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As it turns out, Sporting Kansas City just needed a little home cooking to turn its season around.
It's no surprise that Sporting KC's recent turnaround has coincided with the opening of Livestrong Sporting Park. The club went 3-0-3 in June (2-0-1 at home), buoyed by a much-improved defense that conceded just twice during that stretch, to earn SBI MLS Team of the Month honors.
Its most impressive victory, however, came on the road, with its 4-1 dismantling of Western Conference power FC Dallas. Despite losing Ryan Smith (personal issue) for the season and Davy Arnaud to sports hernia surgery, the club is surging and is unbeaten in its last seven matches. Although the attack has been inconsistent, with the SKC being held to scoreless draws on three occasions during the month, the team added 12 points to its total after a dismal start to the season.
Sporting KC edged out the Columbus Crew, which went 3-1-1 and beat the likes of Real Salt Lake and Colorado while moving into third place in the Eastern Conference, and the Seattle Sounders, which feasted on some of the league's struggling teams and went 3-0-2.
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