Postgame: Sporting KC 2-1 Toronto FC

Sporting Kansas City earned their 14th win of the MLS regular season on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. The team took an early first half lead on a C.J. Sapong 18th minute head but Toronto would equalize just before halftime with a Darel Russell 38th minute goal. Sporting KC responded with the game-winning goal eight minutes into the second half as Sapong headed a Chance Myers cross past the Toronto goalkeeper. 

Man of the Match

C.J. Sapong had his best performance of the season and was another example of Sporting KC's depth. The striker struggled to find his form early in the season but had now scored three goals in his last two matches. Sapong's two goals were both off headers and his athleticism up top provides a tough challenge for opposing defenses.

Turning Point

Sporting KC's first goal was a thing of beauty. It was a well executed counterattack that started on the foot of Graham Zusi, headed across goal by Dom Dwyer, and then finished by Sapong. Scoring the first goal is always important but it's especially true on the road. It allowed the team some margin for error and forced Toronto to play aggressive for the remainder of the match.

A few stats

  • Ike Opara led all players with 10 clearances
  • Sapong, Dwyer, and Peterson combined to win 13 of 19 aerial duels
  • Saturday's match is the first since June 22nd (at FC Dallas) that Sporting KC has not had the majority of possession
  • Dom Dwyer led all players with nine duels won