Saturday, March 05, 2011

Big Preseason Win

KC has struggled to score goals this preseason, having scored a grand total of five in their previous six games. Last night in Tucson though, Sporting KC broke for six against the Arizona Sahuaros in their 6-1 win over the Arizona side. KC's line up was made up of players that are likely to all be on the Swope Park Rangers this year, the team's reserve side.

In the first half KC got on the board in the 35th minute when a Scott Lorenz corner was headed in my supplemental draft pick, Mike Jones. That was the only scoring of the first half as KC was the dominate side. In the second half the only remaining draft pick in camp that's not signed, Michal Mravec made it 2-0 after CJ Sapong laid a ball back to him. The provider turned scorer a little later as Lorenz again assisted on a goal. A cross by Lorenz was headed in by Sapong to make it 3-0.

Graham Zusi and Chance Myers combined on the next two goals. On the first Zusi played Myers through on a breakaway that the forward finished to make 4-0. Then for the next goal Myers laid a ball back to Zusi that he buried into the side netting for 5. Shortly after Zusi's goal, Arizona got themselves on the board through Jesse Baker who beat substitute Jon Kempin in net for KC.

Kempin was one of only two subs that KC made all game, the other saw Birahim Diop come on for Sapong in the 65th. KC finished out the scoring in stoppage time as trialist Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored to make it 6-1. Tonight we'll see more of a first team lineup as the Wizards will take on the New York Red Bulls.

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