Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City will be eager for the
arrival of Chivas USA at Sporting Park on Sunday as the club attempts to bring
a halt to its two-game slide.
Sporting reeled off three successive wins to climb to the top of the Eastern
Conference, but losses to Los Angeles and Portland in the past two weeks have
given the club plenty of motivation ahead of the arrival of the Goats.
Kansas City's 3-2 defeat to Portland at home last time out was particularly
disappointing considering the club twice took a lead in the game, but failed
to hold it.
Sporting had won all four of its previous games this season when scoring
first, but the club knows it helped aid Portland in its comeback.
"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot, especially in the first half," said
Sporting midfielder Graham Zusi. "We let them have a lot of the ball. We let
them have too much possession. We knew they were a counter attacking team, and
two of their goals resulted from us giving it away in bad spots."
Chance Myers had a career game for Sporting as he scored his first two goals
in MLS, but he was more concerned with his team's poor defensive display than
his own exploits.
"There's no excuse. We've just got to be better," said Myers. "We gave up a
goal on a set piece, which we usually don't do, and we got caught on the
counter at home, which we usually don't do. So there's no excuses. We've just
got to go back to the drawing board."
Sporting is unbeaten in its last four meetings with Chivas, but the Goats are
a different side from the one that Kansas City is used to seeing.
Under new head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, Chivas has shown a different
mentality, which was evident in last weekend's 2-2 draw with San Jose.
Chivas went behind to a goal from Chris Wondolowski late in the first half,
but rallied to take a 2-1 lead with a second-half surge courtesy of goals from
Mario De Luna and Tristan Bowen.
"I told them what we needed; we were searching for that moment of inspiration
and when we got that moment, we were able to score two goals," Sanchez Sola
said of what he told his team during halftime. "The team never stops searching
for those moments, but just because we look for it, doesn't mean we're going
to get it. It's a constant search."
Chivas allowed a goal in the final 15 minutes against the Earthquakes to
settle for a draw, but after back-to-back 1-0 defeats, Sanchez Sola was
pleased with the effort.
"I'm very proud of the entire squad because they all get the idea we want; at
the end of the day, 11 players are on the field, and I'm very proud of all of
them who give their all and believe me, they feel let down," the coach said.
"They don't like the point that they've earned."
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