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MLS Game Summary - Kansas City at Columbus



(Wednesday, July 14, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Kansas City 1, Columbus 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win at the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night in Major League Soccer action.

Rookie forward Teal Bunbury scored his first MLS goal to not only end a 340 minute scoreless streak for the Wizards, but propel them to their first road victory of the season at the first-placed Crew.

Bunbury's tally came in the 14th minute when he ran onto a through ball from Ryan Smith at the top of the Columbus penalty area and fired a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Will Hesmer.

The counter-attacking goal was made possible by Roger Espinoza, who picked off a Frankie Hejduk pass before feeding Smith in the offensive third.

K.C. goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen with a tough save minutes later after Adam Moffat ripped a shot from about 20 yards, but the Danish 'keeper tipped it over the crossbar.

The Wizards Kei Kamara just missed putting his team up two goals just before the half-hour mark when he headed a corner kick on goal, but Eddie Gaven cleared it off the line.

Nielsen, who made seven saves in the game to earn his sixth clean sheet of the season, made another tough save in the 70th minute, kicking away a Guillermo Barros Schelotto chance from about 10 yards to keep his team up 1-0.

The Wizards had a pair of shots with about 10 minutes to go after a flurry in the Crew area, but Bunbury and Graham Zusi were unable to beat Hesmer.

Nielsen made on last top-notch save in the 89th minute when he got in front of an Emmanuel Ekpo shot to help the Wizards knock off the Crew for the first time since September of 2007.

Columbus (8-3-4) and Kansas City (4-8-3) have quick turnarounds, with the Crew hosting Red Bull New York and the Wizards traveling to Colorado on Saturday in their next MLS matches.

07/14 21:56:44 ET