Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City and Chicago Fire
battled to a goalless draw on Saturday at Sporting Park.
The hosts had the better of the play in the first half as well as the first
great chance of the match 13 minutes in when Graham Zusi ripped a hard strike
from outside the box, but Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson was there for the
Both sides managed just one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, but it was
Kansas City that had a fantastic opportunity just second into the second
period when Seth Sinovic collected a ball on the left flank and fired a left-
footed shot from a tough angle, but it just missed the near post.
The home side had another excellent chance in the 54th minute when Paulo
Nagamura blasted a long shot on goal from outside the penalty area that was
parried away by Johnson, but he left a rebound and Claudio Bieler got a head
to it on the volley, but nodded it over the bar to keep the sides on level
Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen had to make several saves in the final
minutes as Chicago had a few chances to steal three points, but neither side
was able to find a winning goal.
Kansas City has not won in its past two matches after opening the season with
a 3-1 triumph at Philadelphia and will look to get back on the winning track
on March 30 when they host the Montreal Impact.
Chicago meanwhile, remains winless and goalless in three matches this season
and will shoot for its first victory of the season at Toyota Park next Sunday
against Chivas USA.
The Sports Network