MLS Game Summary - Toronto at Kansas City|
(Saturday, June 16, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Toronto 0
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City looks to have gotten
back to winning ways as it topped Toronto FC, 2-0, at Livestrong Sporting Park
on Saturday to secure its second successive victory.
A perfect 7-0-0 start had Sporting on top of the Eastern Conference, but a
four game winless run saw the club slip into third place.
With seven points from its last three league contests, Sporting appears to
have regained the impressive form that it had in the beginning of the season
as first-half goals from C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar powered the club to a
Kansas City (9-3-1) improves to 28 points on the season, lifting the club to
second place in the East. Toronto (1-10-0) failed to build upon its 1-0 defeat
of the Philadelphia Union last time out as it suffers its 10th loss of the
campaign and its first under new head coach Paul Mariner.
The home side went in front after just 18 minutes as Sapong connected on a
cross from Jacob Peterson and directed his effort past Milos Kocic for his
fifth goal of the season.
Toronto came within inches of leveling the score in the 30th minute when Eric
Avila latched on to a pass from Torsten Frings. The 24-year-old beat Sporting
goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen but was unable to guide his effort into the back of
the net as the shot hit the inside of the left post, trickled across the goal
line and grazed the right post before Aurelien Collin cleared the ball to
Sporting made the visitors pay for that miss as Cesar doubled the lead five
minutes later. He got on the end of a corner kick from Graham Zusi and thumped
a one-time volley past Kocic from close range.
Neither side was able to conjure any goals in the second period as the match
fizzled out in Sporting's favor.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Toronto heads to BBVA Compass
Stadium to face the Houston Dynamo and Sporting makes its way to CenturyLink
Field to square off against Seattle Sounders FC.
06/16 22:46:54 ET