Sporting opens preseason with 2-1 win over San Jose

Late Warzycha free kick gives SKC a victory in Tucson

Seth Sinovic vs San Jose Earthquakes DL

Photo Credit: 
Josh Whisenhunt

Kino Sports Complex | Tuscon, Ariz.
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees

Score                                          1     2     F
Sporting Kansas City                    1     1     2
San Jose Earthquakes                  1     0     1

Scoring Summary:
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Marvin Chavez) 3
SKC – Kei Kamara (Roger Espinoza) 4
SKC – Konrad Warzycha (unassisted) 81

Stats:                          SKC               SJ
Shots                          10                    8
Shots On Goal             4                      3
Fouls                          11                    12
Corner Kicks                5                      1         
Offsides                       0                      4

Sporting Kansas City
First half (4-3-3) –
Jimmy Nielsen (Jon Kempin 30); Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; JulioCesar (Paulo Nagamura 30), Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi; Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, Bobby Convey

Second half (4-3-3) – Jon Kempin; Michael Harrington, Cyprian Hedrick, Stefan Antonijevic (Lawrence Olum 77), Korede Aiyegbusi; Paulo Nagamura (Konrad Warzycha 75), Michael Thomas, Luke Sassano; Jacob Peterson, C.J. Sapong, Dom Dwyer

San Jose Earthquakes
First half (4-1-4-1) –
Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Ike Opara, Ramiro Corrales, Marvin Chavez, Tressor Moreno, Sam Cronin; Jean Alexandre, Rafael Baca, Chris Wondolowski

Second half (4-1-4-1) – Jon Busch; Lyle Martin, Victor Bernardez (Josh Suggs 54), Ike Opara (Kyle Davies 65), Justin Morrow; Sam Cronin (Brad Ring 65); Sam Garza, Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Tyler Krumpe 73), Jean Alexandre (Ellis McLoughlin 65), Rafael Baca (James Kiffe 65); Chris Wondolowski (Cesar Diaz Pizarro 65)

Sporting Kansas City topped the San Jose Earthquakes in the club’s first preseason match of the 2012 season at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

A wild start saw two goals within the opening five minutes before midfielder Konrad Warzycha curled home a freekick from 25-yards to give Sporting Kansas City the victory.

Both sides fielded first-choice lineups for the opening 45 minutes, with new acquisition Bobby Convey earning the start as a left-sided forward for Sporting Kansas City.

San Jose would open the scoring in just the third minute of play, as U.S. National Team forward Chris Wondolowski took a cross from Honduran winger Marvin Chavez before heading the ball back across goal past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Just one minute later, however, Sporting would equalize, Kei Kamara finishing right-footed past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch after he was released in ongoal by midfielder Roger Espinoza.

The winning strike was provided by Warzycha, who stepped up to take the free kick after C.J. Sapong was brought down after a mazy run towards the San Jose penalty area. Warzycha hit his shot with his right foot, dipping his effortover the four-man wall and out of reach of Jon Busch.

Minutes after Warzycha’s goal, Cesar Diaz Pizarro was slipped in behind the Sporting Kansas City defense with only goalkeeper JonKempin to beat. Pizarro rounded Kempin but moments before the forward was able to pass the ball into the net, substitute defender Lawrence Olum came through with a saving tackle to ensure that the scoreline remained at 2-1.

Sporting Kansas City will continue their preseason preparations at the Kino Sports Complex throughout next week before facing D.C. United in another friendly next Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Casa Grande. Check SportingKC.com for more updates throughout preseason.