Joe is a Kansas City boy through and through, though born in "God's Country" just east of KC. Perhaps that is why he has lived in St. Louis the past five years spreading dissent and harassing the locals about how they don't understand the pain of being a sports fan. Since the Royals won a World Series three months into his life, the never ending search for another winner has yielded little save a Wizards MLS Cup, when no one was watching. I write about Sporting KC here and you'll find me occasionally around SBNation making comments under my real name and then regretting it.
It wasn't a masterpiece of soccer, but I don't think anyone in Kansas City will worry about that. Sporting KC wins their second US Open Cup trophy in a game they controlled for the most part, but only after the nerve-wracking penalty kicks.
Tomorrow is a chance for Sporting KC to change the script once more. It is the first time to paint the wall in the present instead of a herald towards the successes of the past.
The standings don't show a team struggling, nor do they show the team that separated themselves from the pack early in the season. However, not all is bleak for the team's future prospects.
Stoke brings their anti-style, all results football to meet our similarly pragmatic, some results soccer.
The Ligue 1 champions offer fans a taste of French football culture outside of Aurelien Collin's frequent Internet lessons.
A different Philadelphia comes to Livestrong than the unit that suffered a 3-0 defeat. The heat should be on, and again Sporting will rely on a reserve heavy midfield to stifle the strength of New England's squad.
Player ratings for Sporting KC's players in their 2-1 loss to Houston. Peterson, Kamara, and Collin get the highest marks. The midfield, well, not so much.
Peterson Joseph's Roger Espinoza impression does not impress Sporting KC fans, but does entertain casual observers. The rest of the team performs admirably, which is supporter speak for "loses with dignity, which still makes us miserable." At the end
BBVA Compass Park has been a fortress for Houston in its first season. Can Sporting KC be the first to walk out with three points. If so they'll have to do it without Roger Espinoza, but the team now has depth to combat injuries and absences.