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Recap: Sporting Kansas City striker Teal Bunbury scores twice in 2-2 draw at Colorado Rapids

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m. CT
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, Colo.
Attendance: 15,269
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 57 degrees
Video: Match Highlights





Sporting Kansas City (7-3-1, 22 pts)




Colorado Rapids (5-6-1, 16 pts)




Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen©; Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Seth Sinovic; Julio Cesar (Lawrence Olum 87), Paulo Nagamura (Peterson Joseph 77), Graham Zusi; Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, Bobby Convey (Jacob Peterson 59)
Subs not used: Jon Kempin, Korede Aiyegbusi, Michael Harrington, C.J. Sapong

Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens; Kosuke Kimura, Tyrone Marshall, Drew Moor, Hunter Freeman; Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillon, Wells Thompson (Kamani Hill 78), MartinRivero, Tony Cascio (Luis Zapata 89); Conor Casey (Edu 68)
Subs not used: Steward Ceus, Andre Akpan, Harrison Henao, Scott Palguta







Shots on Goal












Corner Kicks



Misconduct Summary:
KC – Bobby Convey (caution; reckless foul) 51

Scoring Summary:
KC – Teal Bunbury 1 (Seth Sinovic 2) 2
KC – Teal Bunbury 2 (unassisted) 14
COL – Tyrone Marshall 1 (Martin Rivero 4) 52
COL – Kosuke Kimura 1 (Conor Casey 1) 60

Sporting Kansas City picked up the team’s first draw of the season on Saturday with a 2-2 road result at the Colorado Rapids behind two first-half goals from forward Teal Bunbury. The Sporting KC striker, making his first start since the season opener, headed home a cross from Seth Sinovic 61 seconds into the match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and secured his second of the match in the 14th minute on a Matt Besler throw-in.

The Rapids responded in the second half with two goals in an eight-minute span as Tyrone Marshall and Kosuke Kimura each scored their first goals of the season on set piece opportunities.

Sporting Kansas City, 7-3-1, sits in third place in the Eastern Conference while extending the team’s unbeaten run to eight against the Rapids in MLS competition.

Bunbury opened the scoring on Saturday with the team’s fastest goal since Scott Sealy scored 36 seconds into a match, also against Colorado, on September 9, 2006. Graham Zusi’s cross-field switch found Bobby Convey along the left side and he played the ball into space for Seth Sinovic on the overlapping run. Sinovic, back in the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a broken hand at Portland, sent in a cross from the endline for Bunbury to direct inside the far post with an unmarked header.

Colorado would threaten in the 12th minute, as Conor Casey capitalized on an errant pass from Aurelien Collin. The Rapids forward went for the chip from 20 yards out but Jimmy Nielsen stood his ground to thwart the attempt.

On the opposite end, Nielsen’s counterpart Matt Pickens came up big for the Rapids to deny Kei Kamara less than a minute later. The Sierra Leone international rose high to win an aerial challenge in the box and his well-struck side volley was met by a diving save from the Colorado goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Bunbury buried his second on the night. Matt Besler’s long throw-in from the right sideline was contested between Pickens and Chance Myers, resulting in a rebound for the nearby Bunbury to poach into the empty net. The goal marked Bunbury’s fourth straight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after tallying twice in a 2-0 win in the MLS Cup Playoffs last season and gave him his fourth career multi-goal game in MLS competition.

Having scored twice in the MLS Reserve League at Chicago last Sunday, Bunbury’s second goal gave him four in his last 27 minutes of action.

Nielsen made his second save of the match in the 25th minute to turn away Drew Moor’s attempt after coming off his line to punch away the Rapids service into the area.

The final 20 minutes of the opening half would be lacking in chances for either sides, but the same could not be said for the start to the second half for the Rapids.Seven minutes in, Colorado cut the deficit in half on a free kick from Martin Rivero. The Argentine earned his team-leading fourth assist of the year on a delivery that found Marshall at the top of the six-yard box. He powered hisheader past Nielsen for the 17th goal of his 15-year MLS career.

Eight minutes later, the Rapids leveled the score in the aftermath of another set piece. Nielsen went low and to his right to keep out Jeff Larentowicz’s free kick from 25 yards out, but Casey kept the ball in play and pushed it across the goalmouth for Kimura. The Japanese defender was waiting three yards out anddirected it into the back of the net to complete the two-goal comeback.

Colorado would continue to test the Sporting KC defense, which was put on alert in the 86th minute when second-half substitute Edu whipped in a cross and Rivero snapped a header on frame that required a solid save from Nielsen.

Sporting Kansas City refused to go quietly in the game’s final moments. Zusi’s free kick curled high in the 88th minute from a dangerous spot outside the area and Lawrence Olum’s half-volley sailed high from the top of the arc.

Sporting Kansas City will return home to face the San Jose Earthquakes at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, May 27 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The match will be nationally broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and tickets are available to purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or at the LSP Box Offices.

-With the tie, Sporting Kansas City’s record moves to 7-3-1 in 2012 and 3-2-1 on the road this season.
-Sporting Kansas City’s all-time record moves to 201-202-101 and 66-129-58 on the road in the team’s 17-year history.
-Sporting Kansas City is 20-17-13 all-time against the Rapids and played their 50th regular season meeting on Saturday.
-Sporting Kansas City has 13 ties all-time against the Rapids, the most of any MLS opponent.
-Prior to Saturday, neither team had ended in a tie in theirpast 12 MLS regular season outings.
-Sporting Kansas City has 85 goals against the Rapids all-time, most against any MLS opponent.
-Sporting Kansas City is 4-14-8 at Colorado in the series and played their 26th road match in the series, most of any MLS opponent.
-Sporting Kansas City has never won a regular season match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The team’s last regular season win in Colorado came on June 9, 2004.
-Sporting Kansas City is now 3-0-5 in the team’s last eight matches against Colorado in MLS competition. All eight games have come under Manager Peter Vermes who is unbeaten against his former club.
-Sporting Kansas City is 25-35-17 all-time in the month of May. Sporting Kansas City has not won a game in the month of May in any of the last three years. The last May win dates back to May 16, 2009 in a 2-0 win at RSL – a span of 13 straight May matches without a win.
-Teal Bunbury made his first start since the 2012 season opener on March 10th at D.C. United.
-Teal Bunbury scored the first goal of the match 61 seconds after kickoff.
-The goal marks the fastest goal scored by Sporting Kansas City in 2012. Prior to Bunbury’s goal, the fastest goal scored by Sporting KC was Aurelien Collin’s goal in the 24th minute against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
-Bunbury’s goal was the quickest goal scored by a Kansas City player since Scott Sealy on September 9, 2006 when Kansas City coincidentally beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1. Sealy’s goal came 36 seconds into the contest.
-The brace was Bunbury’s fourth career multi-goal game and third in the regular season, tying Davy Arnaud, Eddie Johnson and Kei Kamara for seventh most inclub history.
-Seth Sinovic earned an assist on Bunbury’s goal. Sinovic’s assist was the second of his MLS career. His first was on March 17th against his former club, the New England Revolution.
-Seth Sinovic started and played a full 90 minutes in tonight’s match after missing Sporting Kansas City’s last two matches recovering from surgery on his hand.
-Sporting Kansas City is 16-2-2 with Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin starting in defense.
-Tonight’s match was Paulo Nagamura’s second start since joining Kansas City in the off-season. His first was on April 18th against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
-Sporting Kansas City has now scored first in 8 of 11 games this season. Sporting KC is now 6-1-1 when scoring first.
-Teal Bunbury added a second tally in the 14th minute from a Matt Besler throw-in. Chance Myers went up for the challenge with Pickens on the throw and the ball landed in Bunbury’s path for the easy finish.
-Bunbury has scored four goals (two in last weekend’s Reserve League match against Chicago Fire and two in tonight’s competition) in a span of 27 minutes.
-Bunbury now has Sporting Kansas City’s last four goals at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. He scored twice in a 2-0 win during the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.
-The only other time Sporting Kansas City scored two first half goals this season was in the season opener at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park when they beat the New England Revolution 3-0 on March 17th.
-Colorado scored their first goal of the match in the 52nd minute. Martin Rivero connected with Tyrone Marshall whose header beat Nielsen to cut Sporting KC’s lead in half.
-Colorado tied it up in the 60th minute when Kosuke Kimura finished a cross from Conor Casey from close range. Kimura’s goal was his first of the 2012 season. Casey’s assist was his first of 2012 also.
-Colorado has scored 15 of their 17 goals in 2012 during the second half.
-The Rapids secured their first point of 2012 when trailing at halftime (0-5-1) and when conceding the games first goal (0-5-1).
-Casey made his second start in 2012 since suffering a season-ending Achilles tear on July 16, 2011 at Seattle.
-Peterson Joseph made his first appearance of 2012 for Sporting Kansas City as a second-half substitute for Paulo Nagamura. Joseph’s appearance was his second since joining Sporting KC in 2011.
-Saturday’s match marks the third game in a row that Sporting Kansas City has given up two goals in one game. Prior to these past three matches, Kansas City had not conceded two goals in a game since September 5th against the LA Galaxy.
-Sporting Kansas City is now 3-1-1 when leading at halftime.
-Sporting Kansas City is 6-2-1 when wearing Sporting Blue.
-Roger Espinoza was not available for the match due to a red card suspension given from a reckless tackle in the 62nd minute against Chicago Fire last weekend.
-Sporting Kansas City was outshot by the Colorado Rapids 13-12. This marks the third time this season Kansas City has been outshot by an opponent. Sporting Kansas City is 1-1-1 when outshot by their opponent in 2012.
-Sporting Kansas City is 5-1-1 against Western Conference opponents.


Post-game reaction from tonight’s match between Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids will be available on SportingKC.com, including comments from players and managers.