Sporting KC Use Possession, Remi Walter Strike to Down Houston

Sporting KC teammates celebrates Remi Walter's goal on March 5, 2022
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KANSAS CITY, KS – What a difference a week makes. After a 3-1 loss in Atlanta, Sporting Kansas City used ball control and a 60-minute strike to defeat Houston 1-0 at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday in front of a crowd of 18,872. Defender Graham Zusi said the loss to Atlanta came down to self-inflicted wounds more than anything their opponents did to them.

Sporting KC Use Possession to Defeat Houston

Sporting KC Got the Win

The name of the game for the home team was possession and patience. Sporting controlled 65 percent of the possession in the first half, but had only one shot on goal in the first half, a fourth-minute volley from Daniel Salloi. At halftime, manager Peter Vermes told his club not to lose their patience. The Dynamo played a very deep line, requiring patience to break down the backline.

After the match, manager Peter Vermes talked about the adjustments the club made for the second half. “We talked about at halftime that we were going to have to try to play over the top a little bit, especially when we were in their half of the field with the ball and especially when the ball was on our left-hand side because we had control of that left really well,” Vermes said. He added, “Daniel was making a lot of vertical runs. Johnny needed to kind of make horizontal runs and then go vertical and make his penetration. We started finding that a little bit more, which then what happens to a team is the backline starts dropping more, and then you have a place to put underneath.”

Remi Walter’s Goal

The club’s patience paid off in the 60-minute. Midfielder Remi Walter struck from just inside the penalty area and beat Steve Clark to his right. It was Walter’s first career goal at home with the club.

Zusi credited Walter for not letting an earlier miss affect the rest of his game. “The first chance he had, that would have been a worldie, Zusi said. “That was not an easy shot. It came out to him very fast. Unless you hit it absolutely perfect, that’s a really difficult shot to hit. But obviously, Remi had a short memory and when he got the second one, he buried it.”

Next match:

Sporting travels to Colorado on March 12th to play the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The game will be shown on MLS Live on DAZN and Altitude at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Houston returns home to play the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 12th at PNC Stadium. The game will be televised nationally in Canada on TSN1 and TSN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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