A red card to former Sporting Kansas City player Krisztian Nemeth opened the door for SKC to turn a one-goal deficit into a convincing 3-1 win over the New England Revolution Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
Down 1-0 after another former Sporting player, Teal Bunbury, scored in the fourth minute, Sporting Kansas City got a brace from Diego Rubio and a goal from Gerso and scored three unanswered goals to cruise to victory.
Nemeth inexplicably threw a high elbow at Graham Zusi that led to video replay, which led to Nemeth being sent off. The Revolution had to go with 10 men from the 11th minute and lost all momentum from the early goal.
Sporting Kansas City moved into a tie for second place in the Western Conference on 44 points from 28 games, pending the Real Salt Lake-Portland match played later on Saturday. New England lost a chance to move up in the East standings and remain out of playoff position.
- 4′ – NE – Teal Bunbury
- 16′ – SKC – Gerso Fernandes
- 45′ – SKC – Diego Rubio
- 57′ – SKC – Diego Rubio