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This is the goal that ended Sporting Kansas City’s long scoreless run

Apr 21, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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By the time it ended, Sporting Kansas City’s scoring streak was the fifth-longest in Major League Soccer history, the type of achievement you’d want to see broken by an unstoppable strike, an act of uncommon will, or the proverbial moment of brilliance.

And when it comes to counterattacking, there’s not shortage of brilliance in LA Galaxy’s game. As San Jose found out in last year’s playoffs, the defending champions’ transition game is enough to see contenders out of the postseason.

It was one of those counters that ultimately saw Sporting’s streak halted at 546 minutes, with Marcelo Sarvas gifted an easy finish after the 109th assist of Landon Donovan’s career.

The video:

The goal, which put LA up 1-0, wasn’t without controversy. Talking to NBCSN’s Kyle Martino at halftime, Kansas City coach Peter Vermes was insistent that a Sarvas hand ball helped the Galaxy midfielder gain control after a midfield challenge from Oriol Rosell.

As Martino describes on the highlight, it’s not that simple. The video is inconclusive, and even if the ball did hit Sarvas’s hand, it’s not an obvious whistle. It’s one I’d like to see called, given the advantage Sarvas would have gained from the situation, but you can see the ball-to-handers speaking up.

It was only the fourth goal Kansas City has allowed this season, the first since conceded twice at Toronto on March 9. In between, the team kept five clean sheets, but on the road to the defending champions, Sporting saw their run for the record come up short.


  1. manchestermiracle - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Yes, that might have been a handball on the first goal, but if not for an alarming lack of execution in and around the box the score could easily have been 4 or 5 to nothing.

    With KC’s long-running defensive shutdown I expected a much more competitive game. With the exception of an early shot off the crossbar they didn’t threaten much at all. The announcers made a big deal about “tired legs” so I suppose that has to figure in somewhere.

    McBean blew a couple of excellent chances, but he’s young and still learning. Keane’s flubs were much more frustrating despite that great run and pass to Donovan for the second goal. All in all a good effort to turn the tables on an attacking team, but the failures to finish by the Galaxy really stand out. That can’t continue if they want to repeat.

  2. jpan007 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Galaxy counter attack is fantastic

  3. dfstell - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    That score should have been a lot more lopsided. Galaxy just swarmed all over SKC. You really wouldn’t know that SKC was even a good team from that game.

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