Sporting KC was eliminated because of the aggregate rule.The aggregate rule states that teams play a two game series, one at home, one away, the team with the most points after the two games advances, in result of a tie after the second game, the teams play two extra 15 minute halves. If the teams are still tied after that 15 minutes, there is a shoot-out. This is where the winner is determined.
Sporting KC received the ball in the first half and started attacking right away. Kei Kamara shot but was blocked by Tally Hall. This was the story of the first half. Some might say Sporting KC could not catch a break. After three minutes of extra time, the first half ended in a tie, despite the effort of Sporting.
Sporting KC came out from half-time firing. In the 64th minute, Seth Sinovic received a crossing pass from Graham Zusi and headed the ball into the goal. After this goal, Sporting KC couldn’t score and the game end in a 1-0 win but it seemed more like a loss. Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes’ thoughts on the match,
“What can I say, I think it was, in the three years that I’ve been coaching the team,the best performance we had in 90 minutes. We absolutely dominated the game. Guys played with incredible, incredible concentration and organization. I thought Uri [Rosell] and [Peterson] Joseph were outstanding. The way they moved the ball from side to side, I thought they were just tremendous. I thought it was just a complete game. Other than getting a second goal, we created some very good chances. I think their goalkeeper [Tally Hall] does a very good job but at the end, what can I say, we dominated the game, It’s unfortunate. I’m proud of the players. Definitely not an easy game, but they kept their composure and I couldn’t ask them to do anything else. They did everything they could other than get the second goal in which we created more than enough chances, we ought to be able to do that. Sometimes that’s the way it goes, but tremendous performance for 90 plus minutes.”
“We are going to look at it and say, ‘There are some very good things, but we fell short of all of our goals.’ I actually feel very confident in the group that we have and the way that they finished this game tonight. That’s the sad thing. That’s the disappointing thing. When you play that way, and you win the game, and you still have to be done, that’s the disappointing thing for them as well. Those guys sacrificed the whole entire season, and that’s why we were in the position that we were. I’m very proud of the group.”