Sporting Kansas City escapes RFK with three points Saturday night as the score a last minute goal to defeat DC United 1-0.
DC United opened up the 2012 season with a less than stellar performance as they were flat all game long. Bad passes from defenders that turned in to scoring opportunities for Sporting KC, bad passes in the attack and bad finishing in their limited opportunities lead to DC United’s demise. Although the first half was more of even game for both teams Sporting KC took control of the second half and little by little broke down the United defense until the 93rd minute when the rookie of the year from 2011, C.J. Sapong scored on header off of a corner to silent the 16,314 United supporters at RFK.
With little opportunities for both teams in the first 30 minutes of the first half United and Sporting KC showed their first game of the season rust. But KC was able to get the first quality chance on goal when Kei Kamara sent a shot whistling past Hamid’s right post. In the 39th minute Chris Pontius answers back for DC with a low driven shot that was inches wide of the left post. In what could be called a lucky save Hamid made a great play with his foot as he was diving in the opposite direction on a great header by Kamara to preserve the 0-0 tie in to halftime.
In the second half the game was little more wide open with more scoring chances for both teams but it was Kansas City who forced Hamid to make some nice saves to try and keep a blank score sheet. DC United tried to put a spark in their attack bringing on their three subs midway through the second half. Those subs were Josh Wolff, Danny Cruz and Maicon Santos. DC United had some opportunities on counter attacks but lack of quality passes and finishing seemed to be a theme of the night for DC.
DC United gets a chance to earn their first points of the season next Sunday as they travel to Los Angelesto face the Galaxy at 4pm. United’s next home game will be Friday March 30th when they host F.C. Dallas.