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Sporting Kansas City is trying its best to put a positive spin
on a three-game losing streak that has followed a franchise-best
It’s been a long time since it has experienced a defeat against
the Colorado Rapids.
Visiting Kansas City looks to extend its seven-match unbeaten
streak against Colorado when the teams meet Saturday night.
Sporting KC (7-3-0) saw its current funk continue with a 2-1
loss at Chicago last Saturday. The club gave up two goals during
its 7-0 start but has allowed five in the three games since.
“We just have to be careful not to get frustrated,” goalkeeper
Jimmy Nielsen told the team’s official website. “It’s painful to
lose three games in a row, but we’re not the first team to lose
three games. We just have to get back on track, do what we’re good
at, play with full discipline for 90 minutes. We all know we’re a
strong team if we do all that.”
Despite the skid, Kansas City is one point behind first-place
“If someone gave us a contract in preseason that we were going
to win the first seven out of 10 and have 21 points, I think we all
would have signed it,” defender Matt Besler said. “We’re in a good
spot. We’re right in the thick of things.”
Sporting KC could also be in good position to end its losing
streak Saturday. The club has gone 3-0-4 in its last seven against
Colorado dating to March 28, 2009.
The teams played to 1-all draws in two regular-season meetings
last year before Sporting KC earned a pair of 2-0 victories in the
two-game playoff series Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.
Conor Casey scored both of the Rapids’ goals against Kansas City
in 2011, but tore his left Achilles’ on July 16. He made his return
Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to D.C. after missing 27 MLS games.
“Physically, it’s all positive. The minutes were good. I didn’t
feel too bad at the end, so that’s good,” Casey told the team’s
official website. “I’m really excited about that and getting back
in the swing of it. Obviously the game didn’t go very well for us,
but other than that, physically I feel good. I’m happy with the
Colorado (5-6-0) has dropped five of seven and should be looking
forward to playing five of its next six at home, where it’s 3-1-0
while outscoring opponents 9-2.
“With where we’re at in the season, we’ve got to be able to
adapt quickly because we can’t keep dropping points,” Casey
Sporting KC won its first three road games but has dropped two
matches away from home during its skid. Prior to those defeats,
Kansas City had gone 7-1-5 in its previous 13 on the road.
“Whether we’ve won seven games in a row, or whether we’ve lost
three in a row, we’re getting ready with the same passion, the same
work ethic as we were on the first one,” coach Peter Vermes said.
“It’s the way we go about our business.”