Rapid reaction: Sporting KC 3, Revs 0
March, 17, 2012
By Brian O'Connell | ESPNBoston.com
The luck clearly wasn’t with the Revolution (0-2-0, 0 points) on Saturday after they went down to 10 men early and fell 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City (2-0-0, 6 points) at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Stephen McCarthy was shown a red card in the 14th minute, which opened the door for Graham Zusi (28’), Kei Kamara (39’) and C.J. Sapong (47’) to score as the Sporting K.C. won its second straight game. Despite having the man advantage, Sporting K.C. keeper Jimmy Nielson was called upon to make six saves en route to his second shutout in as many games.
The 3-0 loss keeps the Revolution winless -- and scoreless -- in 2012, while Sporting K.C. stays atop the Conference standings with a maximum of six points and a plus-4 goal differential.
Tactical change: Revolution coach Jay Heaps decided to scrap the 4-4-2 formation and instead went with a 4-5-1 shape after his squad struggled with possession in last week’s 1-0 loss at San Jose. Saer Sene featured as the lone striker and Lee Nguyen, who slotted into the withdrawn striker’s as a late game sub last week, got the nod on the left side of the midfield.
Sene makes his MLS debut: Sene made his debut with the Revolution after a knee injury kept him out of action last week. The French forward played 57 minutes, but didn’t register a single shot, before he was subbed for Diego Fagundez.
White gets his first taste of MLS ... finally: Eight years after he was drafted by the Revolution in the third round of the 2004 SuperDraft, midfielder Jeremiah White made his MLS debut as a 62nd minute substitute. The former Wake Forest goalscorer took off for Europe after he was drafted, only to return to the Revolution earlier this month after spells in Belgium, France, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Poland.
Sporting K.C. missing a shade of Teal: The hosts were without starting striker Teal Bunbury on Saturday, thanks to the 22-year-old’s call-up for U.S. Olympic team duty. The Americans will kick off Group A qualifying on Mar. 22 against Cuba at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
Revs see red in KC ... again: McCarthy’s 14th-minute red card was the second straight red card issued to a Revolution center back in as many games. Last season, A.J. Soares was red carded in the 82nd minute of a 1-1 draw at Kansas City on Jul. 30.
Kamara loves playing against New England: Kei Kamara put his hands together in the shape of a heart in the 39th minute after he scored his sixth goal against the Revolution in 10 games. Interestingly enough, he’s scored against the Revolution while playing for three different teams (Sporting K.C., Columbus and Houston).
Wins still hard to come by: Going back to the 2011 season, the 3-0 loss keeps the Revolution outside the win column for the eighth straight game -- one short of tying the team record. In fact, the Revolution have only won twice in their past 26 games going back to May 21.
Next up: After going 0-2-0 on their season-opening road trip, the Revolution return home on Mar. 24 to face their second Western Conference opponent in three weeks, the Portland Timbers. The game will kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET and will follow an international friendly between the women’s national teams of Brazil and Canada (1:00 p.m.).