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November 23, 2013 7:30 PM EST
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 21650‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Houston Dynamo

Goal rates the performances after Kansas City finally ousted the Dynamo from the playoffs and booked a ticket to the MLS Cup at Sporting Park.

By Thomas Floyd

  • Jimmy Nielsen
    3
    2
    3.00

    Jimmy Nielsen

    Wasn't tested often but came up big when he was, stopping Ashe's curling bid late. Could do nothing on Garcia's deflected goal.

  • Matt Besler
    4
    1
    3.00

    Matt Besler

    Was a composed presence in the back, covering for Collin's more aggressive approach. Unlucky to see his last-gasp challenge on Garcia merely deflect the shot on its way in.

  • Chance Myers
    4
    1
    2.50

    Chance Myers

    Was beaten too easily down the flank by Driver in the buildup to Garcia's strike. Nearly redeemed himself minutes later when his dangerous service gave Dwyer a key chance in front of goal.

  • Seth Sinovic
    2
    1
    2.00

    Seth Sinovic

    Bit on Garcia's fake and promptly lost his footing, allowing the Dynamo midfielder to open the scoring. Like Myers, joined the attack on the overlap as Sporting pushed forward.

  • Aurellien Collin
    2
    1
    3.00

    Aurellien Collin

    Won his aerial battles but was a tad overzealous in certain situations, leaving space for Houston to attack. Ultimately came up big with several crucial clearances late.

  • Paulo Nagamura
    3
    1
    3.00

    Paulo Nagamura

    Was solid in his box-to-box role, allowing Rosell to drop deep and Feilhaber to venture forward. Picked his moments to jump into the attack.

  • Graham Zusi
    6
    0
    3.50

    Graham Zusi

    Made sure to attack Houston on the dribble as the game became stretched but also distributed smartly. Interacted cleverly with Feilhaber in the sequence leading to Dwyer's strike.

  • Benny Feilhaber
    10
    1
    4.00

    Benny Feilhaber Top of the Match

    Guilty of mixing brilliant performances with indifferent ones throughout his career, the playmaker exerted his influence in this one. Came up with the determined foray into the box that led to Sapong's strike, then set up Dwyer's winner with an inspired chip. Efficiently used time on the ball to orchestrate Sporting's attack throughout.

  • Oriol Rosell
    3
    0
    3.00

    Oriol Rosell

    Was his usual silky self, completing passes at a remarkably high percentage from his deep-lying playmaker role.

  • Dominic Dwyer
    5
    0
    4.00

    Dominic Dwyer

    Created a golden opportunity for himself in the first half with a combination of tremendous skill and effort, then set up a golden Sapong chance with a dart into the box. Got his deserved goal with a composed finish, holding his shot to dodge Sarkodie's last-ditch tackle.

  • C.J. Sapong
    2
    1
    3.00

    C.J. Sapong

    Gave Kansas City its badly needed early equalizer by pouncing on Boswell's error in the box. Delivered an industrious outing.

Substitutions

  • Ike Opara
    1
    1

    Ike Opara

    Gave Kansas City an extra aerial presence after replacing Feilhaber with six minutes left.

  • Claudio Bieler
    3
    0

    Claudio Bieler

    Replaced Dwyer in the game's dying moments.

  • Jacob Peterson
    1
    1

    Jacob Peterson

    Came on for Zusi in stoppage time.

  • Tally Hall
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tally Hall

    Wasn't at blame for either goal but did have some shaky moments dealing with services into his box.

  • Eric Brunner
    0
    1
    3.00

    Eric Brunner

    Turned in a dependable, relatively mistake-free performance at center back for the Dynamo, who saw both KC goals surprisingly go through Boswell.

  • Warren Creavalle
    0
    1
    2.00

    Warren Creavalle

    Seemed overmatched at times as the fulcrum of Houston's three-man midfield, conceding too much space for Zusi and Feilhaber to expose. Also had some untimely giveaways.

  • Kofi Sarkodie
    1
    0
    2.50

    Kofi Sarkodie

    Did his job defensively, though he didn't contribute much going forward. Came close to stopping Dwyer on the winner but overdid his sliding challenge.

  • Corey Ashe
    2
    0
    3.00

    Corey Ashe

    Set up Weaver in the first half with a delightful cross that the striker squandered. Got into the attack well as Houston pushed for the equalizer.

  • Bobby Boswell
    1
    0
    1.50

    Bobby Boswell Flop of the Match

    Misplayed a touch to Sapong on Kansas City's equalizer, then lost Dwyer on the winner because of the slightest of hesitations. A tough night.

  • Brad Davis
    1
    2
    3.00

    Brad Davis

    Sprayed an exquisite ball to Driver, then picked out Garcia with a header to set up the opener. Made his presence known with slick passing in an unfamiliar central role.

  • Andrew Driver
    1
    0
    2.50

    Andrew Driver

    Found room to operate wide in the opening stages, beating Myers with pace in the buildup to the opener. Influence waned as the match went on.

  • Giles Barnes
    0
    1
    1.50

    Giles Barnes

    Struggled to make an impact on the ball, and his lazy giveaway sparked the sequence that ended in Sapong's equalizer.

  • B. García
    2
    0
    3.00

    B. García

    Collected Davis' header, evaded Sinovic's challenge with a deft fake and put his shot past Nielsen to open the scoring. Was otherwise solid but unspectacular.

  • Cam Weaver
    0
    3
    2.00

    Cam Weaver

    Did little filling in up top for the injured Will Bruin. Badly mishit an Ashe service in the first half despite having time to spare.

Substitutions

  • Servando Carrasco
    0
    2
    2.50

    Servando Carrasco

    Replaced Creavalle in the 75th minute, adding a more forward-thinking midfield presence.

  • Omar Cummings
    1
    0
    2.50

    Omar Cummings

    Entered for Driver with 20 minutes remaining but made little impact, as Houston's desperate long-ball approach didn't suit his style.

  • Jason Johnson
    1
    0

    Jason Johnson

    Came on for Weaver for the final eight minutes.

Results
 
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