Sporting Kansas City II (0-2-1, 1 point) suffered a 4-0 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1-1-0, 3 points) on Friday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
Former Sporting KC II forward Hadji Barry struck twice against his former club to lead Switchbacks FC, who also received goals from Austin Dewing and Michee Ngalina to snap a four-game losing streak to SKC II in the USL Championship.
Head coach Paulo Nagamaura made three changes to the Sporting Kansas City II starting XI from last week’s 1-1 home draw against OKC Energy FC as Petar Cuic, Jake Davis and Ropapa Mensah replaced Jahon Rad, Cam Duke and Wilson Harris, respectively. Mensah’s appearance marked his club debut in a lineup that featured five Sporting KC Academy products and seven players on loan from Sporting’s first team.
Switchbacks FC threatened early and often as Barry rattled the crossbar and forced an outstanding save from SKC II goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh within four minutes of kickoff. The visitors landed their breakthrough shortly thereafter, however, as Ngalina squared low for Dewing to poke home on the doorstep in the sixth minute.
McIntosh produced another excellent stop in the 20th minute, thwarting Ngalina on the breakaway, but Colorado Springs would ultimately add to their lead with successful penalty kicks from Barry and Ngalina in the 28th and 35th minutes. SKC II saw their fortunes worsen six minutes before intermission when center back Matt Constant was issued a red card for violent conduct.
Danny Barbir and Christian Duke were summoned as second-half reinforcements for Sporting KC II, with Enoch Mushagalusa, Rojay Smith and Jayvin Van Deventer also coming off the bench after the break. Nagamura’s men improved in the second period but were breached for a fourth goal in the 63rd minute when Barry slotted into the corner off an Ngalina through ball.
Mushagalusa wasted no time impacting proceedings with SKC II’s first shot on target midway through the half, and although the hosts wound up with 11 shot attempts, none of them beat Colorado Springs goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg.
SKC II will look to bounce back Wednesday night with a West Coast visit to LA Galaxy II. Kickoff at Dignity Health Sports Park is set for 9:30 p.m. CT and the game will stream live on ESPN Plus.
2021 USL Championship | Match 3
Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kansas
Weather: 69 degrees and cloudy
|Sporting Kansas City II (0-2-1, 1 point)||0||0||0|
|Colorado Spring Switchbacks FC (1-1-0, 3 points)||3||1||4|
Sporting Kansas City II: Kendall McIntosh (C); Kayden Pierre, Matt Constant, Graham Smith, Amadou Dia; Petar Cuic (Jayvin Van Deventer 89'), Jake Davis, Ozzie Cisneros (Christian Duke 46'); Grayson Barber (Enoch Mushagalusa 63'), Ropapa Mensah (Rojay Smith 70'), Tyler Freeman (Danny Barbir 46')
Subs Not Used: Max Trejo, Aljaz Dzankic
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Andrew Pannenberg; Matthew Mahoney (Lamar Batista 24'), Jimmy Ockford (C), Michael Edwards, Sebastian Anderson; Michee Ngalina, Zachary Zandi (Phillip Mayaka 73'), Beverly Makangila (Rony Argueta 73'), Jose Torres (Steven Echeverria 52'), Austin Dewing (Dantouma Toure 73'); Hadji Barry
Subs Not Used: Andrew Lewis, Abraham Rodriguez
COS -- Austin Dewing 1 (Michee Ngalina 1) 6'
COS -- Hadji Barry 1 (penalty kick) 28'
COS -- Michee Ngalina 1 (penalty kick) 35'
COS -- Hadji Barry 2 (Michee Ngalina 2) 63'
SKC -- Amadou Dia (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 17'
SKC -- Petar Cuic (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 34'
COS -- Beverly Makangila (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 37'
SKC -- Matt Constant (red card; violent conduct) 39'
COS -- Hadji Barry (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 40'
SKC -- Jake Davis (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 45+2'
COS -- Lamar Batista (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 52'
SKC -- Christian Duke (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 54'
COS -- Michael Edwards (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 59'
COS -- Phillip Mayaka (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 90'
|Shots on Goal||2||7|
Referee: Jervis Atagana
Assistant Referee: Shane Kennard
Assistant Referee: Ryan Cook
Fourth Official: Luis Tribaldo