RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Sporting Kansas City was pained by losing its first game at Livestrong Sporting Park and having its franchise-record unbeaten streak end. A rash of injuries might have coach Peter Vermes feeling even worse.
Sporting KC will try to rebound from its first loss since May on Wednesday night when Missouri native Jack Jewsbury and the Portland Timbers go for a rare road win.
Kansas City (7-7-9) gave up goals to Seattle in the 90th and 92nd minutes in its 2-1 defeat Aug. 6. Vermes' squad was 6-0-8 since its previous loss - 1-0 to the host Sounders on May 21 - and was unbeaten (4-0-4) at its new home since it opened June 9.
"It's been a good run," midfielder Kei Kamara told the team's official website after tying Omar Bravo for a team high with six goals. "We can be disappointed about the whole thing, but when it comes down to it, we just have to move on. We can't change anything about it."
The same can be said of the club's injury woes. With Aurelien Collin (lower back fracture), captain Davy Arnaud (hernia) and Craig Rocastle (knee sprain) likely out until September, Kansas City will also have to replace midfielder Luke Sassano (sprained right MCL on Aug. 6) and newly signed defender Daneil Cyrus, whose season is over with a fractured left foot suffered in a reserve league match Aug. 9.
Kansas City also won't have Bravo available as it continues its nine-game homestand. The Mexican forward will serve a one-game suspension for a second-half red card versus Seattle.
"If you look at the season with the (MLS-record) 10-game road stretch (to start the season), the number of injuries and the number of red cards, there have been a lot of things to overcome," Vermes told the club's official website. "This is just another one."
The expansion Timbers (7-11-5) can relate. Forward Eddie Johnson will miss Wednesday's match with a concussion, and defender Lovel Palmer will serve a one-match ban for yellow card accumulation after being booked in Sunday's 2-1 loss at Houston.
Portland, 1-7-3 on the road, is expected to have Jewsbury in the lineup after the team captain scored his team-high seventh goal Sunday after sitting out two games with a hamstring injury.
Jewsbury, a native of Springfield, Mo., and a former Saint Louis University standout, had 14 goals and 20 assists in eight seasons with Kansas City before being traded to Portland on March 1 for allocation money.
Playing with a strained left hamstring, Jewsbury was in the lineup July 2 when Kansas City defeated Portland 2-1 at Jen-Weld Field.