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Revs crushed by KC; face Galaxy Sat.

5/27/2011

In a performance that could only be branded as pure humiliation, the Revolution suffered a 5-0 rout at the hands of Sporting Kansas City during Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup play-in match.

Chance Myers and C.J. Sapong each scored a pair of goals while Aurelien Collin contributed to the beatdown as Sporting K.C. secured a berth in the U.S. Open Cup tournament. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg kept the sheet clean for the home side to record his first shutout of the season.

The match was played at Blue Valley District Activities Complex while Sporting K.C.'s home stadium -- Livestrong Sporting Park -- awaits its grand opening on June 9.

Worst defeat since 2009: The Revs suffered their worst defeat since Real Salt Lake beat them 6-0 back on April 25, 2009 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

That was fast: Sporting K.C.'s goals in the 9th, 19th, and 23rd minutes were the quickest three goals (14 minutes) the Revs have allowed all season. The previous mark was set on April 30 when Chivas USA lit the Revs' net on fire with three goals within 35 minutes.

Shut Out of Cup Play: For the first time since 1999, the Revs find themselves limited to league action this summer after being knocked out of the U.S. Open competition.

Second time's a charm... for K.C: In their first matchup of the season, K.C. fell 3-2 to the Revs on April 23 at Gillette Stadium. None of the Revs' goal scorers from that game -- Marko Perovic, Shalrie Joseph and Rajko Lekic -- was available for Wednesday's re-match.

Ex-Rev gets revenge: Sporting K.C. right back Seth Sinovic, who was waived by the Revs back in April, faced his former teammates for the first time. In the 24th minute, the former Rev tasted sweet revenge when he assisted on Sapong's first goal of the game.

Conditions uncooperative: Making matters worse for the Revs, the weather in Overland Park quickly deteriorated shortly after Sapong's 24th-minute strike. With a windy, driving rain spitting onto the pitch, the Revs, already down 3-0, had to attack against the gusts in the second half. With the wind in their faces and a soggy pitch beneath them, the weather wreaked havoc on New England's passing game for the remainder of the night.

Providence College alums make their debut: Supplemental draft pick Andrew Sousa, from Fall River, Mass., saw his first action with the Revs Wednesday night with a start in the central midfield. Sousa, who has been nursing a quad injury this season, was the Revs' free-kick specialist and delivered some keen balls to his teammates. Meanwhile, second-year keeper Tim Murray, who was loaned to FC New York last month, was recalled for the match and made his first team debut when Bobby Shuttleworth came out in the 72nd minute.

It won't get easier: The Revs must regroup quickly as the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy make their way to Foxborough on Saturday. The Galaxy, who tied 1-1 with the Revs on March 20, will be seeking revenge for a game they felt they should have won had it not been for three disallowed goals.

Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.