Bravo, Cesar lift Sporting KC past Vancouver
Sporting Kansas City remained unbeaten at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park with a 2-1 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday night.
The club's unbeaten streak reached seven straight matches.
Omar Bravo converted a penalty kick in the 33rd minute and then provided the game-winning assist on Julio Cesar’s goal in the 40th minute as Sporting Kansas City jumped into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting has surged up the conference standings since it found itself in last place — ninth — after a season-opening 10-game road swing before opening LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Sporting Kansas City, playing in front of a third straight sell-out, nearly opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Milos Stojcev combined with defender Chance Myers on a crafty give-and-go. Myers crossed for striker C.J. Sapong inside the penalty area, and the rookie fired from six yards out but Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Joe Cannon made a strong save from close range.
It was the visitors who struck first though, as the Whitecaps FC capitalized on a free kick from midfielder Davide Chiumiento in the 15th minute. The Swiss international sent the ball into the penalty area and Camilo was there to loft a header inside the far post for his fifth goal of the season.
Sporting Kansas City responded with a pair of shots from midfielder Graham Zusi leading up to the equalizer in the 33rd minute. Bravo was key in the breakthrough, earning Sporting Kansas City’s second penalty kick of 2011 after being taken down by Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Jay DeMerit, who was cautioned for the infraction. Bravo stepped to the spot to convert the penalty kick past Cannon for his third goal of the season and first since his two-goal performance on his debut in the season opener.
Sporting Kansas City took a 2-1 lead that it would not relinquish on a corner kickdelivered by Zusi to Bravo at the back post.
Sporting Kansas City is now 4-6-5. It returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against the Chicago Fire PDL in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.