Sporting KC spoils Paul Mariner's debut

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar scored in the first half to help Sporting Kansas City beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday night, spoiling the debut of new manager Paul Mariner.

Mariner, who had been Toronto's director of player development, took over last week when Aron Winter was fired after a 1-9-0 start.

Graham Zusi had his eighth assist for Sporting (9-3-1), moving him back into a share of the MLS lead with Dwayne De Rosario of D.C. United, and Jimmy Nielsen made three saves for his sixth shutout.

Sapong put Kansas City up 1-0 in the 18th minute, scoring from close range after a cross from Jacob Peterson, and Julio Cesar added an insurance goal in the 35th when he volleyed home Zusi's corner kick from the top right corner of the 6-yard box.