Sporting Kansas City defeated the Columbus Crew in dramatic fashion, putting up a score of 2-1 in a match that saw two ejections. SKC goals game from C.J. Sapong in the 41st minute, and Benny Feilhaber’s game breaker in the 90th+3 minute. The lone goal for Columbus came from Federico Higuain in the 69th minute.
Scoring chances were scarce throughout the first half, with most of the battles for possession happening in the midfield. C.J. Sapong was the only consistent offensive threat for either side, with two fantastic scoring opportunities early on (one a header, the other a deflected shot attempt). He eventually scored the opening tally of the match, in the 41st minute with a header off a corner kick. The only other happenings during the half were the constant goalkeeping miscues by Columbus’ Steve Clark. He was making silly mistakes in his own area, holding on to the ball for too long and trying to handle the ball with his feet while Kansas City attackers were pressuring him. He and the Crew are lucky that nothing came of his numerous gaffes.
Early on the second half, disaster struck for SKC when defender Aurelien Collin was sent off. Collin and forward Adam Bedell both jumped up to win a ball in the air, and Collin’s elbow caught Bedell in the face. It wasn’t malicious or intentional, but for whatever reason, the referee gave Collin the red card. The departure of SKC’s best defender was felt almost immediately, as Columbus continuously pressured Kansas City, the visitors trying to hold on to their lead with a man down. However, they could only hold out for so long, as Chad Barson put a cross right into the penalty area, where a running Higuain came in with a header for the equalizer. SKC continued to hold the fort for the rest of the half, as Columbus sent wave after wave of attackers, trying to get the game-winner for the fans in attendance at Crew Stadium. But a sloppy challenge by Wil Trapp netted him his second yellow of the match, and his ejection made the sides equal once again with a few minutes remaining. The men in blue made the most of his critical error, and in the final minute of stoppage time, Feilhaber let loose an absolute cannon of a shot, that hit the crossbar and deflected down into the net, securing Sporting Kansas City their fourth road win in a row.