Both the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City came into the match needing points. The Revolution were trying to climb into a playoff spot while Sporting KC was trying to stay in contention.
Former SKC forward Kei Kamara gave the home side a good start early in the first half when SKC’s backline failed to hold him offsides. Kamara received the ball and went in one-on-one with the keeper. Time Melia came out for the charging forward but Kamara was able to slide it past him near post to take the lead.
The Revolution had a great opportunity to double the lead in the 19th when Kamara slid the ball to Kelyn Rowe but Melia played the pass well and was able to stuff the shot attempt.
Sporting Kansas City subbed in Graham Zusi for Nuno Coelho to generate some offense and it paid off quickly for the visitors. Benny Feilhaber took a corner and Kevin Ellis was able to flick it down in the box. Dom Dwyer scored his sixteenth of the year by shuffling the ball in off of his knee in the 49th.
The Revolution grabbed the lead back in the 75th when Sporting KC put the ball into their own net. New England had bodies forward and the Sporting KC defense lost all of their marking. The ball fell to Lee Nguyen who blasted off the post and the rebound went behind Melia and off of Kevin Ellis into the goal.
Vermes brought in Diego Rubio for Feilhaber in the 82nd as a last ditch effort to generate some offence but the Revolution quickly put it further out of reach. New England added another in the 83rd when Kamara prevented a clearance and sliced the ball across the box to a sliding Juan Agudelo.
Sporting Kansas City will be watching games the this weekend to see how their position is affected before playing the final two games of the season. October 16th at Real Salt Lake and hosting San Jose on the 23rd.