Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Striker C.J. Sapong scored twice as Sporting Kansas City grabbed a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 road win over Toronto FC at BMO field.
Sapong scored in the 18th and 53rd minute to notch his first career multi-goal game and carry Sporting Kansas City to a season-best three-game winning streak, pulling the club even with the New York Red Bulls atop the Eastern Conference standings.
After recording one goal in the club’s first 28 games, Sapong has scored three in the past two outings for Sporting Kansas City (14-9-6).
Graham Zusi started the scoring play with a long crossing pass that found Dom Dwyer, Dwyer then found an unmarked Sapong, who headed it past Toronto FC goalkeeper Joseph Bendik.
Zusi was credited with a secondary assist, his team-best seventh of the season.
Toronto midfielder Darel Russell capitalized on a Sporting KC mistake to knot the score late in the first half. Sporting KC goalie Jimmy Nielsen slid an uncontested pass to Aurelien Collin, who was unable to control the ball.
Toronto midfielder Alvaro Rey then took possession and passed the ball to Russell, who fired a low liner past Nielsen.
Sapong collected his second goal of the afternoon — and fourth of the year — on another header. He collected a pass from Chance Myers and sent a diving header into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Sapong’s goal compounded miseries for Toronto. After that, Steven Caldwell was sent off with a red card in the 82nd minute after taking out Josh Gardner.
Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen followed him to the shower room after he was ejected in extra time as the team suffered its 15th loss in 30 games.