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Played
July 7, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 17735‎
 

Chicago Fire 1-2 Sporting Kansas City: Sporting rides early goals to road win

Sporting rode early goals to a win in Chicago, with Mike Magee on target again for the home side.

By Allen Ramsey

Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber - Sporting KC
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Sporting Kansas City struck twice early and held on for a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon.

Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber both scored inside the opening 10 minutes of the match, and despite Mike Magee pulling one back late in the first half, Sporting held on for the win.

Fielhaber opened the scoring in the sixth minute. A long throw wasn't dealt with by Chicago, and the midfielder was waiting at the top of the box to hammer the ball home off the bounce, hitting both posts along the way.

Zusi made it 2-0 two minutes later. Whether it was a cross or a shot is up for debate, but the USA star curled a ball from the left wing into the back upper corner of the goal to give Sporting a dominant position early in the match.

As has been the case since his trade to Chicago, Mike Magee found a goal for the Fire. A long header and a defensive mistake let Magee in behind Kansas City's defense, and from there he slotted the ball home to cut the lead in half just before the break.

The second half brought about an improved performance from Sporting's back line, which held firm against Chicago's mounting pressure, but a red card to Dan Paladini for a terrible tackle in stoppage time essentially killed off the Fire's last hopes of getting anything out of the match.



Chicago Fire

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Bakary Soumare
Defender
85′
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
62′
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
57′
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Striker
39′
 - 
20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
81′
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
46′
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
72′
 - 
-
Chris Rolfe
Striker
61′
 - 

Sporting Kansas City

 - 
1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
28′ 82′
 - 
15
 - 
78
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
9′ 55′
 - 
10
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
 - 
16
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Striker

Substitutes

1
Alec Kann
Goalkeeper
 - 
11
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
72′
 - 
15
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
4
Kevin Ellis
Defender
 - 
19
 - 
10
 - 
14
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
52′

Coach/Manager

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