Sporting KC Falls 2-1 to Houston

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May 11, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Sporting Kansas City News Release

Sporting Kansas City (2-5-5, 11 points) fell 2-1 to Houston Dynamo FC (5-4-2, 17 points) on Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park.

Daniel Salloi bagged his first goal of the season to draw Sporting level on the hour mark after Houston had taken a first-half lead through Hector Herrera, but the Dynamo surged ahead for good in the 78th minute behind a decisive strike from Ibrahim Aliyu.

Manager Peter Vermes deployed a starting XI highlighted by a formidable front four that had never previously started together: Salloi, captain Johnny Russell, forward Alan Pulido and striker Willy Agada. Nemanja Radoja and Memo Rodriguez sat deeper in the midfield, while goalkeeper Tim Melia was shielded by a backline of Jake Davis, Andreu Fontas, Robert Voloder and Tim Leibold. Regular starters Dany Rosero (quad) and Remi Walter (knee) remained out with injuries, while midfielder Erik Thommy saw his streak of 57 straight regular season appearances end due to an absence for personal reasons.

The hosts began brightly as Pulido conjured the first decent look after 15 minutes, winning a tackle 35 yards from goal and carrying the ball forward only to see his venomous blast blocked through traffic. Seconds later, Rodriguez did brilliantly to intercept a pass in Houston’s defensive third before blazing a low drive inches wide of the far left post.

Houston threatened at the opposite end in the 22nd minute. Coco Carrasquilla found a pocket of acreage on the edge of the box to clip a diagonal ball to the opposite post, but Ibrahim Aliyu miscalculated his side-volley attempt and Sporting were let off the hook. His fleeting chance preceded another promising attack from Sporting, with Russell lofting in a seductive delivery from the right that glanced across the face of goal without a finishing touch.

Herrera vaulted the visitors ahead on a sweetly struck curler in the 31st minute. An orchestrated move saw Houston play a short corner kick and work the ball centrally to the longtime Mexican international, who was afforded too much space on the edge of the area to bend a 20-yard strike into the far right corner for his first goal of the 2024 campaign.

Sporting wasted no time looking to respond and nearly did so in spectacular fashion in the 37th minute when Salloi’s 35-yard heat-seeker was palmed away by Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark. Rodriguez’s all-action display against his former club carried into the late…

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