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Sporting KC’s marathon road trip ends with scoreless draw at TFC

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At long last, Sporting Kansas City is coming home to finally enjoy the comforts of its brand new home, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. 

It had one more MLS road match left to play in its 10-game season-opening road tour Saturday night, however, and earned a point in an anti-climactic scoreless draw against Toronto FC.

The matchup of two bottom-of-the-table sides was fairly evenly played. Possession was nearly equal as were chances and physical play, but in the end neither team was able to solve the other's backline and goalkeeper. 

TFC and SKC did, however, pick up a point each. Sporting (1-6-3) remains in last place with just six but has two straight draws after a five-game losing streak, and Toronto FC has three draws in its last four matches to move to 2-5-7 with 13 points.

Both teams were missing key players due to international and/or Gold Cup call-ups. TFC was without defender Dicoy Williams, giving seldom-used Nana Attakora a chance to play, and another starter, Julian De Guzman. SKC didn't have Roger Espinoza, Stephane Auvray, Shavar Thomas and Kei Kamara. 

SKC's Teal Bunbury, who chose the US national team over his native Canada, heard a few boos from the BMO Field faithful each time he touched the ball. His best chance to score came in the 64th minute when he cleared some space in the box off the dribble and had his shot saved by Stefan Frei.

In the 48th minute, SKC defender Matt Besler saved what could have been a goal with his tackle of TFC's Maicon Santos. 

Santos got another opportunity in the 67th minute, beating defender Chance Myers for a shot that Eric Kronberg saved. 

Graham Zusi tried a looping set piece toward the net in the 73rd minute that went over the goal. SKC kept up the attack against a Toronto FC defense that needed a much-improved performance after last weekend's 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Philadelphia, and got it. 

In the 84th minute, midfielder Ryan Smith headed one over the cross bar off a pass from Omar Bravo.

TFC had one last good opportunity, but Kronberg dived to catch a well-directed header from sub Doneil Henry in the third minute of extra time in the second half. 

Sporting Kansas City plays its first game in its new stadium this coming Thursday against the Chicago Fire, a match scheduled for ESPN2 at 10 p.m. EST.



  1. I think it was dumb decision. They could have played a couple games at Overland Park, Arrowhead or CommunityAmerica Ballpark. That sounds like hell.


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