This previous week Sporting headed to the big apple to face off against last year’s Supporters Shield holding New York Red Bulls. This was an important game for Sporting because they just came off of their first loss of the season and they needed to regain their good form that saw them win their first three games.
Sporting came into this match missing two starters: Matt Besler and Sony Mustivar. They would be replaced by Lawrence Olum and Kevin Ellis. Roger Espinoza would also return to the lineup after being suspended for the previous game after getting a red card.
Sporting scored early as Zusi was played down the line and crossed to Feilhaber who finished into the right corner in the 21st minute for his second goal in as many games. Kevin Ellis was injured in the 41st minute and was replaced by Ike Opara who returned to the team after being out through injury for a whole year. At Half-time Sporting was winning 1-0, but were being dominated in possession and shots by New York.
Sporting continued to counter attack in the second half. It paid off in the 59st minute when Abdul Salaam threw the ball into Dwyer who spun his defender and scored from only a few yards out. Only four minutes later New York earned a penalty through an Opara handball, but Melia came up big for Sporting and saved the penalty.
The game ended at 2-0 to Sporting. New York will be very disappointed with the result after keeping more possession throughout the game and registering more shots than Sporting, but failing to score. Man of the Match goes to Tim Melia who had six saves including a penalty save. Sporting returns home for the next match on April 13th against the Colorado Rapids.