Kamara scores twice, lifts Sporting KC past CrewSporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara is tripped up by Columbus Crew's Tyson Wahl, rear, during an MLS soccer game Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Andy Lundberg)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Kei Kamara scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 80th minute, to lead Sporting Kansas City to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
Claudio Bieler also scored and had the assist on Kamara's second goal for Sporting (7-5-5), which snapped a four-match winless streak and moved into a second-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.
Jairo Arietta and Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus (5-7-5), which has lost three of its last four.
Sporting led 1-0 at the half on Kamara's 34th-minute goal, but a wild flurry in the first eight minutes of the second half saw Columbus tie the score at 2-all.
Arietta scored in the 40th minute to make it 1-1, Bieler put Sporting back up 2-1 in the 50th, and Oduro answered in the 53rd for the Crew after a bad back pass from Sporting defender Seth Sinovic.
Kamara's game-winning goal came after Kevin Ellis - who made his MLS debut for Sporting - sent a long ball into the penalty area. The ball deflected to Bieler, who headed it to Sapong for the close-range shot.