The Win Heard Round the World, Sporting KC beats the Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union took on Sporting KC and, for what seemed like the tenth time, Sporting KC were tied 1-1 until the 80th minute but the team likes to save it till the end. Sporting KC won the game in the 82nd minute with a goal from CJ Sapong ending the season 18-7-9.

 The Union started with the ball in the first half and the game went back and forth until the 40th minute when, Philadelphia’s goalie, Zac Mamouth made a fantastic save. Three minutes after the goal, Jacob Peterson received an amazing pass from Kei Kamara and Peterson scored. Jacob Peterson thoughts on his goal were,

“The finish was the easy part on that goal. The build-up was good: holding it up, then laying it off, then Kei running through. It was really a team goal, the definition of the term really. I was fortunate enough to be on the end of it. I think if you look at the tape on that, we had a lot of hard runs out there. When you move and you have skillful players, you’re going to get the ball a lot of the times. It was really Kei’s goal and the second one was the same thing. Kei (Kamara) attacked the defense and there was a great run by C.J.  (Sapong) and Kei put the ball right in his path and C.J. did well to finish.”

Sporting KC started with the ball in the second half but quickly gave it up and after the first 10 minutes in the second  half, a huge turning point happened in the 53rd minute, Matt Besler fouled Danny Cruz in the penalty box giving the Philadelphia Union a chance to score. Michael Farfan shot the penalty kick but Jimmy Nielsen magnificently blocked the shot. Then Antoine Hoppenot slipped past Chance Myers and scored which tied the game at 1. After another 30 minutes of many exchanges, CJ Sapong slipped past Carlos Valdes and shot the game-winning goal. The game ended with a 2-1 win for Sporting and the clinching of first place in the Eastern Conference. CJ Sapong later said,

“Scoring the goal at the end felt good. It sealed the win for us. I had been a little frustrated up until that point. I didn’t feel like I was too dangerous the whole game, but as a forward, you need to take those chances when they come along. It was a good feeling when I took it and a good feeling when it hit the back of the net. It was a really good feeling to end the regular season on a win.”

Sporting KC got into the playoffs with a win and will play the Houston Dynamo on November 7th at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting KC defender, Seth Sinovic, thoughts on this were,

“We got to keep the momentum going. I think we’re unbeaten in 10 or 11 games now and it’s always good to be peaking when going into the playoffs, but obviously there are some things we need to work on. But I am glad we have some momentum going into the playoffs.” Sinovic also said, “We have ten days of rest and that is going to help a lot so I am excited for the playoffs.”

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