Archive for Monday, August 22, 2011

Sporting KC tops D.C. United, surges into second place

August 22, 2011

When LIVESTRONG Sporting Park opened in June, Sporting Kansas City was in last place in the division.

After topping D.C. United 1-0 Sunday night at home, Sporting KC now stands in second place in the Eastern Division.

It's been a steady rise for Sporting KC as the club has taken advantage of home-field advantage to the fullest extent. The club is now 6-1-4 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park since it opened June 9.

Sunday’s match was the second in a span of five days for Sporting Kansas City. Despite the quick turnaround, Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes fielded a side that was largely unchanged from the one that defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1 Wednesday at home.

After narrowly missing the frame after being set up by C.J. Sapong in the second minute, Kei Kamara continued to pressure the D.C. goal and put a header off the crossbar in the 16th minute.

Kamara broke through in the 19th minute when Designated Player Omar Bravo sent a curling left-footed cross into the box. D.C. United left back Daniel Woolard headed it clear, but Kamara tracked the ball down who drilled a right-footed shot past D.C. keeper Joe Willis and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

D.C. United struggled to generate opportunities. Its first chance came in the 40th minute, but Blake Bretschneider's low shot was stopped by Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Both squads had a handful of opportunities to score in the second half, but neither was able to capitalize.

Sporting Kansas City improved to 9-7-9 overall this season.

Sporting KC next plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at home against FC Dallas.

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