Going into the first half Sporting KC were down 1-0, after a wonderful goal in the 44th minute, by Ryan Johnson, put Toronto FC on top in the first half.
“At halftime Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes said, “It was a good goal in the first half. We made a big mistake on it.”
Coming out of halftime, Sporting KC were in new spirits. Sporting KC pressed the ball for the first 15 minutes and in the 60th minute succeeded with their press first defense, when Paulo Nagamura floated the ball over all the Toronto FC’s defenders and scored, tying the game at 1. Peter Vermes said,
“He was in the right place and had a great shot and it was on-frame. Not every goal is going to be upper 90, bent into the far post. Sometimes it’s going to be what it is.”
After 27 minutes of more press defense by Sporting KC, Oriol Rossell scored the second and final goal of the match keeping Sporting in the lead for the Eastern Conference and in first place for the Supporters Shield. Peter Vermes thoughts on the game were very straight to the point when he said,
“The three points were well-deserved. We dominated from start to finish… I thought our patience in the second half to keep possession and circulate the ball and probe them was excellent. Both goals were scored at the top of the box and that’s something we have been working on. The insertion of both guys (Dom Dwyer and Oriol Rosell) was good for us. The one thing about Oriol that we talked about is that he has to have a little patience. He has great qualities and it was a great day for him. It was a great goal from him and a great introduction into the team