Sporting Kansas City 2, Toronto FC 0

C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar scored in the first half to help

Sporting Kansas City beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday night,

spoiling the debut of new manager Paul Mariner.

Mariner, who had been Toronto’s director of player development,

took over last week when Aron Winter was fired after a 1-9-0


Graham Zusi had his eighth assist for Sporting (9-3-1), moving

him back into a share of the MLS lead with Dwayne De Rosario of

D.C. United, and Jimmy Nielsen made three saves for his sixth


Sapong put Kansas City up 1-0 in the 18th minute, scoring from

close range after a cross from Jacob Peterson, and Julio Cesar

added an insurance goal in the 35th when he volleyed home Zusi’s

corner kick from the top right corner of the 6-yard box.