MLS Game Summary - Kansas City at Chivas USA|
(Sunday, April 1, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 1, Chivas USA 0
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City maintained its perfect
start to the season by grinding out a 1-0 win over Chivas USA at The Home
Depot Center on Sunday.
C.J. Sapong recorded the only goal of the match, striking in the 47th minute
to see Sporting begin the season with a 4-0-0 record for the first time in
Following a tame first half, play slightly opened up just two minutes after
the restart as Sapong netted his third goal of the season.
Graham Zusi uncorked a screamer that rattled the crossbar and bounced back
into play. The midfield maestro followed his shot and was able to nod the
rebound back in front of goal to find Sapong, who waiting to head the ball
past Dan Kennedy for the lone tally of the match.
Chivas came close to leveling the score moments later when Laurent Courtois
played in Nick LaBrocca, but his shot trickled past Sporting 'keeper Jimmy
Nielsen and hit the base of the post before rolling out of play.
The remainder of the match simmered with scoring chances at a premium as both
sides seemed to cancel each other out tactically.
Sporting's dominant start to the season has seen the club concede just once.
Only Vancouver Whitecaps FC has bettered that statistic as Martin Rennie's men
have yet to allow a goal.
Kansas City will face a stern test next time out as it hosts a Los Angeles
Galaxy team that is desperate for a win. They will meet at Livestrong Sporting
Park on April 7.
Chivas (1-3-0) was unable to build upon its surprising 1-0 defeat of Real Salt
Lake as it drops its third result of the season. The Goats will look to bounce
back on April 7 when they face the Portland Timbers in a massive Western
Conference fixture at Jeld-Wen Field.
04/01 23:05:41 ET