Earnshaw nets two goals as Toronto FC downs Sporting Kansas City
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Robert Earnshaw delivered two goals early in the first half to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1 victory over Sporting City Kansas Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Earnshaw hit his first goal in the three-minute mark and added a penalty kick in the 21st minute for a 2-0 lead, enough to absorb the impact of a 77th minute goal from Claudio Bieler.
With the win, Toronto snapped a 15-game losing streak dating back to July 28 of last season and improved to 1-1.
Also, Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak to Sporting City Kansas. Before this, Toronto last defeated Sporting KC, 1-0, on April 26, 2009 at BMO Field.
Sporting Kansas City, which opened its season with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union Saturday afternoon, dropped to 1-1.
Overall, Toronto had three shots on goal while Sporting Kansas City only had one. Kansas City enjoyed 68 percent of possession while Toronto held the ball for just 32 minutes.
Jimmy Nielsen stopped Terry Dunfield’s left-footed shot from outside the box but the ball dropped in front of Earnshaw,. His right-footed shot from the center then got past the goalie
Earnshaw made it 2-0 when he buried a penalty kick from a foul by Paulo Nagamura in the penalty area.
In the 77th minute, Bieler right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner past Joe Bendik to put Kansas City on the board.
Kansas City had a chance to salvage a tie but Aurelien Collin and Soony Saad missed potential game-tying attempts in extra time.