Sporting KC goes from being underdog to top-ranked


Jordan McEntee, Sports Editor

They were a brand new team.
Their first 10 games were away because they didn’t even have a home stadium.
They won only one of those ten games.
On June 9, everything turned around for Sporting Kansas City.
The brand new, multi-million-dollar LIVESTRONG Sporting Park was finally opened for the team’s first home game against the Chicago Fire.
Going into the game with a 1-6-3 record, Sporting had quite a bit to prove.
Things have definitely turned around since then.
Since the construction of the new stadium, 17 of their last 22 games have been played at home, with The Cauldron fan section providing essential support for the Sporting.
No one expected the team to skyrocket from dead last to the top of the Eastern Conference.
But that’s exactly what happened when Sporting put up a win over Columbus last night.
I’ve heard too many times, “I don’t know why you follow soccer. It’s just so boring to watch.”
Is that a joke?
It doesn’t get much more exciting than the end of the Major League Soccer season.
Playoff games are lurking around the corner and teams need to make a good showing and rake in as many points as possible.
It’s been a crazy few weeks in the MLS.
Sporting KC had been moving its way up the Eastern Conference ranks and finally made it to the top, tied with the Columbus Crew at 41 points.
Days later, the Houston Dynamos came out of no where and cracked the top spot in the division with 42 points.
The suspense was building for Kansas City.
And last night, the Sporting harvested a 2-1 win over Columbus with goals from Kei Kamara and an own goal off a throw-in by Matt Besler.
This was exactly what KC needed to claim the first place spot in the East.
If you had told me the Sporting would come this far in their first season, I would have said you’re crazy.
But it happened.
Sporting KC will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 1 against the San Jose Earthquakes, fighting for another win to keep their spot as the top dogs.
If suspense like this isn’t enough to get you to watch MLS soccer, I don’t know what is.