With Kei Kamara going back across the pond to Middlesbrough FC, some thought Sporting Kansas City‘s team chemistry would be affected for Saturday’s game against Columbus Crew. That was not the case as Kansas City defeated Columbus 3-0.
Kanasas City’s win showed two things: their depth and team chemistry. In addition to Kamara leaving the squad, Kansas City was without defender Matt Besler, midfielder Graham Zusi, midfielder Peterson Joseph and defender Mechack Jerome. All four players are currently away on international duty.
In Kamara’s absence, Soony Saad and Claudio Beiler led Sporting to victory. Overall, it was a hard-fought victory and a key three points for Kansas City. Currently, they sit alone at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact are playing on Sunday.
At this point in the season, each and every team needs to seize the moment and capitalize on the opportunities before them. Some teams have failed to do that so far, but Sporting has done it. Saturday’s win showed MLS fans that Kansas City means business and can still win big games with out the likes of Kamara, Besler and Zusi.
Additionally, Kansas City will get Dom Dwyer back from his loan with USL-Pro side Orlando City SC after the team won the 2013 USL Pro Championship. Dwyer could possibly provide an offensive spark off the bench for Sporting. They have a versatile offensive attack, and Dwyer can add another dimension to that.
Watch out, MLS Eastern Conference teams. Sporting Kansas City means business, and has the depth to show up even when their top players are not playing.