MLS Game Summary - New York at Kansas City|
(Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New York 3, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Red Bull New York jumped to the top of the
Eastern Conference table on Saturday thanks to a 3-2 victory over Sporting
Kansas City at Sporting Park.
Jonny Steele and Kei Kamara exchanged first-half goals, but the Red Bulls
ultimately claimed all three points behind second-half strikes from Fabian
Espindola and Lloyd Sam. Dom Dwyer pulled one back early on in stoppage time,
but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal.
The win sees New York (11-7-5) improve to 38 points to move to the summit of
the East, two points clear of Sporting (10-7-6).
New York got off the mark in the 27th minute when Dax McCarty threaded a
through ball to Steele, who collected the delivery on the left flank before
firing a powerful shot past Jimmy Nielsen at his near post.
Sporting pushed in search of a tying goal for the remainder of the opening
period, eventually finding the equalizer one minute before the break. Soony
Saad had his header parried away by Luis Robles, but the ball fell into the
lap of Kamara, who was arriving to turn it into the net.
The Red Bulls regrouped on the other side of halftime and regained the lead in
the 63rd minute. Sam released Espindola through on goal and the Argentine
striker made the most of the chance by slotting a shot past Nielsen.
Six minutes later, New York padded its advantage via an efficient counter
attack. Robles heaved the ball to find Steele in Sporting's half before the
midfielder picked out a wide open Sam on the right flank. The Englishman cut
the ball back inside to the top of the box and converted his shot to hand the
Red Bulls a two-goal lead.
It proved to be a pivotal strike as the home side got back to within one in
the second minute of stoppage time. Kamara collected a failed clearance and
crossed the ball back into the box where Dwyer was arriving to send a powerful
header past Robles.
Sporting applied more pressure for the remainder of added time, but the Red
Bulls staved off the onslaught to earn their first road victory since May 4.
08/03 21:01:28 ET