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Fire loses game to Sporting KC, Frank Klopas, Gonzalo Segares to ejections

Chicago Fire v Sporting Kansas City

Chicago Fire v Sporting Kansas City

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Updated: October 30, 2012 6:12AM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Graham Zusi scored two goals, and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory Friday against the Fire.

Jimmy Nielsen had to make one save to notch his league-leading 14th shutout for Sporting KC (17-7-7), which extended its unbeaten streak to nine games and widened its Eastern Conference lead over the Fire to five points. Sporting KC had not beaten the Fire at home since a 3-2 victory Aug. 22, 2007.

The Fire (16-9-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in its last nine games.

Fire coach Frank Klopas and defender Gonzalo Segares were ejected during second-half stoppage time. Klopas drew a red card from referee Chris Penso, and Segares picked up a second yellow card. Both will be suspended for the Fire’s next game.

Zusi put Sporting KC ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute, running to Kei Kamara’s cross and one-timing the ball past goalie Sean Johnson. He also scored in the sixth minute of
second-half stoppage time, working his way free and slotting the ball home seconds from the final whistle.


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