Sporting Kansas City Ends Winless Streak with 2-1 Victory over Orlando City

Sporting Kansas City snaps seven-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Orlando City at Children’s Mercy Park!

After a hard-fought loss against the Colorado Rapids this past week, Sporting Kansas City returned home to host the Orlando City for the first time.

They were able to snap their seven match winless streak in a 2-1 victory. Dom Dwyer and Jacob Peterson delivered the two goals of the evening.

First half.

From the start, there was no shortage of scoring opportunities. With a strong lineup, Sporting KC held strong possession during a very dynamic first half. Graham Zusi who was listed as “questionable” on the roster earlier yesterday, dominated the first 15 minutes, although his attempts could not convert. Sporting KC’s first goal attempt came in the second minute, with a cross by Jimmy Medranda to Dom Dwyer, but the ball fell to Zusi, who watched his shot reflected off the bar.

Moment’s later, Orlando’s Brek Shea shoots wide to Cyle Larin, missing an easy goal. It’s hard to say, if this close call gave Sporting KC another adrenaline rush, but they made their determination clear when in the 22nd minute, Nuno Coelho sets up Dwyer with the shot, however his shot went wide missing the goal by just an inch! Brad Davis then shot an attempt directly to the goal. However, it was caught by Joe Bendik.

Another attempt would come In the 42nd minute, when Dwyer sent a rocket shot straight into the goal but was later ruled as offsides. Just moments later, the boys would battle with Orlando City, but ultimately could not convert, resulting in a corner shot taken by Dwyer that was caught by Bendik, going into the half 0-0.

Second half.

Still maintaining strong possession, Sporting KC returned adding 10 more opportunities. The intensity Sporting displayed was nothing short of amazing. While creating chances, they also used a wide range of dynamic and diverse plays, some we have not seen for a while.

The first substitution came in the 44th minute, as Orlando substituted Brek Shea for Luke Boden. In the 67th minute, an own goal by Medranda would put Orlando ahead, after a “sloppy” mess of players from both sides fighting for the ball. Basically Besler tried to clear the ball and it hit Medranda and ended up in the net.

Shortly after the goal, Jacob Peterson replaced Brad Davis. Little would we know at that moment how important that substitution was.

With an assist from Peterson, Dwyer scored the equalizer in the 74th minute. Five minutes later, Peterson would put Sporting KC ahead 2-1. Talk about using the secret weapon. In 2015, Peterson only had one goal and two assists. He got two-thirds of that in just a few minutes on the pitch tonight.

The final substitution came as Paulo Nagamura replaced Roger Espinoza, making his 2016 debut during the second-half stoppage time.

For the remainder of stoppage time, Sporting KC continued to push forward-looking for a third goal. Orlando’s final opportunity came as Carlos Rivas’ side-volley went wide. With determination and great defense, Sporting KC ended their winless streak with 2-1 victory over Orlando City, earning their first win since April 9th.

“[At] the end of the day, we absolutely outworked them. We were a stronger team, physically, all the way to the last-minute of the game. Because of that, that’s why we deserved the result. And I think the effort is the number one reason why we were able to come out on top tonight,” Manager Peter Vermes said.

Next up, Sporting KC hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m. CT as a part of Heineken Rivalry Week in MLS.

Fast Facts

  • Dom Dwyer scored his 50th career goal.
  • Vermes earns his 100th career win.
  • Brad Davis recorded the 379th regular season MLS career appearance, moving into second place all-time among field players.
  • 76 straight sellouts at Children’s Mercy Park.

Do you think Sporting KC can keep up the momentum for the next two upcoming home matches? Let us know what you think!