July 3, 2016
NYC takes revenge on Red Bulls; Sporting outlast Columbus
NEW YORK CITY FC 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 0
BRONX, NY--New York City FC took over first place in the MLS East with Sunday's 2-0 Hudson River derby win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Jack Harrison paced NYC (7-5-6, 27 pts) with a goal and an assist. It was City's first-ever win over their metro area rivals, and avenged a 7-0 pasting at the hands of the Red Bulls May 21 at Yankee Stadium.
In the eighth minute, the unmarked Harrison powered past two defenders to reach Andrea Pirlo's floated corner kick and power a ten-yard shot past netminder Luis Robles.
In the 66th, Harrison took a pass down the right flank from Frank Lampard and sent the ball into the penalty area for David Villa, who one-touched with the outside of his right foot to make the score 2-0.
The Red Bulls ( 7-9-2, 23) finished the match with 10 players after center back Chris Duvall, who struggled for most of the afternoon, was given his marching orders for a hard foul on Andrea Pirlo in the 79th minute.
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SPORTING KANSAS CITY 3, COLUMBUS CREW SC 2
KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Matt Besler scored in stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a 3-2 win over Columbus Crew SC Sunday at Sporting Park.
The game-winner was the Sporting defender's first goal since 2011. Seconds into extra time, Jimmy Medranda sent the ball from high on the right side to Ike Opara off the left post. Opara headed the ball across the goalmouth to Besler for a point-blank finish.
Columbus played almost the entire second half shorthanded after Tyson Wahl was red-carded for knocking down Dom Dwyer on a breakaway into the penalty area. Ola Kamara kept them in the match with two goals, opening up a 1-0 lead by redirecting Harrison Afful's cross past netminder Tim Melia in the 22nd minute, and knotting the score 2-2 from 16 yards after a perfectly-timed run through the KC defense in the 75th.
Kamara's goals sandwiched Benny Feilhaber's 49th-minute penalty kick -- awarded after Wahl's red card foul -- and a 56th-minute tally by Graham Zusi, who brought the ball in alone from near midfield and finished with a 19-yard left-footer.
Sporting vault into fourth place in the MLS West at 7-8-4 and 25 points. Columbus fall to 3-6-7 (16).