MLS Game Summary - Toronto FC at Kansas City|
(Saturday, July 23, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Toronto FC 2
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten
streak to 12 games on Saturday at Livestrong Sporting Park as Kei Kamara and
Omar Bravo scored two goals apiece in a 4-2 win over Toronto FC.
The home side scored three times in a nine-minute span in the first half to
take control of the match, while Toronto got goals from a pair of new faces as
Danny Koevermans and Ryan Johnson both notched their first goals for TFC in
the second half.
Koevermans nearly opened his account in the first three minutes as he had a
point-blank shot kept out by a great reaction stop from Sporting goalkeeper
Jimmy Nielsen, who got a hand to the ball to redirect it over the crossbar.
The Dutch forward had another opportunity a few minutes later after a good
ball from Torsten Frings gave him an open look at goal, only for his left-
footed shot to skip inches past the far post.
But from there, Kansas City took over and went ahead in the 28th minute when
Toronto's Maicon Santos failed to clear a corner kick, allowing Kamara to
score on an acrobatic scissors kick from eight yards.
Five minutes later the lead was doubled as Roger Espinoza delivered a pinpoint
cross from the left wing to the back post, where Kamara got free from his
defender and headed the ball past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Brazilian Jeferson was signed by Sporting this past week and he made an impact
in his first match by playing a through ball to Bravo which allowed the
Mexican to round Frei and roll the ball into the net in the 37th minute,
extending the lead to 3-0.
Toronto didn't go away and cut its deficit to 3-1 five minutes after the
restart when Johnson's cross found the head of Koevermans, who nodded it home.
But the hosts restored their three-goal lead in the 63rd minute when Chance
Myers played a low cross from the right wing into the path of Bravo, who was
left with a simple first-time finish from 10 yards that gave Frei no chance.
Johnson got on the scoresheet himself in the final 20 minutes, and although
there are some promising signs for Toronto in attack with the team's new
players, defensively the Reds are still very much a work in progress as they
have conceded 12 goals combined in their last four games.
07/23 22:45:43 ET