Sporting KC find themselves 3-0-0 for the first time for 6 years and top of the MLS pile with 9 points. Such a solid start for Sporting and again a deserved victory over FC Dallas yesterday evening. We'll get to that in a second....
During the week, it was much of the same pre producing of the radio show, voice overs and research for me during the week as well as giving an interview or 2. Switching from both the front office downtown and LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for working duties once again which to be honest I really don't mind. Lots of fun characters in both buildings.
It was quite nice to see Kansas City on a Friday night this week also. Can't recall the last time that happened or indeed if it ever had before! It was lovely to head downtown for a night out with some of the sales guys and the usual characters such as Justin and Dan (@the_doubledown) and meet some new people, kind of. We even had an appearance from Mr. Stylish himself, Josh Whisenhunt (@joshwhisenhunt)! Really enjoyed that night out. Saturday was possibly the most laziest day i've had since I got back to KC. I lay in bed listening to BBC Radio 5Live's coverage of the EPL and managed to catch Columbus Crew - Montreal Impact a bits of Toronto FC - San Jose Earthquakes on MLS Live. Another excellent call by Luke Wileman (@lukewileman) up in Toronto by the way, give him a follow, 1 of the best announcers in MLS.
So, to our game on Sunday, I thought FC Dallas did very well defensively but also in spurts looked very dangerous going forward. George John marked CJ Sapong superbly, I think John had 1 of the better defensive displays i've seen in a while yesterday. Ricardo Villar I find very easy on the eye when he's in the kind of form he is at the moment. I think I described his goal as 'vintage' as he hit the net and its safe to say it really was a wonderful strike. For me the timing of Sportings equalizer was key. Jake (@jakeyadrich) mentioned the word momentum on the call and I think if any team gets a goal on the stroke of half time, they go in at the half way point full of momentum. In the first half Sporting seemed to struggle to find a way through the FC Dallas back line, but in the 2nd half, with momentum behind them, they looked a lot more confident and seemed more adventurous as well. Kamara was denied a 2nd of the season thank to a fantastic save from Hartman from the penalty spot, but he got his just rewards in the end and I think Kevin Hartman may want to look at his positioning for that goal.
All in all, another busy week in MLS. Don't forget we have the Olympic qualifiers on Saturday March 31st and Monday 2nd April at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, hopefully the USA will be competing! We're on MLS duties once again this coming weekend, looking forward to our trip to the Home Depot Center, I always feel like i'm on a movie set strutting through the streets of Los Angeles. I think Sporting KC have a good chance of snatching all 3 points at Chivas USA, but remember, they did just beat Real Salt Lake at 'fortress' Rio Tinto stadium. Also as an Aston Villa fan it always nice to see Juan Pablo Angel playing also. Could be a good contest, I wonder if our old friend Ryan Smith will make an appearance? Who knows!
Jake and I will have the call on KSMO - TV. We get underway at 7.30pm CT for the pre game show. We also have the regular slot on 610 Sports Radio on Thursday evening from 7-8pm CT, hoping to have a Chivas USA guest confirmed later today.
Tune in on Thursday and see you all on Sunday from LA.