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Played
June 29, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 19274‎
 
 
M. Pappa 58′

Sporting Kansas City 0-1 Chicago Fire: Fire torch host on hot summer day

The Fire turned up the heat in sweltering Kansas City, claiming a 1-0 away win on Friday night's lone MLS matchup.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Marco Pappa, Chicago Fire; Seth Sinovic, Sporting Kansas City; MLS
Ed Zurga
Chicago burned Sporting Kansas City on the counter for a 1-0 road win in the triple-degree heat of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Sebastian Grazzini, whose contract option was exercised this week, remained in Illinois since he hasn't trained consistently this week. His replacements in attack were effective enough without him, the one goal holding up thanks to Sean Johnson sweating out 27 Sporting KC shots (five on target).

Nearly an hour into the match, a Sporting cross into the Chicago box was booted upfield. Marco Pappa picked up the clearance and ran half the length of the field before feeding Chris Rolfe in the opposite box. Rolfe one-touched a pass back to Pappa, who tucked the ball past Jimmy Nielsen.

Chicago hasn't dropped any points from a leading position this season, and this game was no anomaly.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
86′
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
19′
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
 - 
78
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
-
Julio César
Defender
82′
 - 
10
Teal Bunbury
Striker
 - 
17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
72′
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Striker
 - 

Chicago Fire

 - 
25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Dan Gargan
Defender
 - 
4
 - 
4
 - 
3
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
 - 
-
Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
82′
 - 
-
M. Pappa
Midfielder
58′ 64′
 - 
-

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
19′
 - 
19
 - 
-
Michael Thomas
Midfielder
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
72′
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Jay Nolly
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
11
 - 
19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
 - 
8
R. Robayo
Midfielder
82′
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
64′
 - 
15

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
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  • 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
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2