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Bravo! Sporting K.C. edges Whitecaps, 2-1

June 26, 2011

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— Omar Bravo scored his first goal since mid-March and also had his first Major League Soccer assist, helping Sporting Kansas City run its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-1 comeback victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Julio Cesar scored the winner, his first MLS goal, in the 40th minute. Sporting (4-6-5) has won three of its last four and is 2-0-1 in its new home, the $200 million Livestrong Sporting Park.

Bravo, Kansas City’s high-profile Mexican forward, hadn’t scored since recording two goals in Sporting’s season opener, a 3-2 victory over Chivas USA on March 19.

The expansion Whitecaps (2-7-8) are winless in eight games outside Canada.

Brazilian midfielder Camilo opened the scoring for Vancouver in the 15th minute with a header from the middle of the penalty area, but Bravo tied it with a penalty kick in the 33rd after being fouled near the goal by Jay DeMerit. Seven minutes later, Bravo sent a looping header to the foot of Julio Cesar, who slid at the edge of the 6-yard box and hooked the ball past keeper Joe Cannon for the winner.

Camilo’s goal, the first scored by an opponent at Livestrong Sporting Park, broke a string of two shutouts by Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen but was only the second goal given up by Kansas City in its last six matches.

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