HOW IT PLAYED OUT
Anything less than three points was sure to disappoint Sporting Kansas City Wednesday night after the visiting New York Red Bulls trotted out a starting squad absent its tenured talent.
After 45 minutes and a barrage of shots, it looked like Sporting KC was squandering its chances to put away the visitors who appeared overwhelmed from the get go. But Dom Dwyer and his right foot had other ideas, as both worked in tandem to tally a brace and a 2-0 victory. In case you're keeping track, that's now six shutouts in nine matches, and just three goals allowed. Dwyer himself has scored five goals in as many games, which has helped propel Sporting KC to the top of the Western Conference standings.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Others distributed and defended better on Wednesday, but Jimmy Medranda played a major role in both Sporting KC goals. Stopping the ball from going out allowed Sporting KC to remain on the front foot leading up to the opening goal as the Red Bulls scrambled in emergency defending mode. Nearly half an hour later, his pinpoint diagonal ball to Benny Feilhaber maintained the build-up that hand-delivered Dwyer his second directly in front of goal. While he lacks polish at times, there's no denying that Medranda continues to do the little things that add up in Sporting KC's pressing style. He always seems to be around the ball, which is a big reason Peter Vermes continues to include him in the starting 11.
GIF OF THE MATCH
(In case this GIF is too abstract, this random foot represents Dom Dwyer's right foot, which is currently on fire.)
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