Fuel Soccer Talk: Rough night for Sporting KC; Weah starts, scores; More reaction on USWNT

Monterrey scores 5-0 win over Sporting KC in CONCACAF Champions League

Viewers heard a lot of this on Thursday night Monterrey’s 5-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match-up: Gooooooooooooooooooooal! And it seemed to get more annoying with every goal. By the fifth one, you could feel the pain – and not just in your ears.

The only MLS team this year to reach the semifinal round, Sporting KC entered the game against Liga MX powerhouse Monterrey playing well and with confidence. Could they become the first American team since Real Salt Lake in 2011 to reach the Champions League final? They got their answer Thursday night.

“We gave it up in critical areas, and the difference is they took advantage of each of the opportunities where we coughed the ball up in bad places, or were not good with the ball, and then [they] ran and scored, they were relentless at it,” said Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes.

Before the final leg, Sporting Kansas City has an MLS game at FC Cincinnati on Sunday. They will host Monterrey in the second leg of the semifinal series on Thursday at Children’s Mercy Park, where they have outscored opponents 15-1. But Monterrey is no ordinary opponent.

Breaking it down!

What did Sporting Kansas City do wrong in Thursday’s game?

Weah delivers a goal after rare start for Celtic

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U.S. forward Tim Weah called it an “amazing feeling” to celebrate a goal in his first start in two months this past week during Celtic’s 2-0 win at St. Mirren in the Scottish Premier League. Weah, 19, put Celtic ahead in the 15th minute with a header from close range that bounced in off the crossbar.

“I’m really happy for the team when I’m on the field, but even when I’m off, I’m really positive about it,” Weah said. “I just try to keep my head up and go into training and train hard. Whenever I get game-time I try and give what I can give to the team, that’s the most important thing as we are a team. So far it’s been great and I’m really happy here. The guys have been amazing and it’s been a great experience.”

Should Weah be starting more often for Celtic?

More on the USWNT’s win over Australia

Despite an impressive offensive performance in the win over Australia in this week, Aly Wagner says questions still remain about the USWNT’s defense. What can the women’s team do to shore up that back line before the upcoming World Cup?

Who should coach Ellis be playing along the back line?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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