Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nemeth scores twice as Kansas City downs New England

Sporting Kansas City 4-2 New England Revolution
Things started off well for the Revs, but they quickly snowballed out of control and Sporting Kansas ed all three points in a midweek MLS match that was actually quite exciting, for once.

Juan Agudelo got the Revs on the board early by capitalizing off an awful Kansas City midfield turnover. While trying to break out, SKC gave the ball right to the feared striker and he barreled his way through the startled defenders to slot past Tim Melia. They would not get to enjoy the lead for long.

Dom Dwyer leveled for Sporting in the 29th minute with a sublime strike. Dwyer took the cross off his chest, turned, and fired on the volley into the Brad Knighton's goal. It was his fourth goal of the season. Ten minutes later it was Kisztian Nemeth heading home a free kick from Benny Feilhaber to give SKC the lead.

It got worse for New England in the 42nd  when a rather harsh penalty was given against New England. Dwyer received a pass inside the box when he was tugged ever so slightly on the sleeve by Jose Goncalves. Referee Allen Chapman gave the penalty, much to the chagrin of everyone on the New England bench, and Feilhaber used some soft touch on the PK to make it 3-1 to SKC heading into halftime.

New England's spiral into defeat continued all of 20 second into the second half when their back line lost track of Nemeth and left him wide open for his second goal of the game. It was an absolutely awful run of play from the Revs as no player should be allowed half as much space as Nemeth found on his way to Sporting's fourth goal.

New England would get one back in the 64th minute. Scott Caldwell got open and buried a well placed shot from the center of the box, but it was too little, too late, for the Revs.

Sporting Kansas City was no doubt itching to get back in action after their weekend match with Colorado Rapids was postponed by inclement weather. They were clearly the fresher side tonight due to the unplanned night off, and they certainly took advantage. They got a much needed three points to put some space between them and the final spot in the playoffs. They sit in fifth place out west with 17 points. New England misses a chance to pull ahead of DC United atop the East. The east coast rivals go at it on Saturday with the top spot on the line.

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