Sporting KC Beats CD Olimpia 2-0, Grabs First Place In CCL Group 2

By: Sporting KC PR (Posted By J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Sporting KC PR (Posted By J.B. Bauersfeld)

Sporting KC grabs sole possession of first place in CCL Group 2 with a 2-0 win over CD Olimpia

Soony Saad scores twice as Sporting KC remains unbeaten in tournament

Tegucigalpa | Honduras
Weather: 75 degrees and rain
Attendance: 2,817
Video: Match Highlights

Score 1 2 F
Sporting Kansas City 1 1 2
CD Olimpia
0 0 0

Sporting Kansas City: Eric Kronberg (c); Seth Sinovic, Ike Opara, Aurelien Collin, Mechack Jerome; Oriol Rosell, Benny Feilhaber (Peterson Joseph 67), Paulo Nagamura (C.J. Sapong 78) ; Soony Saad, Claudio Bieler (Dom Dwyer 48), Graham Zusi

Subs not used: Jimmy Nielsen, Matt Besler, Josh Gardner, Jacob Peterson

CD Olimpia: Noel Valladares; Brayan Beckeles, Nery Olvin Medina Norales, Jose Fonseca, Fabio de Souza; Bayron Edimar Dionicio Mendez (Rigoberto Padilla Reyes 59), Javier Amaldo Portillo, Hendry Cordoba, Reynaldo Tilguath (Douglas Caetano 45), Carlos Mejia, Washington Bruschi (Anthony Lozano Colon 66)

Subs not used: Henry Bermudez, Luis Garrido, Irvin Reyna, Donis Escober

Stats KC OLI
Shots 7 10
Shots on Goal 2 1
Saves 1 0
Fouls 23 14
Offside 3 2
Corner Kicks
6 4

Misconduct Summary:
KC -- Paulo Nagamura (caution; reckless tackle) 51
KC -- Seth Sinovic (caution; time wasting) 54
OLI -- Jose Fonseca (caution; dissent) 57
KC -- Aurelien Collin (caution; argument) 74
OLI -- Rigoberto Padilla Reyes (caution; argument) 74

Scoring Summary:
KC -- Soony Saad (Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber) 27
KC -- Soony Saad 68

(August 27, 2013) -- Sporting Kansas City grabbed sole possession of first place in CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 with a 2-0 win over CD Olimpia Tuesday night in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Soony Saad scored a goal in each half as Sporting KC posted their second consecutive shutout in the tournament.

Sporting KC has two home games remaining in the CCL group stage. The eight teams with the most points in their respective groups at the conclusion of the group stage will advance to the quarterfinals, to be played March 2014.

Saad opened up the scoring for Sporting KC in the 27th minute. Graham Zusi picked up a pass from Benny Feilhaber and split a pair of defenders to find Saad rushing into the Olimpia penalty box. The 21-year-old striker took one touch and placed a left-footed strike past goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Olimpia's best opportunity came in the 61st minute when Carlos Mejia broke free down the right flank. The Honduran international one-timed a ball to far post that skipped past goalkeeper Eric Kronberg and out for a goal kick.

Sporting KC doubled their lead minutes later. After Kronberg punched away an Olimpia free kick, Zusi found Dom Dwyer in open space. The second-year striker picked up the ball 60 yards from goal, raced into the Olimpia 18-yard-box and earned a penalty kick after splitting a pair of defenders. Saad stepped up to the spot and buried the shot past Valladares to give Sporting KC a 2-0 lead.
Saad became the second KC player in club history to score two goals in a competitive international match. Chris Brown was the first to accomplish the feat in the 2001 Copa Merconorte against Barcelona SC.

Olimpia continued to push numbers forward in the second half but was unable to find the back of the net. Kronberg's lone save came in the third minute of stoppage time when Douglas Caetano headed a Brayan Beckeles cross into the chest of the Sporting KC goalkeeper.
Sporting KC's next CCL match is September 17 when they host Real Esteli at Sporting Park. They will conclude the group stage on October 23 with a home match against Olimpia.

Sporting KC returns to league play Saturday when they host the Colorado Rapids. Limited seats are still available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.

FAST FACTS

Sporting KC moves into sole possession of first place of Group 2 after defeating CD Olimpia 2-0 on Tuesday in their second match of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
The victory is Sporting KC's second in the 2013-14 edition of the tournament. The first came in a 2-0 result over Real Esteli FC on August 7.
Tuesday night marked the first time Sporting KC has played and won in Honduras during CCL competition.

Soony Saad scored both goals for Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday.
Graham Zusi earned the assist on Saad's first goal.
Saad notched the second goal for Sporting Kansas City on a penalty kick. Dom Dwyer was taken down by two Olimpia defenders inside the 18-yard-box.
With two goals on Tuesday, Saad moves into a tie for third on the club's all-time goal-scoring chart for international matches with Onandi Lowe.
Saad becomes only the second KC player in club history to score two goals in a competitive international match. Chris Brown was the first in the 2001 Copa Merconorte against Barcelona SC.
Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin has either played (14) or served on the technical staff (4) for every competitive international match in Sporting Kansas City history.
Sporting KC is 6-8-5 all-time in competitive international matches and 4-5-1 on the road.
Sporting Kansas City owns a 5-3-2 all-time record in CCL play.
Paulo Nagamura started Saturday's match, his first appearance for Sporting KC since June 22 versus FC Dallas.
CD Olimpia move to 10-6-8 all-time under the new CONCACAF Champions League format.
The loss is CD Olimpia's second in their last seven CCL matches.
Zusi led all Sporting KC players with six total crosses on Tuesday and was second on the field behind only Carlos Mejía.

Aurelien Collin led all players with 11 clearances on Tuesday.
Ike Opara notched five interceptions on Tuesday, leading all field players. Opara went six for six on aerial duels won.
Sporting KC was outshot 10-7 on Tuesday.
QUOTES

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes

Thoughts on the match...
It's a humongous result. It's huge to come here -- not an easy trip by any means with the travel and everything else -- and put in an unbelievable tactical performance. I thought we were flawless in that regard. And then another clean sheet puts in a good position to now try to bring both these teams home. We're in a very good place.

On Soony Saad...
He was good, he put himself in good positions. You have to give a lot of credit to Dom on the PK though. He did a great job of getting around those guys and finding a way to keep the ball and just bulled his way through to get us the penalty which is big time. And then Soony finished it off. But I can't say enough about the performance of the whole team. It was fantastic.
On the weather...
It actually made the field the way we like it, quick and fast. It was good.

Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad

On his game-winning goal...
I was just running with the line, we work on that a lot. A great ball in by Zusi and I took a first touch and finished it. It was perfect. It was good to get an early goal, too.
On starting both CCL matches...
It's a great experience for me as a young player. I think I'm growing and becoming more in tune to my position and what the team needs. What's really good about it is we keep winning and we're playing well as a team.

On the confidence shown in him by Peter Vermes...
It says that he trusts me and really believes in me. I'm thankful for that and I want to keep proving to him and the team and the organization that I'm ready and I'm capable to do the job.


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