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Sporting KC lost, but is there actually Positive Progress?

Sporting Kansas City lose more than just at soccer, as Felipe Hernandez is placed on leave. We also talk through the upcoming signings.



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For the Glory KC is back with the 89th episode of the show!

Sporting Kansas City have returned to their losing ways, unfortunately. After a hopeful win at home against the Seattle Sounders, they dropped a result to the LA Galaxy 4-2 in California. There were some interesting lineup choices, lots of standing around on the first goal and lots of things to talk about that are pretty negative from the game.

However, was there something to build on? The underlying numbers are actually not that bad. Sporting KC were creating chances, they just didn’t finish them. That, sadly, feels like progress from all these games where it felt like they can’t even get a decent shot off. The issue is, it’s all too late as the season is in the back half and they just lost again.

Unfortunately, we have to talk about the elephant in the room that is Felipe Hernandez. He was suspended for the second time for gambling related violations. It really feels like we’ll never see Felipe in a Sporting KC uniform again. The question is, what sort of punishment is he in for? I’d assume he’ll not be allowed to play in Major League Soccer, but how far or wide could a ban/suspension go?

Then we talk about the Peter Vermes interview in the KC Star with Daniel Sperry about the upcoming transfer window. On the pod we try to look long-term since any move will come too late in the season if the team hasn’t already gone on a great winning streak. Vermes mentions the need for an attacking midfielder, in somewhat of a contrast to what Mike Illig said last week about needing a winger and a central defender.

The Kansas City Current unfortunately couldn’t carry Kansas City soccer this weekend settling for a 2-2 draw to the Chicago Red Stars. It led to a discussion about rivalries in the NWSL. It sort of feels like the only rival the Current have right now, is the referees.

In the Digital Crawl, we hit a few other topics, including:

  • SKC II lose
  • Camille Ashton found a new, very similar, NWSL job
  • SKC injury updates for Salloi, Remi and Rosero
  • A KC Current injury update for Vanessa DiBernardo
  • Lots of US Soccer news
  • and Pitchside Coffee by several KC Current players

Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):

  • Sporting KC lose again – 4:41
  • Felipe Hernandez suspended – 27:41
  • Vermes gives a transfer update – 44:01
  • KC Current draw at home – 58:05
  • Digital Crawl – 1:07:22

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake – Wednesday, June 19th @ 7:30 PM CT
  • Sporting KC at Columbus Crew – Saturday, June 22nd @ 6:30 PM
  • KC Current at Portland Thorns – Sunday, June 23rd @ 3:00 PM
  • Sporting KC II at St. Louis City II – Sunday, June 23rd @ 6:00 PM

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