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September 1, 2012 8:38 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
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Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Toronto FC: Hall blunder gifts comeback win

A sluggish-looking Sporting KC bounced back in the second half to beat Toronto FC at home in Saturday MLS action.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Julio Cesar, Sporting Kansas City; Aaron Maund, Toronto FC; MLS
Kyle Rivas
Freddy Hall carried on from a CONCACAF Champions League nod to usurp the starting goalkeeper role from Milos Kocic in MLS play against Sporting Kansas City. It backfired. The Bermudian gave up a soft late goal to let SKC seal a comeback win over Toronto FC in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Saturday.

The opening goal arrived via route one soccer. Richard Eckersley dumped the ball forward and second-year defender Lawrence Olum kept Ryan Johnson onside. Johnson had ample time to trap, aim and finish.

The equalizer came from a set piece. Graham Zusi dumped a cross into the box, and the TFC defense cleared. At the top of the box, Paulo Nagamura attempted a one-time volley which hit the grass and looped over goalkeeper Freddy Hall.

With the clock ticking toward full time, Kansas City completed the comeback. After dinking the ball around the field in a smooth team move, Chance Meyers stood the ball up for former Barcelona youth midfielder Oriol Rosell to prod towards goal. Hall spilled what looked like an easy catch into his own net, and SKC claimed three points.

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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
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15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
61′
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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Julio César
Defender
77′
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17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
86′
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Kei Kamara
Striker
10′
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Toronto FC

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Logan Emory
Defender
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4
Aaron Maund
Defender
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25
Jeremy Hall
Midfielder
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2
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48
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12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
60′
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24
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-
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32

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
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5
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-
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19
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20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
77′ 88′
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Michael Thomas
Midfielder
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14
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Substitutes

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
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Adrian Cann
Defender
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-
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15
Eric Avila
Midfielder
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