Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sporting Kansas City winning streak snapped after an own-goal


An own-goal from Sporting Kansas City ended the franchise’s seven-game winning streak to begin the 2012 Major League Soccer season.

Sporting Kansas City was defeated by the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Saturday.

After a scoreless 41 minutes to begin the game, Sporting Kansas City’s Chance Myers accidentally headed the ball into his own net after he collided with Julio Cesar. The goal was possible after nice Portland ball movement from Diego Chara and Kris Boyd.

Boyd crossed the ball in order to set up the scoring opportunity.

While the pass was off its mark, it found two colliding Sporting players and led to the goal.

Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City’s two best scoring opportunities may have come in the first half.

In the 23rd minute of the game, Graham Zusi nearly scored from a set-piece, shooting the ball towards the far corner that was just off the mark.

Earlier in the game, Portland keeper Troy Perkins made a nice save off a shot from Kei Kamara. Kamara took a shot from the penalty area after a nice pass from C.J. Sapong.

However, Sporting could not get on the board.

Sporting Kansas City out-shot Portland 16-12, with both teams landing two shots on goal and each having seven opportunities from corner kicks. 

Sporting falls to 7-1-0 on the season.