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Sporting KC drops 4-0 decision at Philadelphia Union

PPL Park | Chester, PA
Attendance: 18,708
Weather: Sunny and 83 degrees
Video: Match Highlights






Sporting Kansas City (9-3-2, 29 pts)




Philadelphia Union (2-8-2, 8 pts)




Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen; Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin, Lawrence Olum, Seth Sinovic; Julio Cesar (Michael Thomas 64), Roger Espinoza (Jacob Peterson 84), Graham Zusi; Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong (Soony Saad 74)

Subs not used: Eric Kronberg; Michael Harrington, Peterson Joseph, Jacob Peterson, Konrad Warzycha

Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Amobi Okugo, Gabriel Farfan; Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud; Lionard Pajoy, Jack McInerney (Keon Daniel 73), Freddy Adu (Antoine Hoppenot 59)

Subs not used: Chris Konopka, Porfirio Lopez, Josue Martinez, Jorge Perlaza, Roger Torres








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Disciplinary Summary:

PHI – Brian Carroll (caution; tactical foul) 17
KC – JulioCesar (caution; reckless tackle) 22
PHI – Raymon Gaddis (caution; reckless tackle) 25
PHI – Michael Lahoud (caution; reckless foul) 63

Scoring Summary:
PHI – JackMcInerney 1 (Lionard Pajoy 1, Raymon Gaddis 1) 1
PHI – JackMcInerney 2 (unassisted) 42
PHI – Lionard Pajoy 4 (penalty kick) 81
PHI – Antoine Hoppenot 1 (Michael Farfan 1) 87

Sporting Kansas City fell by four goals to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at PPL Park. The Union earned their first victory in League play in seven matches with a brace from Jack McInerney, a converted penalty from Lionard Pajoy and a late strike from Antoine Hoppenot. Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath recorded his fourth shutout of the season as Sporting Kansas City was held scoreless for the first time in six MLS matches.

The PhiladelphiaUnion opened the match with no shortage of excitement for the home crowd with a goal scored just one minute in by McInerney. A long ball in to rookie Raymon Gaddis on the right was crossed to Pajoy, who valiantly kept the ball in play, tapping it to McInerey, who fired from close range into the roof of the net.

The Union again threatened Sporting Kansas City in the ninth minute of play with a shot from 25 yards out by Gabriel Farfan. Thankfully for the visitors, goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was prepared and knocked the ball away.

Sporting Kansas City’s quest for an equalizer did not pick up steam until the 27th minute when Chance Myers crossed from the right to Teal Bunbury, who made an angled header for the goal, but was just over the crossbar.

The 32nd minute saw more danger for Sporting Kansas City when Gabriel Farfan, sprinting down the left flank, crossed the ball into the unmarked U.S. international Freddy Adu, who shot just wide of the far right post.

The Union doubled their lead with a goal in the 43rd minute from McInerney, his second of the match. A swinging free kick from Adu on the left ricocheted in the crowded box before McInerney made contact and slotted the ball in past Nielsen fromclose range.

Sporting Kansas City sought to bag a goal before the end of the first half with a header from Kei Kamara in the 44th minute, but Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath was ready and collected the attempt.

Sporting Kansas City found their footing in the opening of the second half, maintaining possession and pressuring the Union’s backline. Philadelphia defender Carlos Valdes stopped several dangerous plays, dispossessing Sporting Kansas City players and clearing balls from both wings in the opening 10 minutes.

Bunbury continued to pose a threat to the Union when he received a header from Kamara at the mouth of the Union goal in the 62nd minute, but shot just wide of the far post.  Bunbury again took a crack at the goal five minutes later when he took a shot at the top of the penalty area, but was denied by a sliding Valdes.

A great chance for the Union came in the 69th minute when Michael Farfan played a long, sailing ball in to Antoine Hoppenot, who went one-on-one with Nielsen but chipped the ball well over the goal.

A well-struck free kick from Graham Zusi in the 75th minute nearly found the back of the net after clearing the wall, but MacMath made a diving save and the Union’s two-goal lead stood.

Hoppenot drew a penalty in the 80th minute when Aurelien Collin was ruled to have dragged him down in the box. Pajoy sealed a victory for the home side when he converted the penalty in the 81st minute.

Philadelphia weren’t satisfied with the three-goal margin and scored a fourth in the 87th minute, when Hoppenot once again went one-on-one with Nielsen and chipped the ball in, scoring his first goal in MLS play.

Sporting’s final quest for a goal came in the 89th minute when Jacob Peterson crossed from the left to the awaiting head of Kamara but MacMath came off his line to preserve the clean sheet.

Sporting Kansas City’s next test comes in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday as they host the Dayton Dutch Lions of USL PRO at 7:30 p.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Tickets are included for all current Season Ticket Members and are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the LSP Box Offices.


• With the loss, Sporting Kansas City’s record moves to 9-4-2 in 2012 and 3-3-2 on the road this season. 

• Sporting KC remains in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind D.C. United.

• Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney scored in the first minute of action. The 19-year-old started his second straight match on Saturday. 

• McInerney’s goal was the earliest conceded for Sporting KC this season (previous mark was in the 15th minute at Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday). 

• McInerney’s goal was the sixth fastest goal allowed by Sporting KC in team history at 59 seconds. The two fastest goals allowed by Kansas City both came in at 25 seconds and were scored by Imad Baba of New England in 1997 and Jamar Beasley of Chicago in 2001. 

• Lionard Pajoy earned his first career MLS assist on McInerney’s goal. The Colombian Pajoy joined Philadelphia in February of 2012. 

• Raymon Gaddis earned the secondary assist on McInerney’s goal, which was the first point of his MLS career. He was selected 35th in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. 

• McInerney scored his second goal of the match in the 43rd minute. It’s the first two-goal game of his MLS career. 

• McInerney became the first player to score twice against Sporting KC this season.

• Pajoy scored a penalty kick in the 81st minute. It’s his fourth goal of the season, which is tied for most on the Union. 

• Pajoy’s goal was the third penalty kick scored against Sporting KC this season. 

• Philadelphia substitute Antoine Hoppenot scored in the 87th minute for his first MLS career goal. He was selected 51st in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. 

• Michael Farfan assisted on Hoppenot’s goal, his first of the 2012 MLS season. 

• Brian Carroll picked up the first yellow card of the game in the 17th minute. It’s his third caution of the MLS season. 

• Julio Cesar grabbed his third yellow card of the season in the 22nd minute of play. 

• Raymon Gaddis received a yellow card in the 25th minute, his second of the MLS campaign.

• Michael Lahoud picked up a yellow card in the 63rd minute, his second this season in the MLS. 

• Sporting KC striker Kei Kamara ranks second in the League for shots (57) behind Fredy Montero and is tied for first in shots on goal (25) with Montero.  

• Sporting KC made five changes to its starting lineup from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Seattle. Julio Cesar, Seth Sinovic, Graham Zusi, Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong were the five additions.

• Sporting Kansas City defender Chance Myers is the only field player to have played every MLS minute this season for Sporting Kansas City.

• Sporting Kansas City captain and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has played every MLS minute in net for Sporting Kansas City in 2012.

• Sporting Kansas City winger Bobby Convey missed his fourth straight MLS match with a left calf strain. 

• Sporting Kansas City defender and 2011 MLS All-Star Matt Besler missed his third straight MLS match due to appendicitis.  

• Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury has started five straight MLS games for the first time since May 21, 2011. 

• Sporting KC defender Lawrence Olum has now started in three straight games after only playing a total of 13 minutes in 2011. 

• Sporting Kansas City leads MLS in corner kicks this season with 97. 

• Graham Zusi has attempted 176 corner kicks which is the third most in Sporting KC history. 

• The four goals allowed tonight matched the most goals Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has allowed in his MLS career. The only other match he had allowed four goals came on May 29, 2010 at Real Salt Lake.

• Terry Vaughn, the referee for tonight’s match, made his 50th penalty call in 154 MLS matches.

• Sporting KC is 6-15-5 with Terry Vaughn as the referee. He worked his second straight match between Sporting KC and Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. 

• Sporting KC last won with Vaughn as referee on October 18, 2008, a span of nine matches. 

• Saturday’s game marked the third match Sporting Kansas City has played in the last eight days. Their record during the three matches is 1-1-1. 

• Tonight’s game was Sporting’s third of five matches over a 14-day span. 

• Sporting KC committed a season-high 19 fouls. 

• The loss marked the first time Sporting KC has ever lost to Philadelphia Union.

• Sporting KC lost for the first time in seven matches through all competition.  

• Philadelphia won for the first time in seven MLS matches. They last won at Chivas USA on April 21. 

• Prior to Saturday, Philadelphia had only scored more than one goal once in 2012. 

• The Union scored four goals for the first time since September 7, 2011. 

• Philadelphia had only scored two goals in their previous four matches with Sporting KC. 

• Sporting Kansas City maintained 60.2% of the possession in tonight’s match.

• Saturday marked the fourth game of the MLS season that Sporting KC has allowed the first goal. They are 1-3-0 in those matches. 

• Sporting KC trailed at half-time for the third time this season. They are 0-3-0 in those games. 

• Sporting allowed more than two goals on Saturday for the first time this season. 

• Sporting KC has not won on the road since April 18 against Vancouver. 

• Sporting Kansas City’s all-time record moves to 203-203-102 and 66-130-59 on the road in the team’s 17-year history.

• Sporting Kansas City is 33-26-20 all-time in the month of June.

• Sporting Kansas City is 0-3-0 when scoring zero goals and 0-1-0 when allowing four goals.  

• Sporting KC has lost 21 straight matches when allowing four goals.

• Sporting Kansas City is 8-3-1 on grass this season. 

• Sporting Kansas City is 1-1-3 against the Philadelphia Union all-time. 

• Sporting Kansas City is 8-3-2 when wearing Sporting Blue.

• Sporting Kansas City is 3-3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.

• Tonight’s attendance at PPL Park was 18,207. 

• The Sporting KC Academy U13 and U14 squads both won on Saturday, the first day of the Midwest Regional Championships.  


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