Sporting Kansas City remain near the top of several MLS Week 28 Power Rankings. Sporting are #2 on SBNation.com, FoxSoccer.com, SI.com, #3 on MLSSoccer.com, and #4 on ESPNFC.com. Below are excerpts from the rankings on Sporting.
SI.com's Avi Creditor
"Sporting Kansas City needed C.J. Sapong to step up, and that he did in the dying moments against Houston on Friday night to force the draw and keep the club atop the Eastern Conference table. For Sapong, snapping a 12-game goal drought might just be the spark he needs to return to his Rookie of the Year form from a season ago. He adds a necessary complement to Kei Kamara in the aftermath of Teal Bunbury's season-ending injury."
SBNation.com's Jeremiah Oshan
"Have quietly not lost a competitive match since July 28 and are doing just enough to hang around the race for the Shield. Their closing stretch should be tough, though."
"That 90 minutes against Houston is a look at exactly what SKC are going to have to do from here on out. It's not about getting behind the defense anymore, it's about getting above them. A healthy and confident C.J. Sapong makes that a much more achievable proposition."
ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle
"C.J. Sapong played his part in making up for the absence of injured teammate Teal Bunbury, as his stoppage-time equalizer against Houston allowed SKC to stay ahead of the pack in the Eastern Conference."