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Played
March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ E. Bonilla‎
 
17′ Kevin Ellis
 

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Cruz Azul: MLS champs hold out for first-leg win

Kansas City is in the driver's seat after defeating Cruz Azul 1-0 at Sporting Park thanks to Kevin Ellis' first senior goal.

By Keith Hickey

Kevin Ellis, Graham Zusi, Seth Sinovic, Sporting Kansas City, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League 03122014
John Rieger
Sporting Kansas City earned a 1-0 win at home in the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions league quarterfinal against Mexican side Cruz Azul.

The Americans went ahead in the 17th minute, with Sporting academy product Kevin Ellis scoring his first professional goal. The right back switched over to the the left flank and found himself all alone for Benny Feilhaber to pick out with a fine pass, and the 22-year-old put his hometown side ahead with a composed finish.

Sporting denied Cruz Azul in heroic fashion twice in the early second half. Mariano Pavone beat the offside trap, rounded Sporting keeper Eric Kronberg and applied the finish only to have Ike Opara intervene in the goalmouth. On the resulting corner kick, Feilhaber got away with using his arm to block a headball before Seth Sinovic came up with an acrobatic clearance on the goal line.

Sporting nearly doubled its lead when Graham Zusi hit the woodwork, but Peter Vemes will be please to head to Mexico with the advantage.

Cruz Azul will host the second leg in Mexico City on March 19.


Sporting Kansas City

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
4
Kevin Ellis
Defender
17′ 45′
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
77′
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
10
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
76′
 - 
11
Salvatore Zizzo
Midfielder
60′
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
 - 
16
 - 

Cruz Azul

 - 
1
J. Corona
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
14
L. Perea
Defender
75′
 - 
15
G. Flores
Defender
 - 
-
R. Chavez
Defender
23′
 - 
5
A. Castro
Midfielder
90′
 - 
10
 - 
10
Mauro Formica
Midfielder
 - 
20
Pavone
Striker
 - 
24
J. Rojas
Striker
 - 
8
M. Fabián
Striker

Substitutes

30
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
31
 - 
94
 - 
14
 - 
17
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
60′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
G. Allison
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
M. Madrid
Defender
 - 
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
91
 - 
-
I. Valadez
Striker

Coach/Manager

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 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
L. Tena
Coach
 
  • 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
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
4 0