Sporting Kansas City earned their first win of preseason with a 3-0 defeat of the New York Red Bulls. Sporting KC now has a win and a draw in the prestigious Desert Diamond Cup.
Manager Peter Vermes started the same group as the last match and ran them out for 60 minutes before bringing in the next group. The Red Bulls did not bring their first team, their starters are focused on the CCL match with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
For Sporting KC, the focus seems to be to continue building the familiarity between the new players and the returning core on what looks to be the starting lineup. A combination of weather and the Red Bulls reserves and trialists looking to make an impression made it a little less smooth than the previous match.
Both Latif Blessing and Graham Zusi had opportunities they could not put in the net but when a penalty was called Dom Dwyer did not waste it.
Dwyer was brought down by New York’s keeper and he quickly picked the ball up to claim the penalty. Dwyer’s shot went off the inside of the post and rebounded into the far side net to put Sporting KC up 1-0.
In the 61st minute all eleven players were switched out for SKC and the immediate boost of energy started putting the Red Bull’s on the back foot.
Sporting KC took the lead in the 82nd minute when Daniel Salloi slid a ball across the box toward Jimmy Medranda who let it run between his legs to Cameron Porter on the far side who took a touch towards the endline. While it looked like Porter may have taken himself out of shooting position he was able to blast it from the incredible angle over the keeper.
In the 86th minute Medranda took a corner the keeper was unable to handle and Salloi was there to head it home to make the lead 3-0.
Soony Saad nearly added another one when he took a free kick from just outside the corner of the box. Saad’s shot curled and dipped towards the far corner and just deflected away near the top of the post.
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia (Adrian Zendejas 61); Graham Zusi (Saad Abdul-Salaam 61), Ike Opara (Kevin Ellis 61), Matt Besler (Amer Didic 61), Seth Sinovic (Tyler Pasher 61); Benny Feilhaber (Benji Joya 61), Ilie Sanchez (Soni Mustivar 61), Roger Espinoza (Jimmy Medranda 61); Gerso Fernandes (Christian Volesky 61), Dom Dwyer (Soony Saad 61) Latif Blessing (Daniel Salloi 61)
SKC – Dom Dwyer 1 (penalty kick) 31
SKC – Cameron Porter 1 (Daniel Salloi 1) 82
SKC – Daniel Salloi 1 (unassisted) 87