MLS Game Summary - Kansas City at Chicago|
(Saturday, March 26, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Chicago 3, Kansas City 2
Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - Diego Chaves, Gaston Puerari and Marco Pappa
scored, and the Chicago Fire edged 10-man Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Toyota
Park on Saturday in Major League Soccer.
Chaves scored the opener from the penalty spot after Sporting's Omar Bravo was
sent off in the 32nd minute and Puerari doubled the Fire's in the 40th. Pappa
added the third goal in the 60th for the Fire (1-0-1).
Matt Besler and Teal Bunbury scored in the second half for K.C. (1-1-0), which
played well over the final hour despite losing Bravo midway through the first
Chicago, which tied 10-man FC Dallas 1-1 last weekend, was the beneficiary of
another red card this week, as Bravo was sent off after pulling down Puerari,
who was the last man, from behind.
Chaves drove the penalty kick to the right side with K.C. goalie Jimmy Nielsen
going the opposite way for his second goal in as many games to open the year.
Puerari doubled the lead five minutes before half after Michael Videira played
a perfect pass through two defenders.
Besler cut the deficit in half for K.C. six minutes after half when he hooked
a loose ball into the net from close range, but Pappa restored Chicago's two-
goal cushion with a nice individual effort at the hour mark.
Pappa drove through four defenders and then fired into the bottom left, giving
Nielsen no chance. Bunbury pulled a goal back in the 72nd, but Kansas City was
not able to find the equalizer over the final 20 minutes.
Chicago will try to extend its season-opening unbeaten streak April 9 when it
visits Seattle Sounders FC. Sporting will try to rebound without Bravo against
expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 2.
03/26 18:51:06 ET