Sporting Kansas City defeated the New England Revolution in the 100th match across all competitions at Sporting Park. Goals from Dwyer and Feilhaber along with a brace from Nemeth ended the Revs' unbeaten streak.
New England didn’t go down without a fight. They started the scoring with a goal in the 11th minute. Juan Agudelo beat centerback Kevin Ellis, and the forward chipped it over Tim Melia to score.
"I don’t think we executed what we wanted to do early on in the game," Melia said. "To be honest, when they scored, I don’t think it woke us up but engaged us a little more mentally. It got us to push on, to go into our game and our plan. I thought that after that we started to do what we had to do."
Sporting KC definitely executed their high pressure style after the first goal. Seven minutes later, Dom Dwyer had a spectacular opportunity off of a pass from Benny Feilhaber. Jacob Peterson drew goalkeeper Brad Knighton off his line before sending it to Feilhaber, but defender Jose Goncalves was able to preserve the lead.
Not for long. In the 29th minute, Krisztian Nemeth sent a long ball in toward Dwyer. The forward had a spectacular first touch to settle the ball, before turning and burying the equalizer.
Kansas City would score twice more in the first half. In the 37th minute, the team earned a free kick on the left side of the field, about 20 yards out from goal. Feilhaber took the kick, and Nemeth headed it in to give Kansas City the lead
In the 43rd, Jose Goncalves was called for a foul on Dom Dwyer in the box. A penalty kick was given, despite the foul being minor, at best. Regardless, Feilhaber notched his third of the season when he sent it down the middle as Knighton dived left.
Sporting KC’s last goal came right after the second half began. Nemeth got out in front of the Revolution defense on a brilliant pass in from Jacob Peterson. He was able to slot it back to put him ahead in the goalscoring race with five on the season.
New England scored first, but they also scored last. Davies streaked up the left hand side and slotted it to Caldwell, who was unmarked and made his second goal of the season
This match showed just how good Sporting KC’s attack has gotten since the season began. It’s unusual to be worrying about defense instead of offense for this team, but new acquisitions have created an attacking spark.
"There’s a lot of guys playing at a really high level," said midfielder Benny Feilhaber. "I feel pretty good with how this season has gone for myself. Dom is starting to score a lot more goals, Kristian is getting his goals. Being a guy who is here for the first time, regardless of how good you are, it takes awhile to gel. I need to be able to read his runs, he needs to be able to read Dom’s runs, and so those things are falling into place now. Once you start gelling and reading each other without really having to take that extra one-two seconds to figure out where they are it makes the game a lot easier and smoother. I think that’s definitely something that’s not only been getting better but will continue to throughout the year."
Three rookies also finished this match on the field – Soni Mustivar, Connor Hallisey, and Saad Abdul-Salaam. Coach Peter Vermes praised their performance, citing their high level of training to prepare them for games like these.
Sporting KC travels to Washington to take on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. That match kicks off at 9 P.M. C.T. and can be viewed on SKC TV or MLS LIVE.