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March 2, 2013 4:07 PM EST
PPL Park — Chester, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 18160‎
 

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Sporting Kansas City: Zusi rains on Le Toux's homecoming parade

The United States international led the way for Sporting Kansas City in MLS's opening match of 2013, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

By Keith Hickey

Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber - Sporting KC
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CHESTER, Pa -- The Philadelphia Union came out hard early to take a lead against sporting Kansas City, but the Zolos weren't able to hold on as KC, driven by U.S. national team midfielder Graham Zusi, reversed the momentum and worked out a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Philadelphia took the lead in the 17th minute. Sebastien Le Toux cradled down a lofted pass from Keon Daniel inside the Sporting KC box and finished calmly past a helpless Jimmy Nielsen. It was like 2010 all over again, and the home fans were delighted as he mimed a heart in the air and pointed to the stands.

He nearly made doubled the lead a few minutes later. Sheanon Williams' lung-bursting counterattack charge down the right flank drew the defense towards him, leaving Le Toux effectively open at the top of the box, but he shot Williams' passed ball wide when he should have done better.

Sporting Kansas city equalized a few minutes before the break Benny Feilhaber's shot off Claudio Bieler's headed ball was saved by Zac MacMath, but Graham Zusi was there to clean up and finish to level the score.

And Zusi then set up in KC's second, 66 minutes into the match. His floated free kick was met by Oriol Rosell, and the former Barcelona youth player headed home to put the visitors in front.

Sporting sealed the result in the 83rd. A lofted ball from that man, Graham Zusi, evaded Keon Daniel and fell to Chance Myers, who cut back to Sporting's new DP signing, Claudio Bieler, who finished past Zac MacMath.

The result puts KC on top of all the tables and the Union on the bottom for the time being, and John Hackworth wondering how a promising opening half led to such a comprehensive loss.


Philadelphia Union

18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Gabriel Farfán
Midfielder
70′
 - 
25
 - 
2
Jeff Parke
Defender
 - 
28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
89′
 - 
7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
 - 
13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
79′
 - 
14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
 - 
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
 - 
26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
83′
 - 
11
 - 

Sporting Kansas City

 - 
1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
 - 
15
 - 
78
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
41′
 - 
10
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
66′
 - 
15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
56′ 63′
 - 
16

Substitutes

1
Chris Konopka
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
79′
 - 
44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
 - 
6
 - 
9
 - 
29
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
24
 - 
19
 - 
31
 - 
17
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1