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March 25, 2012 7:10 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ A. Okujala‎
Attendance:‬ 15161‎
 
88′ Kei Kamara
 

Sporting Kansas City 2-1 FC Dallas: Late Kei Kamara goal keeps Sporting's perfect start intact

FCD nearly held on for a road point, but Kamara popped up with just three minutes remaining to seal the win.

By Seth Vertelney

Kei Kamara, Andrew Jacobson, Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas, MLS
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Sporting Kansas City improved to 3-0-0 on the young 2012 season after a 2-1 win over FC Dallas at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Kei Kamara's late goal sent the visitors to their first loss of the season.

FC Dallas took the lead 25 minutes in off a stellar free kick from Ricardo Villar. From just outside the area, Villar curled a shot over the wall that Jimmy Nielsen simply admired on its way into the far corner.

Just when it looked like FC Dallas would enter the halftime break with a lead, Aurelien Collin equalized with a header off a Graham Zusi free kick. The Frenchman got behind the FCD defense and timed his jump perfectly in front of Kevin Hartman to nod home deep into first-half injury time.

Only five minutes into the second half, the home side had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Ugo Ihemelu felled Chance Myers in the box. However, on the ensuing penalty kick, Kevin Hartman came up with a truly outstanding save, diving at full stretch to his right to deny Kei Kamara.

FC Dallas was looking likely to snatch a road point, but just three minutes from time, Sporting KC found a winner.

Zusi sprung Myers down the right flank with an excellent ball and Myers centered for the hard-charging Kamara, who made up for his penalty miss by sliding a shot past Kevin Hartman, and sent the home crowd into raptures.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
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5
Matt Besler
Defender
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7
Chance Myers
Defender
36′
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78
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15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
91′
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Julio César
Defender
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-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
89′
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17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
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Kei Kamara
Striker
88′
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FC Dallas

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Kevin Hartman
Goalkeeper
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Ugo Ihemelu
Defender
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5
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H. Pertúz
Defender
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17
Zach Loyd
Defender
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14
George John
Defender
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-
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4
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10
Ricardo Villar
Midfielder
26′ 46′
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B. Leyva
Midfielder
70′
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7
B. Pérez
Striker

Substitutes

21
Jon Kempin
Goalkeeper
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5
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
91′
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
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32
Luke Sassano
Midfielder
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14
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37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
89′
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Substitutes

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18
Chris Seitz
Goalkeeper
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24
Matt Hedges
Defender
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-
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Bruno Guarda
Midfielder
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16
Bobby Warshaw
Midfielder
46′ 90′
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L. Perea
Striker
90′
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32

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Coach/Manager

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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
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Sporting KC
4 1