August 18, 2012
TFC can't hold off Sporting Kansas City
By KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency
TORONTO - A late Kei Kamara restart provided the game’s only goal to lift Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 win at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.
Following a foul just outside TFC’s area in the 84th minute, Kamara struck a laid off ball around Toronto FC’s wall that handcuffed Milos Kocic before bouncing into the side netting.
Carrying play through the first 15 minutes, the visitors had the first chance of the game when a clearing punch from Kocic sat up perfectly for Kansas City’s Paulo Nagamura from 30 metres. The Brazilian midfielder’s rising half-volley looked destined for the upper corner before it brushed the outside netting.
In the 34th minute, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi collected on the right side and spotted Teal Bunbury, who collected the U.S. international’s chipped in ball behind Toronto’s defence. All alone on goal, the Canadian-born attacker failed to slot home past Kocic, who went down to his left to push the attempt away from danger.
The Reds answered with a chance of their own just before halftime when a Torsten Frings corner somehow caromed off the crossbar. With the ball hanging up in the air, Terry Dunfield rose over a KC defender to head the ball again off the crossbar and over the goal.
Toronto nearly capitalized on another restart after the break when a free kick from Frings was cleared as far as Ryan Johnson at the corner of the box. The Jamaican’s one-timer back across goal was headed just wide by Eric Hassli at the back post.
In an otherwise positive TFC debut, Irish international Darren O’Dea nearly found his own net in the 64th minute when his sliding clearing attempt flew inches over the crossbar. It was O’Dea’s first start since arriving at BMO Field two weeks ago.
Generating all of its attempts throughout the match off dead balls, in the 71st minute another Frings restart connected with Johnson five metres from goal, but the Jamaican’s close-range attempt fly over the goal.
Toronto academy product Doneil Henry was replaced in the 36th minute after suffering an apparent leg injury.