Mar 23, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad (22) chases a ball against New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City Grab A Point In New England


Manager Peter Vermes talked before Sporting Kansas City’s match at New England about his team having more purpose going towards goal and while there weren’t a lot of chances for KC as Vermes may have hoped, New England had even fewer despite the patched together defense where Ike Opara got the start while Matt Besler is with the U.S. national team, and Mechack Jerome starts his second match for injured Chance Myers in front of Jimmy Nielsen.

Mar 23, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares (5) controls the ball against Sporting Kansas City forward Bobby Convey (left) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New England came out attacking and were able to earn several corners in the opening twenty minutes, with several causing Sporting KC trouble as the ball bounced around the box but in the end no shots were able to be released by New England.

Vermes would be happier later on when Sporting KC looked more threatening going forward, including a low free kick from Soony Saad that slid just wide of the goal and another curling shot from Claudio Bieler that ended up in Matt Reis’ arms for a save.

After a back and forth first half which saw the ball put in dangerous positions but very few shots for either team the teams went in with no goals between them.

The second half was set to be short of real quality as well when it started out choppy, with several fouls and stops in the first minutes out of the locker room.

After calls by New England for a handball on Opara’s clearance of an Andrew Farrell cross went uncalled, Sporting KC took back possession for the next few minutes getting perhaps the best chance of the match. Soony Saad found himself open on the left and sent a cross into the box where Bieler sent a difficult volley over the top of the goal.

It was nearly another twenty minutes before the next real attempt on goal came from either side when in the 77th minute the Revolution’s Juan Toja sent a scorching left footed shot just over the bar though it looked as though Sporting’s goalkeeper, Jimmy Nielsen, had it covered well.

Sporting KC began pushing more men forward in the last ten minutes looking for the victory. The last chance came in the 84th minute when a Sporting KC corner found Ike Opara’s head but it ended up flying just wide. After a two minutes of extra time the whistle blew on a consecutive 0-0 draw for Sporting KC.

The draw gives Kansas City a record of 1 win, 1 loss, and 2 draws on the season for 5 points.

 

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