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Toronto FC
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Final
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Sporting Kansas City
SKC
Saturday, September 21, 20134:00 PM
BMO FieldMLS Regular SeasonRainMLS LIVEAttendance: 12627

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 53'SKCC.J. Sapong
  • Chance Myers
 38'TORDarel Russell
  • Álvaro Rey
 18'SKCC.J. Sapong
  • Dominic Dwyer
  • Graham Zusi
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+1'SKC Peterson JosephFoul
 86'TOR Steven CaldwellFoul
 17'SKC Aurélien CollinFoul
 11'TOR Jeremy HallFoul
 9'TOR Darel RussellFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 85'SKC
Teal Bunbury (F)
Dominic Dwyer (F)
 83'TOR
Kyle Bekker (M)
Álvaro Rey (M)
 81'SKC
Josh Gardner (D)
Jacob Peterson (F)
 74'TOR
Justin Braun (F)
Jeremy Hall (M)
 65'TOR
Reggie Lambe (M)
Andrew Wiedeman (F)
 64'SKC
Peterson Joseph (M)
Benny Feilhaber (M)

Starting Formations

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Lineups

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Toronto FC
12GJoe Bendik
28DMark Bloom
13DSteven Caldwell
4DDoneil Henry
5DAshtone Morgan
15MBobby Convey
25MJeremy Hall
16MDarel Russell
23MÁlvaro Rey
32FAndrew Wiedeman
7FBright Dike
Sporting Kansas City
1GJimmy Nielsen
7DChance Myers
78DAurélien Collin
3DIke Opara
15DSeth Sinovic
8MGraham Zusi
13MLawrence Olum
10MBenny Feilhaber
37FJacob Peterson
14FDominic Dwyer
17FC.J. Sapong
Bench
27Richard Eckersley
17Justin Braun
24Stefan Frei
19Reggie Lambe
6Gale Agbossoumonde
8Kyle Bekker
9Emery Welshman
 
18Eric Kronberg
5Matt Besler
19Peterson Joseph
9Teal Bunbury
31Josh Gardner
22Soony Saad
25Christian Duke
Managers
  Ryan Nelsen
 
  Peter Vermes
OFFICIALS

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RefereeAllen Chapman  
Assistant RefereeDaniel Belleau  
Assistant RefereeClaudio Badea  
Fourth OfficialEdvin Jurisevic  
Saturday, September 21, 2013
4:00 PM
BMO Field
MLS LIVE

TORONTO — A brace by C.J. Sapong was enough to see Sporting Kansas City dispatch a struggling Toronto FC side by a 2-1 margin on a soggy Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.

Kansas City broke through and opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a defensive breakdown by Toronto FC allowed a completely unmarked Sapong to head the ball into the back of the net after fellow forward Dominic Dwyer had nodded it back across the box following a well-placed long ball from Graham Zusi.

The game looked like it was going to turn in TFC’s favor just before the half-hour mark when Sporting defender Aurelien Collin, already on a yellow card, appeared to deliver an elbow to the head of Toronto winger Alvaro Rey on the edge of the Kansas City penalty area. Although referee Allen Chapman called a foul on the play, the French defender surprisingly escaped a second yellow and a sending off.

Some clumsy defending by Collin, in partnership with goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, nonetheless allowed Toronto to equalize in the 38th minute when Rey picked up a loose ball and set up midfielder Darel Russell for his second goal of the season on a low shot just inside the left post.

Toronto came close to taking the lead just before halftime when striker Bright Dike saw his header off a corner kick cleared off the line by former TFC winger Jacob Peterson.

Kansas City engineered a winner in the 53rd minute when Sapong once again got the better of the TFC backline and headed in his second of the game via a cross into the Toronto box from right back Chance Myers.

Toronto went down to 10 men in the 86th minute when TFC captain Steven Caldwell was handed a straight red for a foul on Sporting KC defender Josh Gardner. A miserable afternoon for the home side was later punctuated when Chapman ejected TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen and assistant coach Fran O’Leary during injury time for dissent after a penalty shout was ignored.  

With the loss, Toronto saw their current winless streak stretch to eight games. Kansas City, meanwhile, won their third league match in a row as they continue to battle for playoff positioning at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Sporting Kansas City return to action on Friday, Sept. 27th against the Philadelphia Union at Sporting Park, while TFC will play their second straight match at home on Saturday, Sept. 28th against D.C. United.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 C.J. Sapong Yes, he was wide open. But you still have to finish, and he did -- twice -- to deliver an ugly win on an ugly day.
2 Darel Russell Nice bit of opportunism gave TFC the chance to pull off an upset.
3 Seth Sinovic Good job of shutting down the right side of TFC's offense when the rest of the back line had problems in its own end.