Sporting Kansas City made it seven straight wins to begin the 2012 season with a 3-1 road victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Only the 1996 LA Galaxy have started a MLS season better.
Aurlien Collin started things off in the first half. The ball pinged menacingly around the Whitecaps box and Collin, at full stretch, directed it on goal.
The Frenchman made a nuisance of himself on set pieces. Early in the second half he lunged at a long throw. Though he missed, Collin did enough to throw off Martin Bonjour, who accidentally shouldered the ball past his own goalkeeper.
Kei Kamara made it three just after the hour mark. The Sierra Leone striker won the ball in midfield and siphoned it wide to Chance Myers. Kamara continued his run and met the ensuing cross at the near post, where he flicked delicately past the diving Joe Cannon.
In all, Sporting scored three goals from two shots on target. Vancouver rattled 19 shots off (seven on frame), held the majority of possession and passed the ball nearly 100 times more than the visitors, but still lost.
Last year in this matchup Kansas City coughed up a three-goal lead. No such luck this time around, with Jimmy Nielsen limber and zoned in. The Dane pulled off several impressive blocks, including a near own goal by Seth Sinovic, making seven saves in total. Of course, Sebastien Le Toux scored a consolation in the 79th minute, cleaning up after Camilo hit the crossbar with a header, to ruin the clean sheet.
Despite heavy pressure late, it ended 3-1.
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