Starting Out Strong A win on Saturday against New York City FC would match the Lions’ best start in Club history after going four fixtures unbeaten to start the 2016 MLS campaign with a 2-0-2 record. The Lions battled to draws against Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire before taking victories over Saturday’s opposition and the Portland Timbers to begin their second season in Major League Soccer just five years ago.
Pulido and Walter are square – allowing RSL to pass between the lines – and Ilie is nowhere near Ruiz. Furthermore, left winger Khiry Shelton is in no-man’s land. He can neither cut out a pass wide to Brody nor prevent the most dangerous ball: a splitting pass behind Shelton and in front of left back Luis Martins.
The Energy lineup had former SKC II player Tucker Stephenson on the bench to start the game (he did come on to start the second half). Sporting KC II came out at full speed and looked much sharper than their Week 1 showing. SKC Homegrown Ozzie Cisneros, along with Cameron Duke, consistently ripped through the midfield with pace and skill.