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September 28, 2012 8:50 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 21010‎
 
11′ Graham Zusi
 
90+5′ Graham Zusi
 

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Chicago Fire: KC seals playoff berth

Sporting punched its ticket to the 2012 postseason with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Graham Zusi, Kei Kamara, Sporting Kansas City, MLS
Ed Zurga
Sporting Kansas City secured a playoff spot with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Friday.

Kei Kamara, featuring a bleach-blond beard, turned Gonzalo Segares and surged down the flank. With C.J. Sapong making a run at the heart of the Fire defense, Graham Zusi pulled back to connect with the cross and smash home.

That goal held up through most of the match. Then, with fulltime approaching, both coach Frank Klopas and Segares were ejected for the visiting Fire. In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Zusi added his second, sealing the result.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
70′
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
11′ 95′
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Julio César
Defender
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Striker
 - 

Chicago Fire

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25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
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4
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13
 - 
4
 - 
3
 - 
20
Á. Fernández
Midfielder
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
80′
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
61′
 - 
15
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
71′
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-

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
78
 - 
19
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Dan Gargan
Defender
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
9
G. Franco
Striker
71′

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
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  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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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