Daily Archives: May 4, 2014

Jacob Peterson
Claudio Bieler

Sporting Kansas City re-claimed a share of first place in the Eastern Conference on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Jacob Peterson and Claudio Bieler scored their first goals of 2014 while Eric Kronberg made four saves for his fourth shutout of the season, most among MLS goalkeepers.

Sporting Kansas City remains unbeaten at Sporting Park in its last 11 games in all competition dating back to 2013, highlighted by the team’s MLS Cup triumph over Real Salt Lake.

Prior to Sunday’s match, Sporting Kansas City players, coaches and staff were formally presented with their championship rings in a special pre-game ceremony held on the field.

Peterson, making his second league start of the year and first since the regular season opener, struck for the game-winning goal in the 10th minute.

Chance Myers’ cross from the right flank connected with Paulo Nagamura, whose first-time shot was blocked by Giancarlo Gonzalez but eventually fell to Peterson following a deflection off Michael Parkhurst. A nine-year MLS veteran, Peterson made no mistake in a side volley from 10 yards out for his 14th career MLS goal and first since the final game of the 2012 regular season.

Eric Kronberg

Kronberg made his first of four saves, and the match’s best, in the 31st minute on the Crew’s only shot on goal of the opening 45 minutes. Bernardo Anor rose high to re-direct a well-struck service from Wil Trapp, but Kronberg reacted quickly make a one-handed stop low to his right to stop the header on the goalline.

Seth Sinovic nearly doubled Sporting Kansas City’s lead three minutes later, settling a pass from Oriol Rosell behind the Crew backline and forcing a kick save from Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark. Dom Dwyer led all players on Sunday with four shots, coming close in the 49th and 66th minutes on the receiving end of Graham Zusi crosses.

Kronberg made three important saves in a seven-minute span during the second half to preserve the clean sheet. In the 58th minute, he dove to his left to hold a curling effort from Anor and followed that with an extension effort to his right to deny Federico Higuain five minutes later. His final save of the day came in the 65th minute, again on Anor as he pushed away the attempt from 30 yards out. The rebound fell to Jairo Arrieta from point blank range and that too was turned away by Kronberg, though the Costa Rican was ruled to be in an offside position.

After Sunday’s shutout, Sporting Kansas City has allowed only one goal at home in six matches in all competition in 2014 and lowered the team’s league-leading goals against average to 0.75 per game.

Bieler would eventually put the game out of reach in second-half stoppage time, the culmination of Sporting Kansas City’s offense creating continued chances during the game’s late stages. Feilhaber went forward with an individual effort in the 72nd minute, forcing a turnover and firing a shot from the top of the penalty area that carried narrowly wide.

The Crew were left shorthanded for the final 10 minutes upon Trapp being shown his second caution in the 80th minute for bringing down Feilhaber in the final third of the field. Sporting Kansas City quickly capitalized on the man-advantage, testing Clark with shots from Dwyer in the 83rd minute and rookie Alex Martinez in the 88th.

Bieler, the beneficiary of a pinpoint chip from Zusi, put the final touch on the 2-0 victory in the 95th minute with the fourth latest goal scored in regulation in the team’s 18-year history. Soony Saad, making his 2014 debut, won the ball from Parkhurst to start the scoring sequence and Zusi made the key play with a first-time, left-footed chip over the outrushing Clark. Bieler calmly slotted his shot into the empty net for his first goal of the campaign after leading the team in scoring in 2013.

With the assist, Zusi moves into a tie with Davy Arnaud for third most in club history with 35 assists in the regular season. The U.S. Men’s National Team starter has now played a part in 56 goals (17 goals, 39 assists) in MLS competition since the start of the 2011 season, sixth most among MLS players.

Attendance at Sunday afternoon’s match was 20,565, and the temperature was 81 degrees.

Sporting Kansas City will next travel to Montreal to take on the Impact (1-4-3, 6 pts) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, live locally on KMCI 38 the spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

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Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools
Monday, May 5
Italian sub or yogurt, cheese and muffin, baked beans, romaine salad and pears.

Tuesday, May 6
Spaghetti with meat sauce with breadstick, or yogurt, cheese and muffin, green beans, romaine salad and orange smiles.

Wednesday, May 7
Hog dog with chips or yogurt, cheese and muffin, corn, fruited coleslaw and apple.

Thursday, May 8
Chicken nuggets with roll or yogurt, cheese and muffin, broccoli with cheese, romaine salad, mixed berry and lemon freeze fruit treat.

Friday, May 9
Grilled cheese or yogurt, cheese and muffin, dragon punch, skillet potatoes and fruit bowl.
Other entrée alternatives served daily include mini chef with roll and mini fruit salad with muffin.

Turner Public Schools
Monday, May 5
Taco salad, or chicken or cheese quesadilla, fruit and vegetable bar.

Tuesday, May 6
Ham cheeseburger on bun, or breaded mozzarella cheese sticks with dip, fruit and vegetable bar.

Wednesday, May 7
Chicken nuggets or breaded beef sticks. Fruit and vegetable bar.

Thursday, May 8
Turkey-bacon-cheese wrap or meatball sub sandwich, fruit and vegetable bar.

Friday, May 9
French toast sticks and sausage or corn dog, fruit and vegetable bar.

Additional daily lunch entrée choices include yogurt-cheese- muffin basket or peanut butter and jelly basket.

Piper Public School
Monday, May 5
Chicken and cheese quesadilla; soft tacos, garden salad, borracho black beans, orange pineapple mix, fruit; fajita chicken salad, borracho black beans, orange pineapple mix, fruit and tortilla chips.

Tuesday, May 6
Hot dog on a bun; Italian calzone, sweet potato fries, broccoli with dip, orange smiles and fruit; turkey chef salad, peas, orange smiles, fruit and corn muffin.

Wednesday, May 7
Chicken patty – grilled chicken; homestyle meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, glazed carrots, pears, fruit and roll; Caesar chef salad, glazed carrots, pears, fruit and roll.

Thursday, May  8
Spaghetti and meatballs with Italian bread; grilled chicken sandwich, garden salad, green beans, cherry tomatoes, tropical fruit and fruit; popcorn chicken salad, cherry tomatoes, tropical fruit, fruit and Italian bread.

Friday, May 9
Cheese pizza; peanut butter and jelly with yogurt, garden salad, corn, garden veggies, banana and fruit; ham chef salad, corn, banana, fruit and fruit muffin.

Bonner Springs Public Schools
Monday, May 5
Chicken and cheese quesadilla; soft tacos, garden salad, borracho black beans, orange pineapple mix, fruit; fajita chicken salad, borracho black beans, orange pineapple mix, fruit and tortilla chips.

Tuesday, May 6
Hot dog on a bun; barbecued rib on bun, sweet potato fries, broccoli with dip, orange smiles and fruit; turkey chef salad, peas, orange smiles, fruit and corn muffin.

Wednesday, May 7
Chicken patty – grilled chicken; roast turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, glazed carrots, pears, fruit and roll; Caesar chef salad, glazed carrots, pears, fruit and roll.

Thursday, May 8
Spaghetti and meatball with Italian bread; ham and cheese sub, garden salad, green beans, cherry tomatoes, tropical fruit and fruit; popcorn chicken salad, cherry tomatoes, tropical fruit, fruit and Italian bread.

Friday, May 9
Cheese pizza; popcorn chicken wrap, garden salad, corn, garden veggies, banana and fruit; ham chef salad, corn, banana, fruit and fruit muffin.

All menus from all districts subject to change.

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A man in his late 50s died after an accident at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, May 4, in the 6300 block of Leavenworth Road.

Kansas City, Kan., police responded to the scene, and when they arrived, found the man deceased from his injuries, a spokesman said.

A preliminary investigation showed the victim and another vehicle were stopped at the intersection of 63rd and Leavenworth Road when a third vehicle, also traveling east, struck the victim from behind, according to police.

The driver of the striking vehicle stayed on the scene, police said.

The identity of the victim will not be released pending positive identification and family notification, the spokesman said.

The accident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Traffic Support Unit-Critical Collision Response Team.

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