Sporting KC II crumble in six-goal thriller with Birmingham Legion
SKC II got an early goal from Petar Cuic, but it lasted three minutes. In the second half, SKC II fell behind before a first professional goal from Jamil Roberts equalized. Birmingham then scored the winner in the 81st minute before a fourth in stoppage time.
SKC II remain at the bottom of the central division with a 3-11-5 record with 14 points. They remain winless for their last five games.
Goalkeeper Brooks Thompson got his first start since June with Jake Davis at right-back. Zion Long got his second straight start after signing a contract with the Academy last week. Thompson was the only first-team loan to start, with Grayson Barber available on the bench.
An interesting issue was discovered as SKC II appeared to have too many Academy-contracted players on the matchday roster. Allowed to a maximum of five players, SKC II had six players under contract with the Academy on the match day list.
Take with @TheBackpost we are now trying to find updated list rules, unless they have changed, #SportingKC He has too many academy contract players on their roster tonight (or someone signed a pro contract and I don’t remember that happening).
– Mike (@downthebyline) August 11, 2021
Following their fifth loss of the season, Birmingham allowed former USL Golden Boot winner Junior Flemmings to start on the bench. They still had Central Division top scorer Neco Brett at the start as well as former SKC midfielder Mikey Lopez in the starting XI.
The SKC II broke four minutes later with a laser from Petar Cuic, which marked its first of the year. Rojay Smith’s cross from the right went straight to Cuic, who touched down before detonating him in front of the keeper just inside the box.
The advance did not last long. Birmingham’s equalizer came in the seventh minute as Neco Brett scored his 11th goal of the year. Wide open near the penalty spot, Brett received the ball as his first touch popped the ball into the air before detonating it over Thompson.
The only other big chance in the first half came from Birmingham in the 16th minute. After SKC II lost the ball, the hosts handed the ball to Mikey Lopez on the left side, but his effort from inside the box was sent just above.
SKC II had its chance in the 62nd minute. Jamil Roberts found himself on the end of a bouncing ball and sent his chipped effort aside. Rojay Smith had a shot shortly after that went high and wide.
Legion FC took the lead after 70 minutes. After a poor clearance from Rojay Smith, the ball was sent to Thomas Vancaeyezeele, who placed the ball to his right and sent a good ball to the header of JJ Flemmings, who applied the header to beat Thompson.
Sporting II equalized four minutes later. It came from a terrific in-depth delivery from Jake Davis as Jamil Roberts rose to crush his header for his first professional goal, overpowering the goalkeeper save.
The winner came in the 81st minute when Junior Flemmings saw a deflected effort fall just inside the near post. The ball fell on Flemmings after a few heads in the box were dismayed by the SKC II defense.
Birmingham took the win in stoppage time with a good run and a good end from Anderson Asiedu. The Ghanaian placed his shot perfectly into the corner from outside the box after Flemmings applied a lot of pressure to win the ball.
Sporting KC II will look to break their losing streak when they host Atlanta United 2 on Saturday.
Sporting KC II: Brooks Thompson; Coby Jones (Isaiah LeFlore 46 ‘); Aljaz Dzankic (Danny Barbir 60 ‘); Matt Constant; Jake Davis; Petar Cuic; Jahon Rad; Christian Duke (C) (Jayvin Van Deventer 84 ‘); Enoch Mushagalusa; Zion Long (Jamil Roberts 60 ‘); Rojay smith
Unused subscribers: Rémi Prieur; Michel Lenis; Daniel Gutierrez
Birmingham Legion FC: Trevor Spangenberg; Phanuel Kavita (C); Zachary Hérivaux; Benjamin Ofeimu (Alex Crognale 83 ‘); Ryan James (Junior Flemmings 59 ‘); Anderson Asiedu; Eli Crognale (Thomas Vancaeyezeele 58 ‘); Jonathan Dean; Mikey Lopez; Neco Brett (Jaden Servania 71 ‘); Prosper Kasim (JJ Williams 58 ‘)
Unused subscribers: Matt Van Oekel; Jacob Rufé
SKC – Petar Cuic 4 ‘
BHM – Neco Brett (Prosper Kasim) 7 ‘
BHM – JJ Williams (Thomas Vancaeyezeele) 70 ‘
SKC – Jamil Roberts (Jake Davis) 74 ‘
BHM – Junior Flemmings 81 ‘
BHM – Anderson Asiedu (Junior Flemmings) 90 + 1 ‘
Summary of Misconduct:
SKC – Christian Duke (yellow card; foul) 68 ‘
SKC – Danny Barbir (yellow card; foul) 90 + 4 ‘