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MLS Game Summary - Chicago at Kansas City



(Friday, Sept. 28, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Kansas City 2, Chicago 0

Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - A goal in each half from Graham Zusi propelled Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire at Livestrong Sporting Park on Friday, allowing the club to clinch a playoff berth.

The teams entered the contest separated by two points at the top of the Eastern Conference table, and Zusi struck the decisive blow early on before netting his second goal just before the final whistle to move Sporting five points clear of the second-place Fire and extend Kansas City's unbeaten run to nine games.

Chicago had won seven of its previous eight games but saw its run slowed by a defensively stout Sporting club.

Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen had a relatively quiet night in goal, and Chicago's best chance came five minutes into the match as Chris Rolfe missed the net from 12 yards with only Nielsen to beat.

The home side grabbed the lead in the 11th minute as Kei Kamara made his way down the right flank and delivered a low cross near the penalty spot for Zusi, who turned a first-time shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Kamara nearly found the net himself in the 36th when he got on the other end of a corner kick, but his powerful header was tipped onto the crossbar by Johnson, keeping the ball out.

Sporting had the better of the play in the second half and the lead never really seemed like it would be threatened as the Fire managed to put just one shot on target over the course of 90 minutes.

Zusi then capped the win with a goal on the break as he curled a shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

09/28 22:50:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
 
Final
PHI 9
ATL 2
Final
MIN 4
BOS 4
Final
HOU 3
DET 2
Final
NYY 0
TAM 3
Final
BOS 7
TOR 9
Final
MIA 8
WAS 0
Final
NYM 4
STL 5
Final
OAK 4
ANA 1
Final
KAN 4
LOS 4
Final
CIN 0
ARI 3
Final
SEA 4
CWS 12
Final
SFG 5
CLE 2
Final
CHC 11
MIL 7
Final
CWS 2
SDP 8
Final
COL 10
TEX 4
8th
BAL 3
PIT 3
 
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
 
Final
WAS 106
PHI 93
 
Final
ORL 91
SAN 103
 
4th
NYK 78
BRK 87
 
4th
BOS 83
IND 74
 
3rd
MIL 51
CHI 48
 
3rd
OKC 63
DAL 66
 
3rd
HOU 65
SAC 63
 
3rd
MIN 50
TOR 71
 
1st
UTA 14
DEN 14
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
NOP
2nd
LAMON 49
LOYC 45
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 2
TOR 3
 
2nd
PIT 1
PHI 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
COL