Wednesday Night: MLS stunner in Kansas City

It ranks as one of the most shocking MLS results in recent years: Sporting Kansas City 0-5 San Jose. Sporting KC came into the game with the best points-per-game average in MLS. It had not lost in 16 games at home, while the San Jose, eighth in the Western Conference, had not won in Kansas City since 2004. SKC coach Peter Vermes would not accept the argument that his team was gassed after its fourth game in 11 days.

Cordell Cato, Chris Wondolowski and Panamanian newcomer Anibal Godoy scored to give San Jose a 3-0 lead after 27 minutes, and Cato and Wondo later each added second goals. The result could have been worse as Adam Jahn's shot was tipped off the crossbar by keeper Tim Melia and Benny Feilhaber was sent off for taking down Quincy Amarikwa.

Wondo's goal gave him 11 for the season as he became the first player to score 10 or more goals in six straight seasons and his 104 career goals tied Dwayne De Rosario for sixth place in MLS history.

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear signaled out Shea Salinas, who set up Cato for the first goal in the third minute as the Quakes were able to break the SKC pressure.

"At times, if you can break their pressure and get good numbers around the ball," Kinnear said, "it could lead to chances. Our ability to beat guys on the dribble tonight opened up some space, especially Shea Salinas on the first goal. His play was excellent. Not just that but our ball movement was good."

For Sporting KC, the match came four days after it rallied to beat Vancouver, 4-3, with three goals after the 80th minute. On Saturday, it trailed 2-0 and 3-1 and recovered. On Wednesday night, SKC simply didn't play well enough to have a chance to get back in the game."

"I'm not going to use the excuse of playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday,"" said Vermes. "I'm just not going to use it. We did the same thing in the first half in our last game that we did in this game and that's giving away too many balls out of the back. It's the reason we gave up the goals we did. We were nonchalant. We didn't play together as a group. We weren't good in our individual defending and we were very poor with the ball and with our entry balls out of the back."
Wednesday, August 19
Sporting KC 0 new ySan Jose 5.
SJ: Cordell Cato (Shea Salinas) 3
SJ: Chris Wondolowski pen. 17
SJ: Anibal Godoy (Quincy Amarikwa) 27
SJ: Cordell Cato (Shea Salinas) 58
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Fatai Alashe) 61
Red Card:
SKC: Benny Feilhaber 71.
Att.: 18,866.

Wednesday, August 19
Columbus 2 New York City 2.
Ghanaian Kwadwo Poku scored two goals sandwiched between goals by Sierra Leonean Kei Kamara and Congolese Cedrick Mabwati -- on a tremendous one-two with Kamara -- as NYCFC held Crew SC to a draw at MAPFRE Stadium.

-- All four goals came before the match was delayed for 77 minutes late in the game.
CLB: Kei Kamara (Ethan Finlay) 24
NYC: Kwadwo Poku (David Villa) 57
NYC: Kwadwo Poku (Andrew Jacobson, Andrea Pirlo) 66
CLB: Cedrick Mabwati (Kei Kamara) 72
Att.: 15,514.

MLS, Week 25 Schedule:
Wednesday, August 19
Columbus vs. New York City, 7:30 pm
Sporting KC vs. San Jose, 8:30 pm
Friday, August 21
Portland vs. Houston, 11 pm UniMas
Saturday, August 22
Toronto FC vs. Orlando, 4 pm
D.C. United vs. San Jose, 7 pm
Columbus vs. Sporting KC, 7:30 pm
Montreal vs. Philadelphia, 8 pm
Chicago vs. Colorado, 8:30 pm
Vancouver vs. FC Dallas, 10 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, 10 pm
Sunday, August 23
LA Galaxy vs. New York City, 5 pm ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

MLS Standings:


44 (26) D.C. United 13-8-5 35/29
39 (23) NY Red Bulls 11-6-6 38/25
35 (25) Crew SC 9-8-8 40/41
34 (25) New England 9-9-7 34/36
31 (23) Toronto FC 9-10-4 37/41
28 (21) Montreal 8-9-4 29/31
28 (25) New York City 7-11-7 36/39
28 (25) Orlando City 7-11-7 32/41
24 (25) Philadelphia 6-13-6 32/43
23 (23) Chicago 6-12-5 27/34


43 (25) LA Galaxy 12-7-7 44/31
42 (25) Vancouver 13-9-3 37/26
40 (23) Sporting KC 11-5-7 37/30
39 (25) Portland 11-8-6 26/28
38 (23) FC Dallas 11-7-5 33/29
35 (25) Seattle 11-12-2 30/27
32 (24) San Jose 9-10-5 29/29
31 (24) Houston 8-9-7 30/30
29 (25) Real Salt Lake 7-10-8 27/38
24 (23) Colorado 5-9-9 20/25

Leading MLS Scorers:
18+1 Kei Kamara (Crew SC)
16 Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
14 David Villa (New York City)
13 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
11+2 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
11 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
11 Bradley Wright-Phillips
(NY Red Bulls)
10 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
9 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
9 Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)
9 Chris Rolfe (D.C. United)
9 Will Bruin (Houston)
9 Charlie Davies
(New England)
9 Kaka
(Orlando City)
1 comment about "Wednesday Night: MLS stunner in Kansas City".
  1. Wayne Root, August 20, 2015 at 8:39 a.m.

    I think San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear singled out Shea Salinas, not "signaled out."

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