In a mental game that toed and froed throughout, Sporting KC eventually overcame Chicago Fire 4-3. Here are three things we learned from the madness.
Sometimes football is a just a crazy, crazy game. That is certainly the case here. Sporting Kansas City travelled to Chicago Fire, who were playing their first game of the season after missing Week 1, with the hope of righting the wrongs from their New York City FC loss a week prior. Who knew that they would do it in such astonishing fashion.
Here are three things we learned from the ridiculous 4-3 victory.
3. Defensive issues remain
Peter Vermes teams don’t concede goals. It is not in their DNA. Resolute, discipline, hard-working and well-drilled. They are the adjectives that usually describe his teams, Sporting KC being the latest of them. But this was the second match in succession that KC showed clear defensive weaknesses that will undermine their progress this season.
In the first half, they were very good, especially in dealing with crosses from set pieces and open play. That could not be said for the second half. Hapless clearances. A Dax McCarty header from a corner. Lacklustre marking. These are just some of the problems that undermined KC’s progress.
The good news is that they are fixable. They are not structural, tactical issues. They are individual errors that can be ironed out. For the most part, KC still, oddly enough for a team that conceded three goals, looked relatively secure. But the mistakes of last week again reared their ugly head. That cannot be the case for the remainder of the year.