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Purple Reign: Saprissa 2-0 Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC are knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League following a 2-0 defeat in Costa Rica.

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Sporting KC succumbed to the Purple Monster in San Jose, Costa Rica, falling 2-0 to Saprissa in their final match of the 2014-2015 Champions League.

With the win, Saprissa advanced on the away goal rule, eliminating Sporting Kansas City from the competition.

Saprissa gained the lead in the 22nd minute when Eric Kronberg saved the original Saprissa shot but Heiner Mora was there to poke it home for the Purple Monster.

The first half got worse for Sporting Kansas City in the 38th minute when Benny Feilhaber had to be subbed out due to an injury. What looked like a rolled ankle took the midfielder out for the rest of the match as he was replaced by Soony Saad at the next stoppage in play.

Only a few minutes later and the away side were forced to make another substitution due to injury. Igor Juliao, who was already suspended for Sunday's league match with New York Red Bulls, had to come off and was replaced by Jacob Peterson in the 44th minute, giving Sporting KC only one second half substitute to work with. They would carry a 1-0 deficit into the half but, at that point, they would have been through with that scoreline.

Saprissa tied the aggregate series just as the second half was underway. Ariel Rodriguez was on the other end of a short cross in the box, tapping in the pass just in front of goal. While the series was tied 3-3, Saprissa's goal at Sporting Park gave them an advantage on the away goal rule.

Sporting KC would not even register their first shot on goal until the 66th minute, when Soony Saad was able to get a shot off. With Saprissa already having an advantage on the away goal rule, Sporting were having trouble getting shots off. Now that they were sitting back to protect their lead, Sporting would only get one more shot on goal off, a weak header from Jacob Peterson that was right into the arms of the keeper.

Saprissa would maintain their lead all the way through the final whistle, booking their ticket to the 2014-2015 Champions League Quarterfinals.

Sporting go into their last MLS Regular Season game Sunday against New York before playing in the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs.