Sporting KC keeps rolling, beats Timbers 2-1
C.J. Sapong and Aurelien Collin scored first-half goals and
Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to eight MLS
games Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Portland.
It was a predictable result of two teams heading in opposite
directions. Kansas City hasn’t lost a in eight MLS games and two
U.S. Open Cup ones since May 21, while the Timbers are winless in
their past six.
Portland coach John Spencer promoted forward Eddie Johnson and
defender Steve Purdy into the starting lineup. They replaced
forward Kenny Cooper – the team’s second highest-paid player – and
defender Jeremy Hall. Cooper and Hall had started the Timbers’
previous 15 games.
Portland’s offense was stagnant for the game’s first 40 minutes,
but perked up just before halftime. The Timbers produced a couple
of chances, one resulting in a goal seconds before halftime, when
Darlington Nagbe ripped a 20-yard shot past Kansas City goalie
Jimmy Nielsen to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Kansas City, which played a road-heavy MLS schedule early in the
season, will play 11 of its next 12 matches at home.