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March 16, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 19868‎
 

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Chicago Fire: Toothless Sporting unable to capitalize

Sporting dominated possession, but was unable to find the net in a battle for Midwestern bragging rights

By Keith Hickey

 Jalil Anibaba, C.J. Sapong, Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City, MLS
Ed Zurga
Sporting Kansas City was unable to turn possession dominance into goals, as the Chicago Fire snuck out of Sporting Park with their first point of 2013.

Coming off a surprise loss to Toronto FC, Sporting ran the game with 72.9 percent possession, and at times threatened to overrun the Fire defense creating 20 attempts on goal and winning seven corner kicks, but Chicago held on to get a draw after opening the season with two losses.

Sporting's best chance of the evening came on the hour mark. Left back Seth Sinovic put a low cross right into the path of the unmarked Claudio Bieler, but Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a crucial desperate dive to touch the ball away.

The result leaves KC in second place in the East for the time being, while Chicago still occupies the bottom spot.


Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
47′
 - 
24
Meshack Jerome
Defender
 - 
78
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
10
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
79′
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
94′
 - 
16
 - 
17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
 - 

Chicago Fire

 - 
25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
13
 - 
4
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
60′
 - 
11
 - 
20
 - 
-
 - 
15
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
 - 
-

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
12
Mikey Lopez
Midfielder
 - 
31
 - 
15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
79′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
85′
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
60′
 - 
24
 - 
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • 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