MLS Game Summary - San Jose at Kansas City|
(Friday, June 17, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 1, San Jose 0
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City is still undefeated at
Livestrong Sporting Park, even if the sample size is small.
Kansas City rookie C.J. Sapong scored the first goal in Major League Soccer in
the new $200 million stadium and Sporting edged the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0,
on Friday night for its first win in two matches at its new home.
Sporting tied the Chicago Fire, 0-0, on June 9 in the first-ever MLS match at
the stadium, and ended San Jose's six-match unbeaten streak to remain unbeaten
at the sparkling new venue in Kansas City.
Kansas City (3-6-4) opened the season on a 10-game roadtrip, but with the draw
at home earlier this month, a 4-1 win at FC Dallas on Sunday, and the win over
San Jose, it could be more dangerous than it showed early this season.
Sapong delivered the lone goal just after the 30-minute mark when he turned a
cross from Graham Zusi into the net from eight yards.
Zusi, who scored a brace in the win over Dallas, drove a free kick in from the
right wing, and Sapong sneaked through traffic to reach the ball just outside
the six-yard box.
Sapong threw his leg out to direct the ball out of the air and into the right
side of the goal, leaving Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch no chance to make a
save. It was Sapong's second goal of the season.
San Jose enjoyed a decent spell in the second half after Simon Dawkins came on
to start the half, but failed to get a shot by Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy
Nielsen, who made four saves.
With 11 of its next 14 matches at home, Sporting could easily find itself much
higher in the standings - and in the playoffs - at the end of the season if it
continues to get results at home.
First, Kansas City takes its two-game win streak and five-game unbeaten streak
to play the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. San Jose (5-5-4) hosts the Los
Angeles Galaxy on June 25 in its next match.
06/17 22:49:00 ET