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Sporting Kansas City rally with 10 players to down Houston Dynamo

Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura was wheeled of the pitch after a collision with Houston Dynamo midfielder A.J. Cochran.
Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography

Playing the majority of the game with ten players, Sporting Kansas City scored two unanswered goals to down the Houston Dynamo by the score of 2-0 in front of 18,396 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Friday evening, June 6, 2014.

With the win, Kansas City raises its record to 6-5-4 (19 points) while the Dynamo fell to 5-9-2 (17 points).

The game started off with a collusion when Dynamo midfielder A.J. Cochran and Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura both went up for a header in the third minute.

Both fell to the ground and trainers and medical personnel raced onto the pitch.

Cochran jumped up and jogged to the sideline, however Nagamura remained on the ground.

He was stabilized, placed on a stretcher and wheeled off to be examined by medical professionals.

The battle remained intense when Antonio Dovale and Alexander Lopez, in the 21st minute took issue with each other and allowed their testosterone to get the better of them.

Both midfielders were give cards: with Lopez issued the yellow and Dovale receiving the red for an apparent elbow thrown in Lopez’ direction.

The intensity kept up with both squads fighting to get a goal before the half.

Finally, KC found the goal when forward Soony Saad spotted a loose ball and sent it sailing past Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric from outside the box in the 45th minute.

Both teams retired to the locker room at the half with Kansas City leading by the score of 1-0.

Kansas City scored its second goal of the night when they were awarded a penalty kick when Cochran was called for a handball off a corner kick.

Forward Dom Dwyer stepped to the line, in the 70th minute and quickly sent the ball past Deric for the score.

Both teams, along with all other MLS teams will now take a break in the season while the World Cup takes place in Brazil for the next three weeks.

The Dynamo will next face Montreal on Saturday, June 29 on the road while Sporting Kansas City will travel to Portland for a match on Friday, June 27.