Sporting Kansas City has now lost four games in a row, an unfamiliar trend for fans of the team. Those fans may be a little optimistic after tonight's match, as the boys in blue did show signs of their former selves and Dom Dwyer tied the Sporting KC single season scoring record put in place by Preki eighteen years ago. However, zero points is still zero points, and all in all, this night cannot be considered a positive for the team.
The action started in the tenth minute, when Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips was taken down by Besler. The challenge was a contentious call from the referee, with some calling for a red card (denial of a goal-scoring opportunity) and others claiming the challenge took place outside of the box. Nonetheless, the New York Red Bulls were awarded and penalty kick, and Wright-Phillips slotted it into the bottom left corner, just under a diving Andy Gruenebaum.
It was only five minutes later that Wright-Phillips had another chance, after a botched header from Matt Besler. The header was supposed to reach fellow center back Aurelien Collin, but Wright-Phillips was able to intercept the ball. His ensuing shot rolled out wide to the right.
Dom Dwyer's first shot of the night came on a breakaway out of the midfield. A pass from Benny Feilhaber sent Dwyer streaking past the defense, but his powerful shot sailed over the bar. Sporting KC had two more great chances at the end of the first half. First, Benny Feilhaber sent in a long distance shot, but goalkeeper Luis Robles punched it away. Then, Dwyer's point blank follow up was blocked by a fantastic kick save from defender Chris Duvall.
After halftime, another contentious foul was called. Ibrahim Sekagya was whistled for a high foot on Dwyer. Sekagya was shown a yellow, but an argument could be made for red, as the high foot chopped Dwyer in the stomach while the ball sat on the ground.
New York's second goal came in the 52nd minute. Lloyd Sam was able to draw the majority of Sporting KC's defense to the left, but then crossed the ball to Thierry Henry who found space on the right and was able to score. It wasn't long until Sporting KC retaliated. A free kick from Graham Zusi curled in toward the far post, but a header from Seth Sinovic put it at Dwyer's feet. His left footed shot sailed past Luis Robles and while it didn't win the game, it did tie a long held record. Preki set Sporting KC's single season scoring record at eighteen in 1996. Now, Dwyer has tied that record, but with six games left, it is likely he will surpass it. Dwyer also moves within four goals of winning the golden boot.
Sporting KC looks to snap their winning streak next Friday, when they travel to LA to take on Chivas USA.