League Soccer Reports
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 24, 2012 -- Sporting Kansas City needed only one point in their regular-season finale to finish atop the Eastern Conference for a second straight year. They went ahead and took all three, thanks to former JMU men's soccer player CJ Sapong (JMU 2007-10).
Sporting locked up home-field advantage through the conference playoffs with Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union, with goals from Jacob Peterson in the first half and Sapong just eight minutes from time.
Kei Kamara assisted on both goals, giving him a career-high eight on the season, and Sapong had the second assist on Peterson's score.
Sporting (18-7-9) extended their season-long unbeaten streak to 12 matches and now sit six points clear of second-place D.C. United, who have just one match left to play.
Sapong was named one of the "Men of the Match".
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
Rank, Player, What We Saw
1, C.J. Sapong, Scored the game winner and helped make the first with a perfect feed into space. Playing the best soccer of his career at the moment.
2, Kei Kamara, The first assist was second, while the strength he showed on the second simply can not be taught. Does yeoman's work clearing set pieces defensively as well.
3, Antoine Hoppenot, Heads-up play on the goal, and probably deserved a penalty when he was brought down by Nielsen in the 77th. A real difference-maker off the bench.