Crew 2, Sporting Kansas City 1

Jairo Arietta scored two first-half goals in his MLS debut,

leading the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas

City on Saturday night.

Arietta, who joined the Crew (8-7-4) at midseason from Costa

Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, scored in the 17th and 34th minutes.

Columbus finished the match a man down after Cole Grossman was

issued a straight red card in second-half stoppage time for a hard

foul on Graham Zusi.

Sporting (11-7-4) could have moved back into the Eastern

Conference lead with a victory, but saw its home winless streak

extended to four matches since a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on

June 16.

Kei Kamara scored on a header off Graham Zusi’s free kick in the

8th minute, ending Kansas City’s goalless streak at home at 333

minutes, but Arietta equalized nine minutes later with a shot from

12 yards after a through ball from Josh Williams.

Zusi’s errant backpass led to Arietta’s second goal, as he

tracked down the ball and shot past Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen

from distance.

Andy Gruenebaum made five saves for the Crew, two of those to

deny Teal Bunbury on a breakaway in the 65th minute.