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Played
April 18, 2012 10:10 PM EDT
BC Place Stadium — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 15382‎
 
 
Martin Bonjour 52′ (OG)
 
Kei Kamara 66′

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Sporting Kansas City: KC continues impressive winning streak

Sporting KC conceded its second goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Vancouver, which has now let in six in the past two matches.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Camilo Sanvezzo, Vancouver Whitecaps; Chance Myers, Sporting Kansas City; MLS
Rich Lam
Sporting Kansas City made it seven straight wins to begin the 2012 season with a 3-1 road victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Only the 1996 LA Galaxy have started a MLS season better.

Aurlien Collin started things off in the first half. The ball pinged menacingly around the Whitecaps box and Collin, at full stretch, directed it on goal.

The Frenchman made a nuisance of himself on set pieces. Early in the second half he lunged at a long throw. Though he missed, Collin did enough to throw off Martin Bonjour, who accidentally shouldered the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Kei Kamara made it three just after the hour mark. The Sierra Leone striker won the ball in midfield and siphoned it wide to Chance Myers. Kamara continued his run and met the ensuing cross at the near post, where he flicked delicately past the diving Joe Cannon.

In all, Sporting scored three goals from two shots on target. Vancouver rattled 19 shots off (seven on frame), held the majority of possession and passed the ball nearly 100 times more than the visitors, but still lost.

Last year in this matchup Kansas City coughed up a three-goal lead. No such luck this time around, with Jimmy Nielsen limber and zoned in. The Dane pulled off several impressive blocks, including a near own goal by Seth Sinovic, making seven saves in total. Of course, Sebastien Le Toux scored a consolation in the 79th minute, cleaning up after Camilo hit the crossbar with a header, to ruin the clean sheet.

Despite heavy pressure late, it ended 3-1.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Joe Cannon
Goalkeeper
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2
Jordan Harvey
Defender
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6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
68′
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12
Young-Pyo Lee
Defender
 - 
15
Martin Bonjour
Defender
52′ 87′
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23
Atiba Harris
Striker
79′
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11
John Thorrington
Midfielder
60′
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Davide Chiumiento
Midfielder
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28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
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11
Sebastien Le Toux
Midfielder
80′
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29
Eric Hassli
Striker
6′
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Sporting Kansas City

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1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
80′
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5
Matt Besler
Defender
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7
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15
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78
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
38′ 77′
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
53′
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17
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Kei Kamara
Striker
66′

Substitutes

18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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-
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29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
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Jun Davidson
Midfielder
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17
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23
Long Tan
Striker
87′
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Substitutes

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21
Jon Kempin
Goalkeeper
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5
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
77′
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32
Luke Sassano
Midfielder
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10
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22
Soony Saad
Striker
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37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
53′

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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