Recap: Sporting KC leads East after 3-0 win over Columbus

Bieler nets game-winner with team-best 10th goal of year

Sporting Park | Kansas City, Kan.
Attendance: 19,211
Weather: 93 degrees and clear

Score

1

2

F

Sporting Kansas City (13-9-6, 45 pts)

2

1

3

Columbus Crew (9-14-5, 32 pts)

0

0

0

Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen (c); Seth Sinovic, Ike Opara, Aurelien Collin, Josh Gardner; Oriol Rosell, Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber (Jimmy Medranda 90); C.J. Sapong, Claudio Bieler (Teal Bunbury 76), Soony Saad (Jacob Peterson 64)

Subs not used: Eric Kronberg, Lawrence Olum, Kevin Ellis, Mikey Lopez

Columbus Crew: Matt Lampson; Eric Gehrig, Tyson Wahl, Chad Marshall (Danny O'Rourke 28), Chad Barson; Ethan Finlay (Tony Tchani 46), Justin Meram (Jairo Arrieta 59), Wil Trapp, Bernardo Anor; Dominic Oduro, Ryan Finley

Subs not used: Daniel Withrow, Konrad Warzycha, Ben Speas, Agustin Viana

Stats

KC

CLB

Shots

13

6

Shots on Goal

4

1

Saves

1

1

Fouls

15

15

Offside

2

2

Corner Kicks

3

3

Misconduct Summary:
KC -- Paulo Nagamura (caution; reckless tackle) 46+
CLB -- Tony Tchani (caution; unsporting behavior) 52
CLB -- Danny O'Rourke (caution; reckless foul) 62
KC -- Claudio Bieler (caution; reckless tackle) 63

Scoring Summary:
KC -- Claudio Bieler 10 (penalty kick) 7
KC -- Soony Saad 4 (Claudio Bieler 4) 41
KC -- C.J. Sapong 2 (Oriol Rosell 2) 55

Sporting Kansas City moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Sporting Park. Claudio Bieler, Soony Saad and C.J. Sapong provided the goals as Sporting KC won in front of the 31st consecutive sellout crowd at Sporting Park.
 
Bieler opened the scoring for Sporting KC with a penalty kick in the seventh minute. Benny Feilhaber earned the PK off a short corner kick. The veteran midfielder dribbled past one defender before Wil Trapp tripped him 12 yards from goal and referee Jose Carlos Rivero pointed to the penalty spot. Bieler converted the spot kick past goalkeeper Matt Lampson for his tenth goal of the season.
 
Sporting KC doubled their lead in the 41st minute behind Soony Saad's fourth goal of the season. Paulo Nagamura intercepted an errant Columbus pass and found Bieler deep in the Crew's defensive third. The Argentine striker dribbled twice and found Saad streaking into the penalty box. The third-year striker cut to the inside and ripped his shot to the far post past Lampson.
 
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made one save on the night, a low shot from Jairo Arrieta in the 78th minute. The shutout was Nielsen's tenth of the season, tied for the most in MLS, as the Danish goalkeeper improved his goals against average to a league-best 0.96.
 
The home side scored their third goal just minutes after halftime. Spanish midfielder Oriol Rosell received the ball from Seth Sinovic and lofted a 30-yard pass to the penalty spot. Lampson came off his line but Sapong deftly headed it past the onrushing goalkeeper for his first goal since May 5.
 
Sporting KC entered the match missing six players, including Dom Dwyer who was loaned to USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC for their championship match. Dwyer tallied four goals and one assist as the Lions defeated Charlotte 7-4 to win the USL PRO championship.
 
Colombian midfielder Jimmy Medranda made his MLS debut when he entered the match in the 90th minute for Feilhaber and the 19-year-old directed a long-range attempt on frame one minute later.
 
Sporting KC has the week off as they prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League match against Real Esteli on September 17 at Sporting Park. Sporting KC will return to MLS action on September 21 with a road match against Toronto FC.