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  • July 23, 2011
  • • 8:30 PM
  • • Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: C. Penso
  • • Attendance: 16382
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Sporting Kansas City 4-2 Toronto FC: Braces all around as KC extends TFC's winless run

Sporting Kansas City 4-2 Toronto FC: Braces all around as KC extends TFC's winless run

G. Newman Lowrance

New DPs Koevermans and Jefersen hit firsts - a goal and an assist respectively - in an exciting matchup in Kansas City.

Kansas City extended its unbeaten run to 12, tying a club record. No one besides Sporting has won at Sporting LIVESTRONG Park, so it was always an outside shot for Toronto FC, winless on the road in 2011, to do so.

In the third minute, Jimmy Nielsen somehow denied Danny Koevermans from point-blank range, with the bounce taking the ball over the net. Koevermans eventually got his first MLS goal, but not until the second half. Sporting was 3-0 up by then.

Kei Kamara hit a brace to kick things off. The first, an audacious leaping scissor kick after a corner wasn't cleared, made the second, a tidy header at the back post, look rudimentary. They all count the same. Omar Bravo's first was almost too easy. A threaded ball from fellow Designated Player Jeferson, making his MLS debut, meant all Bravo had to do was tap the ball past Stefan Frei and pass it into the back of the net.

In the second half Toronto, which had actually edged the opening quarter hour of the match, finally broke through. Ryan Johnson showed why TFC brass traded for his services with a series of impressive moves. First, he pinged a shot off Nielsen's face. Next he chipped to assist Koevermans' goal. Then, Johnson finished the night's scoring with his first goal in TFC red.

By then, of course, Omar Bravo had poked home a Chance Myers cross and the game was over as a contest.

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