Either Sporting KC was playing tired, overlooking the Quakes, or the Quakes found a new formation and squad which can generate offense unseen all season.
The Quakes dominated the stats against Sporting KC: 17 shots to SKC’s 10, nine shots on target to SKC’s two, 54% possession, 410 passes to SKC’s 350, and five goals to SKC’s zero. Truth be told the Quakes should have won 7-0, but Fatai Alashe had a goal called back on a play in which he appeared onside, and Wondo missed a wide-open shot on net, a shot which he will make 99 times out of 100.
The fact that the Quakes put up such numbers against Sporting KC is probably more amazing than the stats themselves. The Quakes dominated in every respect despite flirting with last-place a few days prior to the match while SKC led the league in points-per-game. This win was demoralizing for Sporting, who have their sites set on the treble this season.
Dom Kinnear employed an empty-bucket 4-4-2 with Godoy and Alashe playing the double-pivot DM formation as MPG was out due to injury. This helped the Quakes establish a high press defense which kept Sporting KC on its heels, from which the Quakes used to set up all their goals on the counter-attack.
It was a night of 100s as well. Shea made is 100th start, Wondo scored his 100th Quakes goal, and Bingham made his 100th save. All in all, I’m shocked at the result, and hopeful for our playoff future. We seem to have found something that has been lacking all season, and at just the right time. Let’s hope we can keep it going in the coming weeks.
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