Throughout the game, Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara waged an intense aerial battle with New England goalkeeper Matt Reis.
Sporting KC sent in 29 crosses and Kamara went up for every one he could, often in close quarters with Reis, including one in second-half stoppage time that left Reis bloodied.
“I go up for every ball,” Kamara said. “That collision I got into with him, he knew it wasn’t intentional.”
Still, it was a scary moment as Reis lay on the ground with blood gushing from a cut above his right eye.
Fortunately, it had a happy ending as Reis managed to stay in the game after receiving a few stitches. The two swapped jerseys after the final whistle.
“I was shocked at the end of the game for him to ask me to exchange jerseys, but at the same time I’m honored to add a Matt Reis jersey to my collection,” Kamara said. “I don’t even think I’m going to wash it, because that’s the only way I can prove it was from this game.”
• Not only has Jacob Peterson worked his way into a regular starting spot, but he’s become a model player for manager Peter Vermes.
Peterson, who has three goals in his last six MLS matches starting at forward, moved to attacking midfielder Saturday and proved to be dangerous once again.
“So much of it has to do with the way he moves off the ball,” Vermes said. “He makes runs, and when you make runs you force people to make decisions. A lot of times, they’ll make bad decisions. He got on the end of a lot of stuff, and I think a lot of players on our team need to take note of the movement he does.”
• You don’t hear it often, but Sporting KC made a sub in the 98th minute. Yes, the 98th.
Five minutes of stoppage time was added, but that had to be extended significantly when New England goalkeeper Matt Reis was stitched up after catching an elbow above his right eye.
After Reis was attended to, Lawrence Olum made his first appearance since June 29, coming on for Michael Harrington in a game that lasted 102 minutes.
• Before the game, there was a moment of silence for the murder victims in Aurora, Colo., who were gunned down early Friday morning during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
The moment of silence also was observed for Jack Reyna, the 13-year-old son of former U.S. men’s national team star and U.S. Soccer technical director Claudio Reyna, who died of cancer this week.
Flags at the stadium were at half-mast.