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SKC winless in seven after 3-2 loss at Austin FC

Beautiful goals from Russell & Davis weren’t enough as Sporting KC fall to Austin FC and extend the winless streak to seven matches.



Credit: Thad Bell

The winless streak has reached seven games after Sporting KC fell 3-2 at a rabid Q2 Stadium against Austin FC. Johnny Russell opened the scoring but The Trees (or whatever they are?) quickly regained control and never let go.

But hey, at least Jake Davis gave us another absolute banger we can hold onto.

Peter Vermes didn’t shakeup the starting lineup as much as expected after his intense criticism of the team all week. Robert Castellanos and Zorhan Bassong were starting on the backline, but it was largely the same squad.

They got off to a hot start with Russell sniffing the goal in the opening moments. In the 18th minute, it was a very clever combination with Alan Pulido which led to the breakthrough.

Getting the first goal is just what you wanted to see. After the past week, we might have expected SKC to come out of the gates foaming at the mouth. But the lead didn’t even last ten minutes.

The entire sequence was a disaster. The first pass from Fontas was a mistake. The second pass from Castellanos was even worse. Tim Melia was in a terrible spot but made another terrible choice for an easy goal.

Austin FC just had too much firepower for the Sporting KC defense. Jader Obrian doubled the lead to bag a birthday brace in the 38th minute.

Things went from bad to worse just seconds into the second half. Andreu Fontas was beat badly on the wing and it was a simple header from the talisman Sebastian Driussi.

After the stunner from Davis, Sporting KC sensed the tide turning. It felt like they could still get a result. Vermes brought in Tzionis and Agada for Salloi and Pulido, respectively, during the restart.

The home side was able to weather that storm for several minutes and got the crowd back into the match.

Austin were awarded a penalty kick in the 82nd minute after a wild play in the box. Tim Melia was called for the foul on Driussi, and then did what he does best.

He saved another PK.

It was a big save that kept his team in the match, but even though Erik Thommy hit the post in stoppage time, they never found the equalizer.

Sporting are now in 13th place with just 11 points through 13 matches. Next Saturday, they travel to Providence Park to take on the Portland Timbers for a late 9:30pm kickoff.

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