Columbus Crew Vs. Sporting Kansas City, 2012 MLS: SKC All Alone Atop East After Win

The Eastern Conference was supposed to be all Sporting Kansas City and once again it is. Kansas City downed the Columbus Crew, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium to grab three points and move back into sole possession of first place in the East.

Jacob Peterson got the scoring started just six minutes into the match as they showed no ill effects from Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal. Peterson Joseph slipped a great ball through for Peterson, who finished smartly and the visitors had an early 1-0 lead.

It looked like the Crew would equalize just after the halftime break, but the crossbar denied Justin Meram. Emilio Renteria also had his chance in the 75th minute, but Jimmy Nielsen was there to turn him away. Those were hardly the only times that Columbus looked bright in the attack, but no matter what they did the Crew's pressure failed to pay off.

Teal Bunbury then put the match to bed in the 82nd minute with his ninth goal of the season and Sporting were on their way to the top of the East, which is exactly where everyone expects them to be.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.