Sporting KC Record Third Straight Scoreless Home Game

Sporting KC wound up with another 0-0 tie against the New England Revolution on Saturday. The game was almost won by the New England Revolution in the 14th minute when Ryan Guy headed the ball toward the goal but Jimmy Nielsen made a magnificent block. The block saved the game and Nielsen later said,

“It was a corner that came to the back post and (Guy) came from nowhere with a diving header. Luckily I got to it before the ball crossed the line.”

Sporting KC had a great opportunity to score in the 52nd minute when Michael Thomas crossed the ball to Jacob Peterson whose header was barely blocked by Mat Reis. Mat Reis later suffered a cracked head after a tough elbow from Kei Kamara. Coach Jay Heaps said,

“He’s getting looked at right now… He came out big and we asked him to be big on crosses…I think that he had a really great game.”

Jimmy Nielsen recorded his ninth shutout, a league leading, and is on his way to the MLS ALL-Star game along with Graham Zusi and Aurelien Collin. Nielsen said,

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve tried not to put too much focus on the All-Star game because we’ve played so many matches recently ourselves.  Starting tomorrow, I can start looking forward to that game. Playing the European champions (Chelsea FC) is going to be a lot of fun for me, Zusi and Collin.”

“I thought the first half was not a very exciting on both teams’ parts…We had a lot of chances around the goal but at the end it [wound] up being a 0-0 draw. If we had come out with maybe the same energy in the first half it would have been a different game.” Peter Vermes stated,

 

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