It’s always hard for a team to play one man down, and after defender Stephen McCarthy was sent off in the 14th minute due to a soft but justifiable red card, it was on Sharlie Joseph’s shoulders to cover the space that was left unmanned.
Unfortunately for New England, Joseph’s defending responsibilities weren't enough, as Sporting Kansas City decimated New England with a 3-0 shutout. Joseph was involved in all three goals for Kansas City.
He failed to properly clear Seth Sinovic’s cross, which lead to a scrabble in the box and Graham Zusi’s eventual tap in.
Moments later, Joseph didn’t close the space on Sinovic, allowing him a free cross that Kei Kamara blasted past goalkeeper Matt Reis.
In the second half, it was Sinovic again that blew past Joseph and allowed the KC defender to cut the ball back to C.J. Sapong for the final tally.