ESPN Wide World of Sports | Orlando, Florida
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Score 1 2 F
Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 3 3
VAN – Sebastien Le Toux (Davide Chiumiento) 50
VAN – Russell Teibert (unassisted) 62
VAN – Carlyle Mitchell (Jordan Harvey) 67
KC – Julio Cesar (reckless tackle) 6
KC – Aurelien Collin (tactical foul) 16
VAN – Gershon Koffie (persistent infringement) 40
VAN – Jordan Harvey (tactical foul) 47
KC – Kei Kamara (reckless foul) 59
Stats: KC VAN
Shots 6 5
Shots On Goal 2 4
Fouls 15 11
Corner Kicks 7 2
Offsides 0 4
Sporting Kansas City – Jon Kempin; Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin (Cyprian Hedrick 78), Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Julio Cesar (Luke Sassano 63), Paulo Nagamura (Mozzi Gyorio 73), Bobby Convey (Soony Saad 63); Jacob Peterson (Michael Harrington 83), C.J. Sapong (Dom Dwyer 69), Kei Kamara
Subs not used: Jimmy Nielsen, Korede Aiyegbusi, Lawrence Olum, Konrad Warzycha
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Brad Knighton; Greg Klazura, Michael Boxall, Carlyle Mitchell, Jordan Harvey; Michael Nanchoff (Russell Teibert 58), Gershon Koffie (Bryce Alderson 46), Matt Watson, Davide Chiumiento (Lee Nguyen 78); Sebastien Le Toux, Long Tan (Bilal Duckett 80)
Subs not used: Jun Marques Davidson, Darren Mattocks, Callum Irving, Sean Melvin
Sporting Kansas City suffered their first loss of the 2012 pre-season in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Vancouver on Wednesday in the 2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic at the. The Whitecaps struck for three goals in a 20-minute span early in the second half to power past Sporting KC at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the pool play finale.
Jon Kempin made his first save of the match in the 13th minute with a stop on Long Tan’s attempt from 25 yards out. Sporting Kansas City’s homegrown keeper was called into action again four minutes later on a free kick from Davide Chiumiento. Vancouver defender Carlyle Mitchell got on the end of it, but Kempin’s touch was enough to push the header into the crossbar and Aurelien Collin was quick to clear it out of danger.
Sporting Kansas City’s best scoring opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came in the 36th minute as forward Kei Kamara received a pass from the right side. The Sierra Leone international spun inside the penalty area and got off his shot in a tight space, but the attempt went high of Brad Knighton’s goal.
Despite a defensive first half, marked by physical play and a single shot on goal, the match picked up in pace during the second half.
Vancouver broke the deadlock five minutes after the break as Chiumiento broke free through the left side of the penalty area on a pass from Michael Nanchoff. Kempin came off his line to close down the angle and the Swiss playmaker slipped a pass to an onrushing Le Toux for the simple volley in the middle of the goalmouth.
Ten minutes later, the Whitecaps doubled their advantage on a well-placed shot from second-half substitute Russell Teibert. The third-year pro sent a low, driven shot inside the right post from 20 yards out to put the Whitecaps in control.
The Canadians continued to capitalize on their momentum, adding a third goal in the 67th minute. Carlyle Mitchell combined with Jordan Harvey to unlock the Sporting KC defense and the Trinidadian hammered home a shot from the middle of the penalty area.
Sporting Kansas City weren’t without chances of their own in the second half, but none able to beat Knighton in net for Vancouver. Kamara came closest in the 85th minute as he rose high to re-direct a corner from Soony Saad, but his header was cleared off the line by a Whitecaps defender at the nearpost.
Sporting Kansas City will conclude their pre-season preparation with a scrimmage against the United States Under-17 National Team at 10:00 a.m. CT on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Follow @SKCGameday on Twitter for live updates.