San Jose (8-2-3) at Kansas City (7-3-1), 4:30 p.m.
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City may have squandered a
two-goal lead in its last match at the Colorado Rapids, but head coach Peter
Vermes still managed to put a positive spin on the result.
"It was a good result for us on the road," Vermes told MLSsoccer.com following
the match. "We're getting out of here with one point. We wanted to get out of
here with three, but this was still a good result for us."
One month ago, Vermes might not have been as positive with the club riding a
seven-game winning streak that took Sporting to the top of the Eastern
But that is the state of affairs in Kansas City at the moment ahead of a home
contest with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
Sporting's winning run was followed by three straight defeats and then the
draw with the Rapids. But Vermes has to be hoping his team can return to its
early-season form and get back on the winning track.
One positive to take from the 2-2 draw was the performance of striker Teal
Bunbury, who was making his first start since the season opener and who
tallied two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game.
San Jose recently snapped out of a funk of its own last time out, rallying
from two goals down in the second half to claim a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles
The Earthquakes entered the match on a three-game winless streak, but moved to
the top of the Western Conference with the win, which was secured with a
stoppage-time goal from Alan Gordon.
Gordon came off the bench at halftime to spark the comeback, and with leading
scorer Chris Wondolowski away on international duty, 'Quakes head coach Frank
Yallop was pleased with how well the partnership of Gordon and striker Steven
"It was great," Yallop said of the Gordon-Lenhart pairing. "For us, it was a
good look at two target forwards that are not just target forwards. They're
mobile, they're quick, they're very clean on the ball and I think they played
really well together."
Yallop will have to hope for more of the same on Sunday if his team wants to
remain on top of the Western Conference.