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Revolting: New England Revolution 3-1 Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting KC loses their third straight as they give up three goals for the third time in a row.

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A decent first half was wiped away by another poor defensive second half as Sporting Kansas City fell 3-1 to the New England Revolution.

Soony Saad provided the goal for Sporting KC while Lee Nguyen's brace and Teal Bunbury's first half goal gave the Revolution the three points.

New England was controlling the midfield early but Sporting was still able to get some opportunities in there. One of those opportunities would result in a Sporting KC goal when Matt Besler had a long throw in. His throw was headed back by the Revs defense and knocked into the goal at the backpost by a charging Soony Saad. Saad's third goal of the year put Sporting KC up 1-0 in the eighth minute.

Sporting would hold on to that lead until the 45th minute when former Sporting KC man Teal Bunbury received a beautiful diagonal ball from Jermaine Jones and would use his abilities to get both himself and the ball behind Seth Sinovic at the corner of the box. He took a hard shot that took a deflection off of Besler and went into the bottom right corner for the goal. That 1-1 line would be the halftime score, as Sporting was looking better than they had the past two games going into the locker room.

It wouldn't be long in the second half, however, before the Revs took a lead in this match. Kelyn Rowe laid the ball off to Lee Nguyen at the top of the box in the 48th minute and Nguyen fired a shot over the head of Gruenebaum and into the net for the goal. It was his third goal in as many games and it would not get better for Sporting from there.

Sporting's defense would continue to deteriorate as the second half wore on, giving up a couple more opportunities to the Revolution but never allowing them to put the final nail in the coffin. That is, until the 94th minute when a poor clearance led to Lee Nguyen getting the ball inside the box with a wide open shot that he calmly finished for his second of the night. This would be the death bell for Sporting's chances of getting out with a result, finishing with a 3-1 defeat to the Revolution.

Sporting is back this weekend, traveling shortly to play the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, where they will look to stop the skid and get their defense back on track, which they will need to do as they face Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry.