MLS Snapshot: Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Chicago Fire

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The game in 100 words (or less): The overwhelming feeling from Sporting KC’s 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire is that they were quite fortunate to overcome a lethargic second half, after dominating the first period and failing to convert a number of chances, and take all three points. Too many times Sporting have seen this particular tale play out at Sporting Park, only to leave with a point. Benny Feilhaber continued his dazzling form which surely warrants a U.S. national team call-up in the near future, but once again proved to be the only Sporting player to put together a quality 90-minute performance. Problems still exist for Sporting, but three points is three points, as they say.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Ellis’s header denied by the crossbar — Dom Dwyer missed a wide-open header from two yards out just moments before, which makes Kevin Ellis’s denial by crossbar in the 33rd minute all that much more agonizing. An inch or two lower and it caroms downward and over the line.

75′ — Nagamura the unlikely scorer with his head — Jalil Anibaba was also the unlikely crosser and creator of Sporting’s opening goal, delivering a dangerous ball into the penalty area that Paulo Nagamura, only into the game 10 minutes earlier, sent looping to the far post.

89′ — Accam sees red for an swipe at the face — David Accam endured a fairly frustrating game, considering the matchup he had and should have been able to exploit. Accam’s frustrations boiled over in the game’s final minutes, as the Ghanaian took a backhanded swipe at Anibaba and rightly saw red.

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Man of the match: Benny Feilhaber — He’s the best midfielder in MLS at the moment, and it might not even be close. He’s also the best American midfielder playing anywhere in the world right now. It really is time to call the man up.

LINEUPS

Sporting Kansas City: Melia, Sinovic (Dia 77′), Besler, Ellis, Anibaba, Mustivar (Peterson 85′), Espinoza (Nagamura 65′), Feilhaber, Nemeth, Dwyer, Zusi

Goals: Nagamura (75′)

Chicago Fire: Johnson, Jones, Larentowicz, Adailton, Gehrig (Palmer 85′), Polster, Accam, Ritter (Igboananike 77′), Shipp, Maloney, Guly (Amarikwa 72′)