Saturday, August 10, 2013
Revs drop 2nd straight, 3-0 at Kansas City
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
Kei Kamara scored on each side of halftime to send the Revolution, who ended the game with nine men, to their second straight loss in a 3-0 Sporting Kansas City victory at Sporting Park on Saturday.
Kamara's first strike came in the 28th minute, when he elevated above Kevin Alston inside the box and headed a Soony Saad cross beyond the reach of Bobby Shuttleworth. His second goal came on another ball from Saad as he powered home a header in the 50th minute.
Former Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber piled it on in the 90+2 minute when his free kick from the doorstep of the area casually curled into the back of the net.
Dimitry Imbongo's second caution in the 64th minute and second-half substitute Andy Dorman's straight red card in the 86th minute forced the Revolution to finish with two fewer than they started with.
The Revolution's best chance to score came in the 40th minute when Lee Nguyen dropped a ball on the heel of Imbongo, who beat the backline and fired a shot that Jimmy Nielsen dismantled well in front of frame.
The Revolution's loss ended their two-game road winning streak and saw their record go to 8-9-6 (30 points), while Kansas City snapped their two-game losing streak and upped their mark to 11-7-6 (39 points).
What it means: Although the Revolution came into Saturday's match winners of their last two road matches, they probably would've been satisfied with a point at Sporting Park. Given the difficulties that Kansas City's high-pressure often causes for an opponent, it wasn't long before the Revolution crumpled under the weight of all the numbers the hosts sent forward. With the Revolution chasing the game after Kamara's second goal, the situation went from bad to worse shortly thereafter with Imbongo's ejection. Dorman's dismissal, along with Feilhaber's stoppage time goal, brought the match to farcical proportions thanks to some questionable decisions by referee Baldomero Toledo. All in all, it was the kind of game the Revolution will quickly toss into the wastebasket with another important match against Chicago next weekend.
Stat of the game: Saturday's loss marked the second time in their last three games at Sporting Park that the Revolution have dropped a 3-0 decision to Kansas City. The last time it happened came on March 17, 2012 -- a game which also saw the Revolution finish shorthanded due to a 15th-minute red card to Stephen McCarthy.
Lineup changes: Jay Heaps made a number of tweaks to his lineup at Sporting Park. Kevin Alston got the start at left back, his first since being cleared to play following the news of his leukemia diagnosis. Meanwhile, Chris Tierney pushed up to the left midfielder's spot, while Kelyn Rowe returned to the attacking midfielder's role. Diego Fagundez, who started 16 of the club's last 17 games, began the game on the bench before coming on for Alston in the 57th minute as the Revolution went to a 3-5-2 formation.
Next up: The Revolution will look to bounce back next Saturday when they host the Chicago Fire for the first of a two-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.