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Sporting KC returns to form, defeats Portland 3-1

Joe Preiner

**Full time** There you have it. Sporting Kansas City returns to its winning ways in front of the home crowd, beating the Portland Timbers, 3-1. Graham Zusi was the easy choice for man of the match with his two goals. Newcomer Saad netting his first goal in MLS to round ...

Quick Critique: Streak ends in crushing fashion for Sporting KC

Joe Preiner

It had to end sooner or later. Very few teams go undefeated at home the entire season in professional sports. Saturday night saw Sporting KC fall at home for the first time this season against the Seattle Sounders, 2-1. Sporting led for most of the game before a questionable ejection ...

Sporting KC extends streak with more late-game heroics

Joe Preiner

After a few weeks away for family weddings and other business, the stoppage time blog is back. And there's plenty to catch up on. Player acquisitions, player injuries and an [impressive league streak][1] have all been part of the club news the last two weeks. Let's start with the good. ...

Quick Critique: Never quit attitude keeps Sporting KC streak alive

Joe Preiner

There is no quit in Sporting Kansas City. There was no quit in the team when it embarked on a 10-game road trip to open the 2011 MLS season. There was no quit in the team when it lost and tied games by conceding last minute goals. There was no ...

Defense dominant in Sporting KC's unbeaten run; Chivas USA up next

Joe Preiner

"It's really fun and special what we've got going right now and it never gets old." That's how Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi described the team's season after Wednesday night's draw against the Colorado Rapids. The tie did a number of things for Sporting aside from continuing an unbeaten ...

Quick Critique: Sporting KC vs. Colorado

Joe Preiner

Sporting Kansas City continues to accumulate points in the league, stretching its unbeaten streak to 11 games overall after a 1-1 draw against Colorado Wednesday. The tie came after an inspired 2-1 victory on the road against the Portland Timbers during the holiday weekend. I was in Arkansas or I ...

Sports hernia surgery, Women's World Cup and some U.S. vs. Mexico musings

Joe Preiner

The results just keep on coming for Sporting KC. After its brutal 10-game road trip at the beginning of the 2011 MLS season, the team has gone unbeaten in seven league games since opening LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Seven games without a loss is impressive, but Sporting Kansas City has also ...

Keeper key in Sporting KC draw at Philadelphia

Joe Preiner

Jimmy Nielsen was all-star quality in Sporting Kansas City's midweek contest against conference power Philadelphia Union. Recording seven saves on seven shots on target, Nielsen single or double-handedly earned the team a precious point on the road (he also had a kick save). While the back line was decent, the ...

Sporting KC to clash with Philadelphia Union; U.S. National, U-17 teams in action

Joe Preiner

Sporting Kansas City's sudden run of good form will be tested Wednesday night when the team travels to take on the Philadelphia Union, one of the conference's top teams. The team heads into the midweek contest following the unfortunate news that midfielder Ryan Smith will not be available the remainder ...

Quick Critique: Sporting KC vs. San Jose

Joe Preiner

Sporting Kansas City recorded its first goal and first victory in newly opened LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Friday evening. The game itself was not very pretty. There was little flow and possession between Sporting and San Jose flip flopped constantly. The defining moment of Sporting KC's 1-0 victory was, of course, ...

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