Sporting Kansas City were coming off an emotional loss on Wednesday, when they traveled to take on Chicago Fire FC. A last-second equalizer from the Fire that saw them drop two points doesn't seem to have taken down the temperature in Kansas City.
On Wednesday, Sporting coach Peter Vermes made his irritation clear with the officials when describing a call that was made that didn't go in his team's favor. On Saturday, Vermes seemed equally as irritated as he was against Dallas. Chicago's first goal came after a Video Review that ruled a Robert Beric shot crossed the goal line before Amadou Dia was able to clear it. Later in the game, a tangle in the box involving Cameron Duke and Alvaro Medran could have resulted in a Sporting penalty (watch the video below).
"Did you want to add that it was four minutes of extra time and the goal was scored at four minutes and roughly 19-20 seconds? And I'm trying to understand where the additional time came from because the game was being played by both teams at a fast and furious pace," Vermes said about the calls that have not gone Sporting's way in recent days.
Erik Hurtado, who scored his second goal in three games in the absence of Mexican national team striker Alan Pulido — certainly didn't seem to take any moral victories as his team blew their chance to take first place in the Western Conference.
"Very upset right now. Very upset right now. We had the three points there and just the mental lapse at the end of the game after we did everything right. The three points were there for us and it's just really frustrating right now and I think we deserved the win."
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As for the equalizer, Djordje Mihailovic will take it during another self-described up-and-down season which has seen him go in and out of the starting lineup.
"I was first to the ball, got around them and with the field — it was a bit bumpy from the football game — I didn't really want to risk some issue with that. I just had to control the ball and make sure I had it all under control so that's what I did."