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My First Leg Prediction: Houston Dynamo 1 - 1 Sporting Kansas City
Actual Result: Houston Dynamo 2 - 0 Sporting Kansas City
Level of concern for Sporting: DEFCON 1
Second Leg: Nov. 7, 9 p.m. ET
Sporting Kansas City is a different story. Its 2-0 defeat to the pesky Houston Dynamo has elevated the team to DEFCON 1.
Not only did Houston continue its dominance at BBVA Compass Stadium, it continued to haunt a Sporting side that is still looking for its first victory over the Dynamo this year.
A 1-0 defeat would have been difficult to overcome for Sporting, but a demoralizing 2-0 loss is almost insurmountable.
Adam Moffat’s brilliant strike in the first half—a ballistic missile off his right foot that found the back of the net from 25 yards out—put Sporting on its heels.
Bruin’s goal in the 75th minute laid them out. Sporting is now on the verge of falling to Houston for the second-consecutive year.
The KC Cauldron and South Stand will need to provide Sporting with an intimidating, hostile environment for its second leg. Its season is dependent upon them.
Coach Kinnear continues his postseason dominance and the Dynamo are clicking at the right time. A single goal for Houston in its second leg of this series will be fatal for Sporting.
Many questioned whether Sporting had matured after last year. That question will finally be answered on Wednesday night.
Sporting fans should start making plans for next season. Unlike the Galaxy, it does not have the championship resilience to overcome such a significant margin.
I am not abandoning ship on my prediction, but I'm not even a Sporting Kansas City fan and I'm concerned.
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