Sporting KC put together a classic road victory over the Columbus Crew winning 2-0 on Saturday night in Columbus. KC scored in the 6th minute when Peterson Joseph caressed a through pass to Jacob Peterson who calmly slipped the ball past Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum.
When the Crew pushed for a late equalizer Sporting’s Kei Kamara found Teal Bunbury on the counter to make it two to nil in the 82nd minute sealing the Crew’s fate. Wow! What a match report, right. That’s about all Sporting KC did on the night and the stats back up the statement. With Columbus first then Sporting KC here are some stats on the one-sided match.
Attempts on goal 18/6
Shots on Goal 4/2 That’s right, 2 shots on goal resulting in 2 goals for KC
Open Play Crosses 15/3
Total Passes 439/269
KC sat very deep after the first goal and were content with letting Columbus build from the back. The Black and Gold had no pressure on the ball until they crossed out of their own half.
When the Crew did get to play in the final third they carried a threat. In the 24th minute Crew’s Josh Williams had a few good touches in the KC penalty area before setting up Emilio Renteria who then blasted a shot into the side netting.
Emilio seemed to have endless energy throughout the match. He was caught offside a few times and didn’t hesitate to complain to the ref showing his growing frustration. Just after halftime Eddie Gaven sent a beautiful cross to Justin Meram who’s header smacked off the top crossbar.
Columbus were getting close to equalizing but frustrations grew as the match progressed. In the 68th minute Sporting’s Paulo Nagamura brought down Emilio Renteria who was then shown a yellow card for an attempted head butt on Nagamura.
Emilio’s offside calls and his attempts on goal that flew into the 30th row were factors of his growing tension that boiled over. Shortly after the melee, Renteria received a pass at the top of the KC penalty box and displayed an exquisite first touch to slip between the two central defenders only to have his shot stuffed by a charging Jimmy Nielsen.
It was by far the best chance for an equalizer for the Crew. In pushing for the late draw Columbus were hit on the counter by a team that sat so deep resulting in ZERO offside calls against Sporting KC.
The Crew made major changes to the starting eleven as coach Robert Warzycha said in his post game press conference, “we haven’t been playing good so we needed to change the line up.”
The Crew have lost three of the last four matches and meet up with 2nd place DC United next weekend. 17,588 fans sat through a lopsided match as the Columbus Crew remain on on 22 points at a 6-7-4 record.
Sporting KC hold top spot in the East on 36 points at a 11-5-3 record and will battle Houston midweek. Crew coach Warzycha summed it up best with his post match statement, “we made two mistakes, they had two chances, and obviously they scored on both of them.”
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