Sporting KC came away with all three points in the first match of a 'home-and-home' with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Jacob Peterson and Benny Feilhaber supplied the goals to give KC the 2-0 win.
A quarter of an hour into the match, play really started to open up. Sporting KC began a barrage of corner kicks and huge chances. The best of which came in the 19' minute after Graham Zusi found Brad Davis with a short corner kick. Davis had acres of space so he took a touch before curling in a rocket off the crossbar. The frame of the goal, and the Vancouver defense, were left shaking where they stood.
The home side continued to find themselves in dangerous spots and controlled much of the possession throughout the half. But it took until the 39' minute for the breakthrough. Sporting KC won yet another corner kick and Benny made the trot to the touch line once again. He played a beautiful low ball directly to the PK spot. Nuno Coelho turned in a difficult volley on frame and Jacob Peterson was there to apply the final touch passed Ousted.
After the break, the visitors came out eager to level the match. Alec Kann, filling in for an injured Melia, made two huge saves in the opening ten minutes to preserve the lead. In the 50' minute Giles Barnes turned a header on frame and Kann made a quick reaction save to palm it over the bar. Then just minutes later he denied Waston on a header from point blank range.
But Sporting KC was not content with the one-goal lead. Vermes was still throwing guys forward and in the 62' minute Jimmy Medranda took the ball down the wing. He beat his man with a flashy move and pushed the ball over to Jacob Peterson. The Answer took the ball into the box and was taken out for a stonewall penalty. Feilhaber stepped up to take the PK, a challenge he has never once failed in a Sporting KC uniform. Ousted guessed the right way and swallowed up the shot, but the assistant referee deemed that the 'Caps keeper had jumped too far off his line. Benny was allowed to re-take the shot and on his second attempt he would keep his perfect PK record in tact. Feilhaber's 6th goal on the season gave SKC the 2-0 lead.
Sporting KC was relentless after doubling the lead. Ousted was putting in overtime dealing with crosses into his six yard box and curling shots from distance until the final whistle.
The win moves SKC's record to 11-11-5 which is good for 4th place in the Western Conference.. at the moment. KC has still played more matches than most of the teams surrounding them in the standings. Next up the boys head to Vancouver to face the 'Caps - again - on Tuesday night in CONCACAF Champion's League group play.