Saturday, November 23, 2013

No more road games this year

Today, Sporting KC plays Houston Dynamo in the 2nd leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.

What's at stake?  (sarc)  Not much (/sarc)
  • A Sporting KC win brings MLS Cup to Sporting Park on Saturday, December 6.  This would be the first major-sports title match in Kansas City since game 7 of the 1985 World Series
  • A Sporting KC win puts SKC in the 2014-2015 CCL.
    (Correction, SKC needs to win MLS Cup, or have Portland win MLS Cup to get in)
  • A Sporting KC win gets the can't-beat-Houston-jinx off our backs.
This is the 6th time Kansas City's MLS team has reached this step - one match away from the MLS Cup Final.  So far, we're 2-3, having beaten LA in 2000 and 2004 to advance to MLS Cup; and losing to San Jose in 2003, and Houston in 2007 and 2011.  (And, Houston is actually - conspiratorial glance - the old SJ team that beat us... kinda like the Browns/Ravens thing.)

On November 9, SKC and Houston played to a scoreless draw.  This time, there will be a winner.  If not in 90 minutes, then in 30 minutes of overtime.  If not in 120 minutes, then in penalty kicks.



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