Aug 17, 2013, 11:15 AM EST
On the heels of a scoreless first half, Damien Duff powered a corner to the far post, and Kasami out-muscled Sunderland defender Valentin Roberge to get a head on the ball and put it past goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
Ruiz has just recently returned from international duty, so he was replaced by Kasami in the starting lineup for the season opener.
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