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Toronto FC 1:4 Sporting KC: Highlights, Quotes & Summary

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Two penalties, a stunning strike and a CJ Sapong goal led Sporting Kansas City to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Toronto FC. Gilberto had the only consolation on the night for Toronto.

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In one of the most embarrassing showings of the season, Toronto FC lost 4-1 to Sporting Kansas City. The defending MLS Champions absolutely dominated the visitors, who were outclassed throughout. The loss drops Toronto's record to 9-8-5 on the season.

Gilberto's brilliant finish was the lone bright spot for Toronto FC. Dom Dwyer scored a pair of first half penalties to get an easy boost to his campaign for the MLS Golden Boot. Soony Saad scored a backbreaking goal to make it 3-1 with an incredible Volley. C.J Sapong rounded out the scoring for SKC.

Analysis is on its way somewhat shortly. But until then, forget everything else about this match other than this stunning effort from Gilberto. Quotes below

Quotes

RYAN NELSEN - HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

On Toronto FC's 4-1 loss to Sporting KC...

We got done on four set pieces. It was two penalties and two corners.

On what went wrong with the four goals conceded...

If you don't defend set pieces, which is Kansas City's strength and something we talked about and worked on...If you take them away and look at the actual chances in the game, we created the way better chances. We had three on the keeper and we still managed to miss it. We had a one-on-one and we missed that one. And that was probably a turning point in the game. If you put that in to make it 2-2, it would have given us a real momentum boost.

On Toronto's four-game road trip coming to an end...

I think you would take six points from four away games, considering who you are playing. I think if someone offered me that, I would take it.

On potentially getting Steven Caldwell, Mark Bloom, Warren Creavalle and Jermain Defoe back for next Saturday...

Those are four guys that we have missed. We looked young at the back today and some of our decision-making wasn't the best. But all those guys learn from it. They grow from it. As I said, the exciting thing about it is if we are lucky enough to come back and play these guys again, I am very confident in our team.

DANIEL LOVITZ - MIDFIELDER, TORONTO FC

On earning two wins during Toronto's four-game road trip...

Big picture, yes, it was a success. But it's tough to distance yourself from tonight. You want to be a team that can come into these sorts of places and get results. It's disappointing for sure.

On getting players back from injury...

We like to get our strongest team forward and we feel strong with whomever we put on the field. To have some pieces back and work on some things moving forward is something we look forward to.

PETER VERMES - HEAD COACH, SPORTING KC

On Sporting KC's 4-1 win over Toronto FC...

I think we started really well. The first 35 minutes, I thought we were fantastic. We moved very well off the ball in the attack. We were very good pressing the ball and turning them over in their half of the field to create chances for ourselves. Both penalties were very legitimate from my understanding, but it was all because of our aggressive mentality in the box. I'll be honest-I was a little worried on the second (penalty kick) because sometimes after you take the first one, the goalkeeper figures you out. But Dom (Dwyer) was very cool and put them both away very well. We gave up a terrible goal going into halftime. I don't know if we took our foot off the gas pedal or what for the last 10 minutes of the half. We just didn't finish off the first half very well. But we came out in the second half and had a very good vibe about us from the opening whistle. Soony (Saad) loves (scoring) near post against this team. Every time we play them, he hits the ball to the near post. It was a great goal-great preparation, great finish. Then C.J. (Sapong) came off the bench to give us the fourth one, which was excellent. Through all that, I thought we were good with the ball tonight. This was not an easy game. Toronto is a much-improved team and probably one of the best counter-attacking teams in the league at the moment. It was a very difficult match for them, especially coming on the heels of our last performances against them.

On Jon Kempin's one-on-one save against Gilberto in the 51st minute...

That save kept us in the game. If he doesn't (make the save), it goes 2-2 and that really changes the momentum of the game. That was a huge save by him and he did very well. A few times he came out on some crosses and I was wondering where he was going. But he's getting a feel for the game and he did excellent. You look at the different people who have played in our lineup throughout the season, and everyone's contributed. He's now a big contribution to that.

On Seth Sinovic's defensive performance against winger Dominic Oduro...

Seth (Sinovic) just took it as a personal vendetta. (Oduro) ate him up the last game, and he knew it. Seth wanted to prove a point, and I think he did a good job. He's always done well against him. The game at their place was just one time, and we still got the points up there. Today I thought his performance was much, much better against him. He kept him in check most of the game.

On Sporting KC traveling to Nicaragua for their first CONCACAF Champions League match against Real Esteli...

In this situation, normally I would say we have to use everyone on our roster. We have to make sure we're good from that perspective. But we've been doing that every single game this season, so it's really business as usual at this point. What's really going to be the key is the turnaround over the next few days between regeneration tomorrow, travelling on Monday, and then getting focused for (Tuesday's) game. This group of guys has been through it already, and we've already been to (Estadio Independencia in Esteli, Nicaragua). So there's a lot of familiarity with that part of it. Now it's just about going out there, playing the first 45 minutes, and deciding what to do from there (personnel-wise). Everywhere we go we want to get three (points). Obviously all competitions have different scenarios you're going to be dealing with. The first key is we're playing away from home, so we have to be smart there. We've got to be careful not to give goals away, and at the same time, we have to try and capitalize on the mistakes they make.

On Sporting KC responding positively after their 2-0 loss at Vancouver last Sunday...

If there's one thing I can say about the group, it's that this team has the mentality that we aren't going to put that kind of performance in on a regular basis. That's just not the mentality of the group. When we do what we did against Vancouver, everybody knows that it's not our team. So we want to get back on it quickly, and that's what I like about this group-they turn it around quickly and they all have a very good mentality.

On Claudio Bieler's substitute appearance and current role on the team...

Whenever we need him, he'll be available. It's always been the case that the guys who are in form are going to play. It's hard to deny the fact that Dom has 16 goals now. It is what it is. But the guys on the team are good about that stuff, as well. As much as they may not like that they aren't playing, they know that you have to be ready when you're called upon. That's one of the things about this group-when you have success and you're playing in multiple competitions, you'll get your opportunity. If you aren't ready, you aren't going to be here very long. Claudio has worked very hard and he understands the situation.

On spending money for new players in the transfer market...

For our club, it's extremely important because we know that there are a lot of big spenders out there. Obviously our ownership group is pretty wealthy, and they could afford to buy players. The difference, though, is that we're running a business. And the difference is that we are in a different market than New York or LA or Chicago. So we have to go about our business a little differently. As you can see, we have a lot of faith and a lot of confidence in our way of doing things. Most of our guys have come out of college and a few out of our academy, as well. I think the players also realize that when other teams spend money to get certain players, they want to prove to (say) to the other team, ‘Hey, I don't care who's coming in here, you're not going to beat us.' That's a good mentality to have.

On Sporting KC's performance at home...

It's always great to play at home. Who wouldn't want to play in front of a group of fans like this, in a stadium like this, on a field the way it is right now? The other side of it is you have to look at how well we have done on the road as a team. It's been one of the best in the league at the moment, and there's a reason for that. It goes back to having a core group of guys that have a very good mentality.

DOM DWYER - FORWARD, SPORTING KC

On avenging their loss to Vancouver with a 4-1 win over Toronto...

After every game, you always want to get back out on the pitch. But obviously there was a bit of extra motivation since Vancouver-that wasn't our best performance, to say the least. But we responded well, came out sharp and executed our game plan very well. We slipped up a little bit right before halftime, but other than that, everything else went to plan. It was a well-won PK from Benny (Feilhaber) on the first one. Then Soony (Saad) scored a usual Soony goal. Then at the end, there great runs from the corner (kick)-Soony attacks it and C.J. (Sapong) is there at the back post to tap it in. It was a fantastic, solid team performance. Their goal may or may not have been offside, but it was a very good performance defensively, too. I think (Jon) Kempin did fantastically well in his first start.

On his penalty kick routine...

I definitely decide where I'm (shooting) beforehand, unless the goalie makes a massive move somewhere (before I shoot). The first one was a little bit high, but I just smashed it straight down the middle. The second one, I remember the last game we played them (at Sporting Park on May 23) I shot left. So this time I put it right and he went the wrong way.

On scoring after five straight games without a goal...

I think I was trying to force it. I was definitely frustrated, and it's tough when you lose games. That's when your frustration comes out. But this week I had a bit of time to refocus and get things together. Hopefully we're back to the start of more good things.

SOONY SAAD - FORWARD, SPORTING KC

On Sporting KC's 4-1 win over Toronto...

We put in a very convincing performance all-around, and the score line reflects that. We like to win at home, especially getting a lot of goals to entertain the fans. There were a lot of good things in this game, especially coming after the loss to Vancouver. We've already established that we're the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, and that's why we're on top.

On Sporting KC's CONCACAF Champions League trip to Real Esteli on Tuesday...

We were there last year and were able to get a good result. We're looking to do the same, and the coaches say they have a lot of the same guys. Between now and Tuesday, the main focus is regeneration-getting the legs fresh and having the same attitude we've had in any other game. We go in there looking to win and play our style of football.

C.J. Sapong - Forward, Sporting KC

On scoring a goal as a second half substitute...

Whether I'm a starter or a sub, my job doesn't change. I go in there and try to put pressure on the opponent and help the team score goals. (Graham) Zusi played in a great ball and luckily I was in the right spot.

On beating Toronto FC for the second time in three weeks...

We knew they'd bring it tonight. They didn't' really like the way things turned out the last time we played. So we knew we had to match their energy and effort. I think you saw us do that tonight.

On goalkeeper Jon Kempin's first career MLS start...

He was great. He saved us big time on a couple different plays. They had a breakaway in the second half and he kept us ahead. It's great to see him have this success because I've seen him work hard every since I became a player here. More wins to come from him, I'm sure.

JON KEMPIN - GOALKEEPER, SPORTING KC

On his first career MLS start for Sporting KC...

I thought it was a pretty good performance all-around. The team really helped me out. Obviously scoring that many goals was going to make it tough to lose. Our defense had some big plays to help me out-a couple clearances off the line-so my team was there for me. In a big game like this, I was obviously a little nervous going into it-I think you have to be. But in the end, it was pretty awesome.

On his one-on-one save against Gilberto in the 51st minute...
At halftime, Benny (Feilhaber) told me I would have to make one big save to help the team get three points. As (Gilberto) was coming at me, all I could think about was what Benny told me. Fortunately I made the stop.

On the support he has received leading up to his first career MLS start...
I've received so much support from the team, the coaches and my family and friends. And I can't tell you how many messages I've had from people I don't even know-fans in the stands, fans in other states, whatever it may be. I knew no matter how the game went that people would be behind me, so that really gave me confidence going into it.

Scoring Summary:

SKC- Dwyer (PK) 18'

SKC- Dwyer (PK) 34'

TFC- Gilberto (Oduro, Warner) 45'

SKC- Saad 64'

SKC- Sapong (Saad, Zusi) 77'

Misconduct Summary:

None

Records:

Sporting KC: 12-6-6 (42 pts)

Toronto FC: 9-8-5 (26 pts)

Lineups

Toronto FC- Bendik, Jackson, Henry, Hagglund, Morrow, Osorio, Warner, Bradley (Bekker 84'), Oduro (Lovitz 74'), Moore (Dike 78'), Gilberto

Unused Subs: Konopka, Orr, Morgan, De Rosario

Sporting KC- Kempin, Juliao, Collin, Besler, Sinovic, Zusi, Olum, Feilhaber (Claros 73'), Zizzo (Sapong 67'), Dwyer (Bieler 80'), Saad

Unused Subs: Melia, Ellis, Toni, Lopez