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Sporting Kansas City got off to a flying start to their 2013 campaign.
The first game of the MLS season saw the Philadelphia Union welcome back star striker Sebastien Le Toux, as well as welcoming Sporting Kansas City. And while it got off to a dream start for the home side, Sporting were just too strong in the end.
Le Toux picked up a goal just 17 minutes into the match, latching onto a wonderful cross from Keon Daniel and smashing home past Jimmy Nielsen. But the Union missed a couple of great chances to extend their lead, including a Le Toux shot that went wide.
They were made to pay for their profligacy by Graham Zusi, who pounced on a rebounded effort and did not hesitate in leveling the score before halftime. After a lackluster opening 40 minutes, Sporting were in it to win it.
And win it they would, and it was Zusi again making the difference. With 25 minutes to play, he USA international delivered a sweet free kick, which found the head of an unmarked Oriol Rosell in the middle of the box and gave his side the lead.
The midfield maestro was instrumental in getting his side some insurance, after a great run and cross eventually lead to Claudio Bieler thumping home a finish from just inside the area. The former LDU Quito man polished off an excellent debut with his first MLS goal.
Sporting remain on the road next week as they take on Toronto FC, while the Union will travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids.