MLS: Omar Bravo Captains SKC Against Former Club in International Friendly

Alan Hainkel@@fntncitysoccerContributor IOctober 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 23:  Omar Bravo #99 of Sporting Kansas City celebrates after scoring during the game against the Philadelphia Union on September 23, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo captained his current club against his old team in an international friendly at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Wednesday night. Bravo, a product of the Club Deportivo Guadalajara youth academy, scored 108 goals for the Mexican side after making his senior team debut in 2000.

After the game, Bravo said through a translator, "I respect Davy Arnaud a lot as the captain of the team, but I see it as a gift from Peter (Vermes) because of a game like this. It's something that means a lot to me to be captain for a game like this."

Chivas had the first truly dangerous chance of the game in the eighth minute. Midfielder Marco Fabian got loose on a breakaway. He managed to get around goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, who had come completely outside the 18-yard box. Two defenders had managed to get in behind Kronberg and Aurelien Collin tackled Fabian, but the ball trickled toward the net. Kronberg managed to hustle back and make sure the ball stayed out of the net.

In the 13th minute, KC forward Kei Kamara put a cross from the left wing into the penalty area for Jeferson. The Brazilian midfielder settled the ball but put it just over the crossbar.

In the 19th minute, Collin pulled forward Carlos Fierro down in the box and the referee awarded the penalty. Fabian put the ball in the back of the net to give the Mexican club an early 1-0 lead.

In the 26th minute, Graham Zusi put a ball into the penalty area for Bravo, but his header was over the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Kamara hit a rocket off the post and the rebound came out to Graham Zusi, but Zusi's shot was blocked.

Kansas City managed to get the majority of the chances through the rest of the first half, but still trailed going into the break.

In the 51st minute, halftime substitute Soony Saad got a through ball into Bravo, who put the ball into the back of the net. Unfortunately for Kansas City, the goal was waved off for being offside.

Saad equalized the match in the 75th minute. Saad got on the end of a through ball from midfielder Milos Stojcev and put the ball in past goalkeeper Victor Hugo Hernandez.

Kansas City took the lead in the 86th minute. Jeferson put a free kick into the area and an initial shot was blocked, but rookie Kevin Ellis was able to put the rebound into the net.

Chivas equalized less than two minutes later. A defensive lapse on the part of Stojcev allowed Erick Torres to get through to a one-on-one with Kronberg. Kronberg came out and tried to cut the angle, but Torres slipped the ball through and into the net to tie the game at 2-2.

In stoppage time, midfielder Craig Rocastle was sent off for a dangerous tackle. It turned out to be the final event of the game as the whistle was blown during the ensuing free kick.

Up next for Sporting Kansas City is a home match Saturday, October 15th at 3:00 pm CDT against the New York Red Bulls. The playoff implications for the game are clear: Win and they're in.


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