NY — Bradley Wright-Phillips 21 (penalty kick) 11
NY — Thierry Henry 8 (Lloyd Sam 8) 52
SKC — Dom Dwyer 18 (Seth Sinovic 2, Graham Zusi 6) 54
(September 6, 2014) – Sporting Kansas City suffered the team’s fourth straight loss on Saturday in a 2-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Dom Dwyer scored his 18th goal of the season, tying the club’s single-season goal scoring record set by Preki in 1996.
New York opened the scoring in the game’s 11th minute from the penalty spot. Sporting KC captain Matt Besler’s slide tackle brought down Bradley Wright-Phillips inside the area and the Golden Boot leader calmly converted the ensuing penalty with a well-struck shot to Andy Gruenebaum’s right for his 21st goal of the season.
The goal snapped Sporting Kansas City’s 348-minute shutout streak at Red Bull Arena dating back to April 2011. It also continued a stretch of 12 games without a clean sheet for the reigning MLS Cup champions in MLS play.
Sporting Kansas City has now conceded seven penalty kick goals in 2014, tying the team’s single-season record first set in Major League Soccer’s inaugural 1996 season. MLS referees have whistled 109 penalty kicks to date this season, surpassing the previous single-season high of 84 set in 2011.
Less than four minutes after giving his side an early lead, Wright-Phillips had a look for his second goal in short succession but pushed the effort wide of the far post. Sporting Kansas City’s best scoring opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came in the 27th minute when Paulo Nagamura — returning to the lineup for the first time since July 6 — played Dom Dwyer behind the Red Bulls backline, but the Englishman sent his shot high with Luis Robles coming off his line in the one-on-one situation.
Thierry Henry, New York’s all-time leading scorer, threatened to double the home side’s lead in the 33rd minute. The Designated Player found space inside the penalty area and sent his shot just wide from an acute angle.
Three minutes from halftime, Sporting Kansas City saw a pair of shots blocked inside the 18-yard box. Dwyer’s attempt from the top of the penalty area was mishit and ultimately cleared away with Robles out of position. In the aftermath, Benny Feilhaber turned and released a shot that was blocked by Jamison Olave.
Robles made his only save of the match in first half stoppage time, denying Dwyer an equalizer. Dwyer peeled off Olave to run onto Feilhaber’s through ball and struck a first-time shot with his left foot that was superbly saved by Robles.
The Red Bulls stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute from the foot of Henry with his first goal against Sporting KC in nine career matches. The Frenchman sent his shot from 20 yards out into the top corner for his 50th goal in MLS competition (including playoffs), eight of which have come in 2014.
Sporting Kansas City responded immediately to cut their deficit in half with a historic goal from Dwyer just over two minutes later. Graham Zusi’s free kick found Seth Sinovic, who won the header at the backpost to set up Dwyer for a first-time side volley from six yards out.