Most folks have had the experience of perspective shattering their misery, right? You're maundering along, desolate, a knot of sadness twisting your words before you say them into their bitterest analogues - "Good morning" becoming, unwilled, "Guuuhhhh" - and then something breaks through - a bird's song, the light through the window, a kind word from a stranger, a check in the mail unlooked-for - and you realize that your pain, your suffering (however real) can be dispelled, at least partially, by changing your focus. The knot loosens.
Adversity introduces a man to himself #cf97— Mike Magee (@magee9) May 4, 2014
So, today, we present news from a couple of places not-Chicago in the world of football, in the hopes that these notes may distract from our pain:
MLS: KC, NY win on Sunday
Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls joined New England in a three-way tie for top slot in the East with wins on Sunday.
Sporting Kansas City 2, Columbus Crew 0
The Sporks took an early lead on Columbus through a scrappy Jacob Peterson goal in the 10th, then rode that advantage throughout an increasingly chippy game. Wil Trapp's dismissal in the 80th minute ended the Crew's hopes of getting a point, and Claudio Bieler's goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time made the score look better for the champs.
FC Dallas 0, New York Red Bull 1
Thierry Henry created the only goal of the game, and New York got all three points despite being largely outplayed even with a man advantage. Je-Vaughn Watson's karate-kick to Tim Cahill's junk got him sent off in the 10th minute, but Red Bulls were somnolent in the heat. Luis Robles saved a penalty that could've given Dallas the lead, and Bradley Wright-Phillips tapped in Henry's unselfish feed - that was all it took for Energy Drink to leave town with three points on a day when they were well off their best.
Fulham, Cardiff relegated
Fulham FC was once 'Fulhamerica,' with Craven Cottage the friendly landing-ground for American footballers who found themselves Euro-curious. Brian McBride has a pub named after him on the ground; Clint Dempsey made his bones saving them from relegation. And now, they're going to down to the Championship, the second division of English football, for the first time since 2001. Also dropping: Welsh side Cardiff City, famously owned by a meddling carpetbagger. Should be fun!