Sporting KC wins Lucky number 7

After an assist by Chance Myers, Kei Kamara shines his shoes in a 3-1 win. Sporting extends their record to 7-0.

Is it too good to be true?  No, Sporting KC wins another game against their toughest opponent yet, the Vancouver White Caps. In the 6th minute Eric Hassli tripped up Aurelien Collin and received a yellow card for reckless foul.   Sporting KC went down hill from there with 27% pass completion and 0% shot on goal.  But, in the 24th minute, Aurelien Collin turned it all around by delivering  a wonderful shot for a goal which made the score 1-0. The crowd of 15, 382 were not at all thrilled by the goal.  Then in the 26th minute Sebastien Le Toux broke away from the line and passed the ball to Attiba Harris who went in for the shot but was flagged for offside. Later in the first half, at the 38th minute , Paulo Nagamara was penalized and given a yellow card for blocking a free kick from Vancouver.  At the end of the first half Sporting KC lead 1-0.

To start the second half, Vancouver received the ball but the ball was quickly stolen by Matt Besler who then relayed a pass to Chance Myers.  Myers then quickly shot, but the ball bounced off the post.  Aurelien Collin then came out of nowhere and placed the ball into the net making the score 2-0 at the 51 minute mark.  In the 53rd, Peter Vermes subbed Jacob Peterson for Bobby Convey. Vancouver regained control in the 54th and drove down the field but only to get rejected by Jimmy Nielsen who made a brilliant save.  In the 59th minute Vancouver put in Camillo, who had six goals against Sporting, for John Thorrington who had played a spectacular game before being subbed out.  Teal Bunbury came in for C.J Sapong, who just was not at his best during the 1st half.  The third goal of the game came in the 65th minute when Chance Myers delivered a beautiful pass to Kei Kamara.  Right after the goal, in the 66th minute, Jay DeMerit received a yellow card for an off-the-ball foul.  Coach Peter Vermes said, “Tonight’s game was physical and this is an example of one of the plays that was awarded a yellow.” Later on, in the 79th, Vancouver’s forward, Eric Haslli, shot a booter to Jimmy Nielsen who saved the shot but the ball rolled in front of Sebastien Le Toux who kicked it hard into the goal for the first goal by Vancouver.  Jimmy Nielsen got extremely mad on the play.  He ran over to the side line ref and started shouting at him. Nielsen received a yellow card for the yelling and later apologized to the ref.  As the game came to a close Sporting KC was on top and had improved their record to 7-0, the best start in MLS since 1996.

At the press conference Peter Vermes mentioned how big of a help Jimmy Nielsen is to his squad and that Nielsen is always ready for anything, even a booter from a teammate. Vermes also said, ” We were going into this game thinking, “Wow this team is going to be tough and they were very tough, probably the toughest team we have faced all season.”

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