St Louis CITY2 extended its unbeaten run to six games following a 2-1 win over Sporting KC II at Rock Chalk Park Friday evening.
After grabbing a massive road win against Houston Dynamo Dos last week, SKC II opened the scoring early in the first half and was on track to upset the CITY2. However, a two-goal rally in the second half was enough to secure all three points for the away side.
SKC II midfielder Julian Vasquez scored in the 14th minute to give his side the lead in this Western Conference bout. The goal came from a one-on-one with the goalkeeper after SKC II took the ball away in midfield and quickly pushed on a decisive counterattack.
Despite having numerous chances in the first half, specifically coming from forward Josh Dolling, CITY2 couldn’t convert as the SKC II took a 1-0 going into the half.
The second half, however, was the Max Schneider show.
The CITY2 midfielder scored twice in a two-minute span to snatch the lead. The first goal came in the 64th minute after midfielder Celio Pompeu set up Schneider for a tap-in at point-blank with a whipped cross into the box.
A Schneider penalty kick two minutes later gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage following a foul in the box against forward Karson Gibbs.
CITY2’s backline held firm the rest of the way as the match ended 2-1 in favor of the away side.
Even though the scoreline said it was a close game, CITY2 dominated in all facets of the match as the side finished with 55% possession of the ball and a total of 26 shots
The Story: St Louis CITY2 is quietly becoming a Western Conference powerhouse
After defeating Sporting KC II 2-1 this week, that makes it six games unbeaten for St Louis CITY2 which keeps the side to third in the Western Conference standings.
This unbeaten run includes impressive wins such as a 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo Dos and a 5-0 drubbing of Chicago Fire II. Even more incredible is that most of CITY2’s games on this run have been on the road.
What makes CITY2 so difficult to beat and defend is its ridiculous depth on the team. The side has seven players with at least two goals with forward Josh Dolling leading the way with six on the season so far.
The 5-0 win over Chicago Fire II perfectly illustrates this as there were five different goal scorers. This week midfielder Max Schneider scored twice but hasn’t been on the score sheet since week two.
It’s been a collective team effort all around for CITY2 all season so far and the side is only improving hence the six-match unbeaten run.
CITY2 is currently third in the Western Conference but don’t be shocked if the team from St. Louis climbs the table in the coming weeks.