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Sporting KC II Falls 4-3 at Tacoma Defiance

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July 8, 2024 – MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
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Sporting Kansas City II (6-6-4, 24 points) fell 4-3 at the Tacoma Defiance (8-7-1, 26 points) in an end-to-end battle at Starfire Sports Complex on Sunday night. Maouloune Goumballe scored twice in the first half, telling his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign and Ethan Bryant added his third goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Ryan Schewe saved a penalty kick and saved a season-high nine shots in a fantastic effort that fell just short. Despite holding a 3-1 halftime lead, Tacoma rallied to score three times in the second to take all three points in the two sides’ only meeting of the 2024 regular season.

Head coach Benny Feilhaber placed Schewe in the net for his 12th start of the season while Jonathan Robinson, Chris Rindov, Haris Alisah and Mason Visconti played in defense. Sebastian Cruz, Cielo Tschantret and Kamron Habibullah played in the middle with Beto Avila joining Bryant and Goumballe up top.

A wide-open contest featuring 37 total shots provided 90 straight minutes of exhilarating soccer. Schewe made his first of nine saves in the fourth minute, sprawling down to the ground to deny Dylan Tevez on the near post in the fourth minute. SKC II’s first box entry came four minutes later when Avila saw a shot blocked out for the match’s first of seven corner kicks.

Two minutes later, Goumballe struck on a different corner kick from the far side of the pitch. A delicious ball was served toward the near post where Rindov flicked it back to a waiting Goumballe on the back post. The winger settled the ball, took a touch inside and thundered a shot through traffic past the helpless Trevor Wilson and into the back of the net.

Goumballe smashes the ball through traffic! 🗣️@SportingKCII off to a strong start. pic.twitter.com/CNf7sQVtOi

Sporting KC II remained on the attack, firing the next shot in the 15th minute. After another entry into the 18 by Bryant, the midfielder was swarmed, losing possession. The ball skipped out to Visconti who fired an ambitious volley off the mark. Rindov received the first caution of the evening for a foul along the left sideline a minute later.

The Tacoma set piece was played short and eventually ended up in the hands of Schewe on his near post. Moments later he was called upon again to make a save, diving to deny Osaze De Rosario. Bryant and Habibullah each looked to double the lead in the 22nd and 23rd minute….

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