Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sporting KC Win MLS Desert Cup

KC didn't get the victory last night against the New York Red Bulls, but the 2-2 draw between the two gave Sporting KC the Desert Cup on goal difference. In a match that saw both sides put out their first team, Sporting KC twice took the lead, but twice the Red Bulls equalized. KC grabbed the lead in the 20th minute, when Davy Arnaud got on the end of a Kei Kamara cross making it 1-0. Only two minutes after KC took the lead New York was level. Jimmy Nielsen made a save on a shot by Dane Richards, but put the ball right into the path of Thierry Henry who finished it to tie the game. The two teams went into the half tied at 1-1.

Sporting KC once again grabbed the lead in the 61st minute from the penalty spot. CJ Sapong, who replaced Birahim Diop in the lineup when he was a late scratch, was brought down in the box by Tim Ream. Kamara took the penalty taking responsibility and sent Greg Sutton the wrong way. Fifteen minutes later New York was once again level, and once again the goal came from work by Richards and Henry. This time the roles were reversed though as Henry fed Richards who finished the opportunity.

Originally it was the thought the game would go to penalty kicks to decide the winner of the cup. In the end though the champion was decided by goal difference and with KC having the bigger win of the two on Friday night (6-1 of the Arizona Sahuaros compared to New York's 3-1 win over FC Tucson). So KC is going to be bringing home some silverware with them from Arizona.

1 comment:

Spoon said...

Well done Wizards it might be the only hardware you bring home all season!