Yohan Croizet called it the best goal of his career, and it was a stunner — an unlikely 20-yard volley that gave Sporting Kansas City the lead over FC Dallas in the game’s final minutes Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas. A high rebound off a Dallas defender fell to Croizet, who didn’t hesitate to bury it into the upper left corner of the net.
Croizet himself was a late addition, coming into the game in the 85th minute to replace Daniel Salloi, who had scored the team’s two previous goals.
Salloi picked up his first goal in the 43rd minute, sliding in to finish off a ball headed to the goal line by Ike Opara. The goal evened the game at 1, giving SKC an even field to start the second half.
Salloi’s second goal came in the 66th minute. Seconds after having a shot parried away by Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, Salloi got a pass from rookie Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal and knocked it home from 6 yards. This was Salloi’s first multi-goal game with SKC.
The win moves Sporting Kansas City into the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament played among all the U.S. professional and semi-professional leagues. Sporting has won the Cup four times, including two of the past three.
Sporting KC returns to MLS play next Saturday at home against the Houston Dynamo.
NBA stars and KU greats faced the searing afternoon heat with good humor and high spirits in the Frank Mason III charity softball game played on Saturday, June 16, at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mason, the consensus national college basketball player of the year at Kansas and now a member of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, held the game to raise money for the National Youth Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Jayhawk spirit was on display for much of the game, with Rock Chalk chants from the crowd and the Kansas fight song over the loudspeakers.
Fans were able to get up close with the players during games between innings, and players spent much of the game signing autographs along the outfield walls.