MLS Game Summary - New York at Kansas City|
(Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 2, New York 0
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City sealed a playoff berth
Saturday, and left Red Bull New York clinging to the final spot.
Teal Bunbury and C.J. Sapong scored in the second half against 10-man Red Bull
New York, which had Thierry Henry sent off in the first half, and Kansas City
moved into a tie atop the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win.
Henry was ejected midway through the opening half for deliberately driving his
knee into the head of Sporting's Roger Espinoza while he was on the ground and
K.C. took advantage of the extra man to win its regular-season home finale.
Kansas City (12-9-12) has 48 points from 33 games and is tied atop the Eastern
Conference with the Philadelphia Union entering the final week of the season.
New York (9-8-16) still holds the 10th and last postseason spot, but no longer
controls its own destiny, as D.C. United and the Portland Timbers can overtake
it in the standings.
Sporting played well early, as Aurelien Collin turned an open header from just
6 yards wide of the left post in the opening minute, before New York countered
with a nice chance from Dane Richards that goalie Jimmy Nielsen saved.
Henry, who will be suspended for New York's season finale Thursday against the
Union, foolishly handed Kansas City a man advantage near the half-hour mark.
Espinoza and Henry battled for a ball seconds earlier and, after Espinoza fell
to the ground, the ex-French international ran directly into the K.C. player
and received an immediate red card from referee Kevin Stott.
With a man advantage, and 19,921 fans behind it in the stands, Kansas City was
able to take control of the game as Bunbury missed later in the first half and
then opened the scoring 12 minutes after the break.
Bunbury bagged his ninth goal of the season off a corner kick that Julio Cesar
nodded down to him, and Bunbury fired a volley from inside the area past New
York goalie Frank Rost.
Sapong, who came on to replace Omar Bravo in the 73rd, added the second goal
in the 74th when Davy Arnaud headed a ball on to him deep in the area and he
drove a shot in from the edge of the six-yard box for his fifth of the season.
K.C. had no trouble holding on over the last 15 minutes at Livestrong Sporting
Park as it closed its home schedule with its ninth win at the new $200 million
Kansas City has just three losses in its last 25 matches, and ends the regular
season at D.C. United on Oct. 22.
10/15 18:50:39 ET