Sporting KC played a hard fought game today against a tough LA Galaxy team. The game was sold out with a total attendance of 20,353 and when Jimmy Nielson was asked if there was a difference from a 15,000 crowd and a 20,000-fan crowd, he said, “There is a defining difference.” The first half started off slowly with lots of fouls and shots. The fouls started within a minute of game time and gradually increased throughout the first half. C.J Sapong was fouled the most during the first half. Head Referee, Jorge Gonzalez, kept his hands out of pockets awarding no one with a yellow or red. There was one goal during the first half of the match. In the 40th minute Kei Kamara received a wonderful pass by Bobby Convey and scored making the score 1-0.
To start the second half, Sporting KC had the ball and went down to the goal only to get rejected by Galaxy goalie Josh Saunders. In the 51st minute of play Roger Espinoza received a pass from Julio Cesar, shot the ball and missed wide right. During the 56th minute LA substituted Chad Barret for, former KC player, Edson Buddle. In the 65th minute Roger Espinoza had another opportunity to score but overpowered the kick and the ball sailed into the stands. In the 68th minute, 13 year veteran, Bobby Convey was replaced by, young talent, Jacob Peterson. In the 71st minute, after a hard hit, LA replaced Kyle Nakazawa for Jininho, who then went to the locker room for a further injury investigation. During the 77th minute Seth Sinovic was going in to score the goal, but sent the ball flying into the stands. Also, in the 77th minute, LA sent in 18-year-old Marcelo Sarvas for injured 23-year-old Michael Stephens. Sporting KC subbed young talent Pablo Nagamura for Julio Cesar. During the 82nd minute, freshly subbed, Chad Barrett had the opportunity to score the equalizer but kicked the ball out of bounds. During the 86th Teal Bunbury came into the game for C.J Sapong. Finally in the 90th minute Referee Jorge Gonzalez couldn’t keep his hand out of his pocket any longer because Landon Donovan delivered a jarring blow to Kei Kamara. The yellow card was for a reckless hit. Fourth official, Michael Kennedy, added 4 minutes to the game and it came to a close with a Sporting KC win, which improved their record to 5-0, the best in the MLS and the best for Sporting KC ever. Coach Vermes said, “You gotta win games and the way you do it doesn’t matter.”
When asked what he thought of the game, Coach Arena said that Sporting KC played a challenging game and that his team couldn’t come through at the end. Coach Vermes was pleased the way they started the game but there was a short period of time that Sporting couldn’t come through but they got out of the slump. Vermes said, “The team has a talent that no other team has.” When Jimmy Nielson was asked if he thinks they will lose a game, he replied, ”Every time you step out on that field, you think we are going to win this game.”