Kansas City took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a comfortable 2-0 victory over an oddly patched together Crew side at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
Coach Robert Warzycha decided to tinker with his starting eleven, reworking the defense to remove the normally ever present Sebastian Miranda and moving Josh Williams out of center-back to make room for Eric Gehrig and usual midfielder Bernardo Anor was shifted to left back.
The unfamiliar back line struggled with Kansas City’s early pressure and the away team were ahead after just six minutes.
Jacob Peterson scored the goal after being put through by Peterson Joseph and it became a lead that Kansas City never really looked like loosing.
The Crew had a few moments, but overall looked lacking in the final third. Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen was called into action late in the game to deny Emilio Renteria and Justin Meram saw his header hit the crossbar but it never felt like the Crew were going to find the back of the net.
Ted Bunbury secured the win late in the game and put Sporting Kansas City three points clear at the top of the Eastern table.
The Crew will be back at Crew Stadium next Saturday when they host second place D.C. United.