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Sporting Kansas City Steal Late 2-1 Win From Columbus Crew

Benny Feilhaber saved his best for last, but won it for Kansas City in stoppage time.

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Another game and more disappointment for the Columbus Crew as they fell 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City by way of a stoppage time goal from Benny Feilhaber on Wednesday night.

Coming off the worst performance of the season, the Black and Gold were hopeful a quick turnaround would help them get the bitter taste from their mouth, but things did not go well from the beginning of this match.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter elected to change his team's shape a bit, lining up in a 4-5-0 with playmaker Federico Higuain as the most attacking player on the pitch. Kansas City had the perfect response, playing their usual three forwards and pressing the Columbus back line continuously.

This pressure kept the Crew from playing their usual possession game, which requires the ball to move from the back forward. The Columbus defenders and goalkeeper Steve Clark were having to clear balls uncomfortably nearly every possession.

Eight minutes into the game, Sporting almost got on the board on a set piece. A Feilhaber corner found midfielder Lawrence Olum who pounded a header into the grown that bounced up and had to be tipped over the bar by Clark.

Five minutes later, Dwyer flicked a header from another set piece that deflected off Crew midfielder Wil Trapp and went just wide of the goal post.

The Black and Gold had their first good opportunity after 20 minutes. Midfielder Tony Tchani charged from the middle of the field with the ball, creating a three v. two situation. He elected to play wide to winger Justin Meram whose initial shot was blocked back to him and his second effort sent wide.

In the 27th minute, SKC came close to opening the scoring. After a poor clearance by Crew defender Waylon Francis, forward C.J. Sapong hit a sliding shot that deflected off defender Michael Parkhurst but was cleared off the line by the head of Trapp.

Just two minutes before the halftime break, Sporting finally opened the scoring on a corner from Feilhaber. Sapong got on the end of the served ball with little challenge from the Columbus defense and fired his header by Clark for the 1-0 lead.

At the half, Berhalter decided to change things, bringing in true forward Adam Bedell for midfielder Daniel Paladini and winger Bernardo Anor - whose red card suspension from the last match was rescinded - for Meram.

The changes had a quick impact, as the Crew began to attack Kansas City to start the second half.

In the 57th minute, the game was changed after a straight red card was issued to SKC defender Aurelien Collin. Collin and Bedell battled for a ball in the air and after consulting with the linesman, the center official sent Collin to the locker room for a questionable elbow.

In the 61st minute, Bedell nearly leveled the match after a cross from Francis fell to him. The effort forced a diving save at the near post by former Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to keep the Black and Gold scoreless.

After piling on the pressure with the man advantage, the Crew finally got their reward courtesy of a Kansas City defender. Outside back Chad Barson sent a dangerous ball into the box and a collision between Higuain and Igor Juliao ended with the ball in the back of the net and an own goal for Sporting.

Fans on the west side of Columbus Crew Stadium likely though Higuain had won the game for Columbus in the 81st minute. The attacker fired a shot from outside the box that had Gruenebaum beat, but couldn't creep in the far post.

In the 89th minute, Trapp's night came to an end with a second yellow card. Anor attempted a quick throw in to the central midfielder, but pressure on his back by a Kansas City attacker caused him to lose the ball and trip up the player, preventing the counter attack.

Three minutes into stoppage time, SKC capitalized on the level playing field. After beating Anor on the wing, Juliao sent a cross into the box that hit Jacob Peterson's foot and was fired in off the crossbar by Feilhaber to rescue the full three points for his side.

Once again the Black and Gold have a quick turnaround, with the Montreal Impact coming to town Saturday night.