Stoppage Time

Sporting KC returns to form, defeats Portland 3-1

**Full time** There you have it. Sporting Kansas City returns to its winning ways in front of the home crowd, beating the Portland Timbers, 3-1. Graham Zusi was the easy choice for man of the match with his two goals. Newcomer Saad netting his first goal in MLS to round things ...

Quick Critique: Streak ends in crushing fashion for Sporting KC

It had to end sooner or later. Very few teams go undefeated at home the entire season in professional sports. Saturday night saw Sporting KC fall at home for the first time this season against the Seattle Sounders, 2-1. Sporting led for most of the game before a questionable ejection left ...

Sporting KC extends streak with more late-game heroics

After a few weeks away for family weddings and other business, the stoppage time blog is back. And there's plenty to catch up on. Player acquisitions, player injuries and an [impressive league streak][1] have all been part of the club news the last two weeks. Let's start with the good. ...

Quick Critique: Never quit attitude keeps Sporting KC streak alive

There is no quit in Sporting Kansas City. There was no quit in the team when it embarked on a 10-game road trip to open the 2011 MLS season. There was no quit in the team when it lost and tied games by conceding last minute goals. There was no quit in the team when it was sitting in last ...

Defense dominant in Sporting KC’s unbeaten run; Chivas USA up next

"It's really fun and special what we've got going right now and it never gets old." That's how Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi described the team's season after Wednesday night's draw against the Colorado Rapids. The tie did a number of things for Sporting aside from ...

Quick Critique: Sporting KC vs. Colorado

Sporting Kansas City continues to accumulate points in the league, stretching its unbeaten streak to 11 games overall after a 1-1 draw against Colorado Wednesday. The tie came after an inspired 2-1 victory on the road against the Portland Timbers during the holiday weekend. I was in Arkansas ...

Sports hernia surgery, Women’s World Cup and some U.S. vs. Mexico musings

The results just keep on coming for Sporting KC. After its brutal 10-game road trip at the beginning of the 2011 MLS season, the team has gone unbeaten in seven league games since opening LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Seven games without a loss is impressive, but Sporting Kansas City has also ...

Keeper key in Sporting KC draw at Philadelphia

Jimmy Nielsen was all-star quality in Sporting Kansas City's midweek contest against conference power Philadelphia Union. Recording seven saves on seven shots on target, Nielsen single or double-handedly earned the team a precious point on the road (he also had a kick save). While the back ...

Sporting KC to clash with Philadelphia Union; U.S. National, U-17 teams in action

Sporting Kansas City's sudden run of good form will be tested Wednesday night when the team travels to take on the Philadelphia Union, one of the conference's top teams. The team heads into the midweek contest following the unfortunate news that midfielder Ryan Smith will not be available ...

Quick Critique: Sporting KC vs. San Jose

Sporting Kansas City recorded its first goal and first victory in newly opened LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Friday evening. The game itself was not very pretty. There was little flow and possession between Sporting and San Jose flip flopped constantly. The defining moment of Sporting KC's 1-0 ...

Quick Critique: Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas

Finally. Sporting Kansas City: 4 — FC Dallas: 1 It's been a long time coming but Sporting KC finally put a full 90 minutes together on both sides of the ball. Graham Zusi played with confidence and it showed. His two superb goals were the clear difference against a FC Dallas side ...

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park opens with entertaining scoreless draw

For not winning a game, the home opener for Sporting Kansas City against the Chicago Fire at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Thursday night still felt like a victory. The atmosphere created by the fans in the hours leading up to the opening kick were the same as any other major sporting event in ...

Talking with the Don: MLS commissioner talks soccer ahead of Sporting KC home opener

Kansas City's professional soccer team finally has a place to call home this season after playing 10 games on the road during the past two and a half months. The team's homecoming is much anticipated, as it also marks the grand opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, a state-of-the-art new stadium ...

Sporting KC captures point in second straight contest

Things are slowly starting to look up for Sporting Kansas City. The team has managed to earn a point in each of its last two road games. Those two points give Sporting KC a total of six after 10 games. It's the lowest in the league, but as I've stated time and time again here, you have to ...

Sporting KC ends 10-game road trip at Toronto tonight

It's finally coming to an end. After 10 games, tons of miles and nearly two and a half months, Sporting Kansas City will end its grueling season-opening road trip. Sporting will travel to Toronto to take on struggling Toronto FC. Kansas City, fresh off a much deserved draw at Colorado last ...

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park update and a weekend prediction

The last time I took a tour of Sporting Kansas City's new stadium-in-the-making, it was March and the final strip of grass had just been placed. There were a few seats installed and there was concrete and wire everywhere. It was still an impressive sight, but it was hard to imagine what it ...

Not again: Sporting KC drop points in final minutes

This will be quick and I'll do my best to go into more detail later Sunday. Sporting KC was beat on a corner kick in the second minute of second half stoppage time against the Seattle Sounders Saturday to lose once again. The storyline is all too familiar at this point. The worst part about ...

Slumping Sporting KC needs to find confidence, consistency fast

It's a simple fact that you can't do well in any sport, in any league, without winning some games. In Sporting Kansas City's case, even a few ties here and there would help. The bottom line is that it's not happening for the club. The defense, which looked solid two games ago against New ...

Sporting KC can’t stop skid against division leader Los Angeles

**Full time update** I know the game hasn't officially ended, but technically it's over. And just as I type that David Beckham launches in a free kick. The score is now 4-1 in favor of the Galaxy. The truth is that all five goals in this game were score by Los Angeles. That leaves you to ...