Columbus Crew SC 0, Sporting Kansas City 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
Sporting Kansas City airlifted a timely three points out of Ohio on Sunday for their first MLS road win of 2019, edging Columbus Crew SC 1-0 in a scrappy meeting of two struggling sides, both of whom entered the match with just one win in their last 10 games.
After a back-and-forth first half marked by ample scoring chances but negligent finishing, Sporting snatched the lead just minutes after the intermission via a smart, skillful hustle play from Gerso Fernandes. The Bissau-Guinean winger tracked down a mishit shot just before it crossed the endline, then cheekily nutmegged Luis Argudo before planting a short cross on Felipe Gutierrez's head for a point-blank strike.
Gerso then played a central role in the game's other key moment, as he broke free behind the Crew backline and was tackled from behind by Harrison Afful, who was shown a straight red card by referee Allen Chapman in the 74th minute for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
The loss was made all the more galling for Columbus by an early exit for David Accam, as the winger pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Argudo just 16 minutes in, looking pained and frustrated as he limped off the pitch.
- 48’ — SKC — Felipe Gutierrez | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Generally speaking, Columbus can’t score in 2019, and Sporting can’t stop leaking goals. When those two traits collided on Saturday, it was the visitors who broke out of character, stifling Crew SC’s goal-shy attack and nipping a resourceful winner.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: It has to be the Gerso-Felipe connection, which caught the Crew napping and will surely aggravate coach Caleb Porter to no end given that it took place mere moments into the second half.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: With some players missing on international duty and many others stuck on the injured list, Gerso Fernandes stepped up in his team’s moment of need.