Peter Vermes who is the Sporting Kansas City manager changed the formation of his team for the match against FC Cincinnati.
Gianluca Busio, one of the stars of the game, was only16-year-old. He looked composed and calm with the ball and even ended up with a goal in his position at the central midfield also it was a more of a gift after a mix-up by FC Cincinnati’s defenders.
Additionally, in Sporting KC colors, Gedion Zelalem made his MLS debut starting, playing for 57 minutes besides Busio as Zelalem developed match fitness, the early scoring by Busio lead to a new MLS record for the teenager. His goal equalized first-half penalty kick by Darren Mattocks, and the MLS expansion opponents had several open chances on counter attacks to bring down all the three points in the second half.
Roland Lamah was brought down in the penalty area, and Cincinnati took the early lead in the 19th minute. Adrian Zendejas was sent the wrong way by Darren Mattocks who stepped up and went to give the hosts the lead. That was Mattocks’ first goal of the season and seemed to provide him with an added advantage of confidence.
Kelyn Rowe missed a great chance in the box and Mattocks blasting a hit that went off the post to show that both teams had good chances to score later in half.
Kekuta Manneh was scored on goal but kept his strike wide, and Cincinnati was made to play in the second half. Busio made a terrific chase via the middle of the park and was nearly picked out by Rowen with the ball off on the left wing. But, with left-back Greg Garza and Spencer Richey who was Cincinnati goalkeeper approaching the ball, the two came head on and were unable to clear the ball, allowing Busio to strike into an empty net.
It will remain in people’s mind how both sides for missed changes to both scores in a game that ended at 1-1. The play of Kenny Saief was one of the other bright spots, associated with the U.S. Men’s National Team During his debut after joining FC Cincinnati, the American-born, Israeli-raised striker penetrated the midfield from the wing and dribbled the ball past the defenders, attracting a lot of opportunities for Cincinnati in the attacking third.