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May 27, 2012 4:52 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 19974‎
 
39′ Kei Kamara
 

Sporting Kansas City 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes: Kei Kamara helps Sporting end four-match winless streak

Kamara had a goal and an assist in the first half, which ultimately was enough for Sporting to secure the victory.

By Seth Vertelney

C.J. Sapong, Sporting Kansas City
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Sporting Kansas City snapped a four-match winless streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Livestrong Sporting Park. C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara gave the home side an early lead before Simon Dawkins pulled a goal back in the second half.

Sporting KC got off to a flying start in the fifth minute. Kei Kamara floated an inch-perfect cross to the back post, where Sapong made no mistake, sliding a volley past Jon Busch for a 1-0 lead.

The home side continued to dominate most of the play and doubled its lead in the 39th minute. Michael Harrington received a ball on the left flank, cut to his right, and served a ball that Kamara rose and headed home from close range.

With 20 minutes left, San Jose pulled a goal back, thanks to a great individual effort by Dawkins. The midfielder collected the ball and was given space to curl a sidefooted shot into the far corner of the net.

With the victory, Sporting KC moves to within two points of Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, which has also played three more games than Sporting. San Jose remains two points back of Real Salt Lake at the top of the West.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
93′
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
24′
 - 
78
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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Julio César
Defender
74′
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10
Teal Bunbury
Striker
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17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
5′
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Kei Kamara
Striker
39′
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San Jose Earthquakes

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18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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2
 - 
21
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33
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-
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Rafael Baca
Midfielder
65′
 - 
81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
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5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
71′
 - 
9
 - 
24
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-

Substitutes

21
Jon Kempin
Goalkeeper
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5
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
92′
 - 
19
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14
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

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1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
65′
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
 - 
-
T. Moreno
Striker
71′
 - 
-
Jean Alexandre
Midfielder
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C. Pizarro
Striker
62′
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10

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