Sporting KC runs Revs ragged, 3-0

Sporting KC runs Revs ragged, 3-0
August 10, 2013, 10:30 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kei Kamara scored two goals, both set up by Soony Saad on similar plays, as Sporting Kansas City earned a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night at Sporting Park. Benny Feilhaber tallied Sporting KC’s final goal in stoppage time.
The win extended Sporting KC’s (11-7-6, 39 pts.) undefeated streak against New England (8-9-6, 30 pts.) to six games – going 3-0-3 – dating back to July 2011. The Revs suffered their second loss in as many games, both by shutout.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the lineup tonight from the Revs’ last match, inserting Kelyn Rowe into central midfield for Juan Toja, who missed the trip with lower back pain. Also introduced tonight was Kevin Alston, who slotted in at left back. Chris Tierney moved up to left midfield, supplanting Diego Fagundez, who was available on the bench.
It took 20 minutes for either team to record a shot, and it came through Sporting’s Argentine playmaker, Claudio Bieler. Chance Myers broke down the right wing and got deep before he whipped in a cross back to the top of the box. Bieler connected with a first-time side volley inches inside the edge of the box, but his shot was narrowly high of Bobby Shuttleworth’s goal.
After a 23rd minute chance by Oriol Rosell that was deflected wide from distance, SKC broke through in the 27th minute and ended the early stalemate. Kamara out-jumped Alston to Saad’s cross nine yards out from goal and his looping header beat a leaping Shuttleworth to the far, upper corner. Seth Sinovic played a short pass to Saad along the far byline to start the play, and Saad’s high cross found Kamara midway between the penalty spot and the six-yard box where he headed it home.
Down 1-0, the Revs had their first real chance of the night in the 40th minute. Lee Nguyen sent a pass downfield from the midfield line and connected with Dimitry Imbongo, who stayed onside at the top of the penalty area. He took the ball down and dribbled toward Jimmy Nielsen, but the SKC goalkeeper stopped Imbongo’s shot with his hip to prevent the equalizer.
Sporting KC repeated what worked in the first half and extended the lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute. Sinovic and Saad played down the left side, and – near the corner of the penalty box – Saad swung an angled cross into the box. Kamara flashed in front of Alston as both came across the face of goal and converted a diving header to beat Shuttleworth and put Sporting ahead by two.
The Revs had a further set-back in the 64th minute when referee Baldomero Toledo showed Imbongo his second yellow of the game for shielding the ball with his arm raised against Rosell as he turned toward goal. Having already seen yellow in the first half, Imbongo was shown red and ejected from the match, leaving the Revs with 10 men for the final 26 minutes of the game.
The Revs had a go in the 80th minute to break Sporting’s shutout bid when Chad Barrett broke around reigning defender of the year Matt Besler and earned a one-on-one with Nielsen. However, his left-footed shot was saved by the goalkeeper and the bouncing rebound was just out of the reach of Diego Fagundez, who was charging toward the back post.
The Revs’ come-back was further hampered in the 86th minute when second-half substitute Andy Dorman was shown a straight red for a challenge to Kamara at midfield, sending the Revs into the final four minutes of the game and stoppage time with only nine men. Kamara was assisted off the field, and with SKC already making their full allotment of subs, left Sporting down a man, as well.
Feilhaber added the final dagger against his former club when he drew a free kick just outside the box and then converted a curling free kick inside the near post to give Sporting KC the final 3-0 win.