In eight days, Sporting Kansas City played in three games concluding with Saturday’s match against red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy. Throughout those three games, Sporting KC won all three, secured nine points, and climbed to the top of Major League Soccer‘s Eastern Conference standings. They lead second-place DC United by one point with DC having a game in hand over the Eastern Conference leaders.
With the way they have been playing and going 5-0-1 in their last six games, it is making many wonder can they be stopped?
Sporting KC won all three games by a 2-1 scoreline with their win against the Galaxy being their most impressive. In extending their winning streak to three games and their point streak to six games, Sporting cooled off a Galaxy squad that had not lost in over two months. The Galaxy’s last lost came on May 17th against the Houston Dyanmo in a 1-0 result.
In addition to defeating a in-form Galaxy team led by Robbie Keane, Sporting traveled to Columbus and stole three points with Benny Feilhaber‘s stoppage time goal. Sporting seems to be playing their best soccer of the season and that does not seem to be changing anytime soon. This looks to be true with recently signing star player Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to long-term contracts through 2018.
Kansas City looks to keep up their hot play as they take on Toronto FC on July 26 before facing the Philadelphia Union on August 1st. Interestingly enough, one of their five season losses came against Philadelphia, so Philadelphia may be able to come away with another win against the Eastern Conference leaders. However, I don’t see Philadelphia breaking Sporting’s point streak in their August 1st match. Likewise, with Michael Bradley still not playing to his full potential post-World Cup, there seems to be little chance Toronto cools off Kansas City.
It looks Kansas City are on a roll right now and the only people stopping their momentum are there own team. However, there’s a reason every sporting event is played: expect the unexpected because it’s destined to happen.