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Sporting K.C. edges Crew, regains East lead

September 29, 2011

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— Sporting Kansas City retook the lead in the crowded MLS Eastern Conference race, beating the Columbus Crew, 2-1, Wednesday night on an own goal by defender Julius James.

Kei Kamara scored on a first-half penalty kick for Sporting (11-9-11), which broke a two-match winless streak. Kansas City has 44 points, two ahead of Houston and three ahead of the Crew.

Columbus (11-12-8) lost its third straight and is 0-5-1 in its last six matches.

The own goal came in the 74th minute, when James headed a Kansas City throw-in back and over keeper Will Hesmer.

Kamara put Kansas City up 1-0 in the 15th minute after Chad Marshall brought down C.J. Sapong in the penalty area.

Emilio Renteria equalized for the Crew in the 34th, scoring on an assist from Robbie Rogers.

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Shelley Bock 2 years, 6 months ago

At least one team in Kansas City plays football, Sporting.

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