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Palmer-Brown's pro debut goes from bad to worse
by Ridge Mahoney, May 18th, 2014 9:34PM

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[MLS: Week 11] The ballyhooed debut of 17-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown didn't turn out so well for him and Sporting Kansas City. Starting his first MLS game on a depleted SKC back line, Palmer-Brown -- a transfer target of legendary Italian club Juventus -- gave up a penalty kick in the first half and committed two blatant fouls early in the second half and was cautioned for both in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.

His departure left SKC a man down in the 64th minute; it already trailed, 2-0, to a pair of Mike Magee goals tallied within the first quarter of an hour, and though Dom Dwyer scored four minutes after Palmer-Brown’s second caution, the Fire held on to win its second straight game.

SKC coach Peter Vermes -- deprived of Matt Besler (USA camp), Aurelien Collin (hamstring strain), Ike Opara (season-ending ankle surgery) and Lawrence Olum (called up by Kenya) -- deployed the 17-year old Palmer-Brown in the middle of a re-jiggered back line that Chicago carved open twice to earn penalty kicks that Magee converted.

Things started badly for the defending champion when keeper Eric Kronberg was adjudged to have tripped Quincy Amarikwa in the seventh minute. Magee easily beat Kronberg to score the first goal, and he connected again eight minutes later after Palmer-Brown shoved Benji Joya to the ground after being burned by the Fire midfielder.

Palmer-Brown escaped a caution on that play, but went straight into the book early in the second half for body-blocking Amarikwa on a counterattack. Fifteen minutes later, a late tackle on Amarikwa left referee Jose Carlos Rivero no choice.

Dwyer nailed a Benny Feilhaber free kick into the net for his eighth goal of the season midway through the second half. Kronberg stopped Magee on a breakaway to keep the deficit at one but SKC couldn’t avoid a second straight defeat.



MLS WEEK 11, Results:
Sunday, May 18
Chicago 2 Sporting KC 1.
CHI: Mike Magee 7
CHI: Mike Magee 15
SKC: Dominic Dwyer (Benny Feilhaber) 68
Red Card: SKC -- Erik Palmer-Brown 64

Saturday, May 17
Toronto FC 2 New York 0.
TOR: Jermain Defoe (Bradley Orr) 12
TOR: Luke Moore (Joe Bendik) 95+
Att.: 22,591.



D.C. United 1 Montreal 1.
MTL: Jack McInerney (Justin Mapp) 56
DCU: Eddie Johnson (Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe) 84
Att.: 14,106.



Philadelphia 3 New England 5.

NE: A.J. Soares (Chris Tierney) 13
NE: Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen) 26
PHI: Vincent Nogueira (Danny Cruz) 36
NE: Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi) 49
NE: Chris Tierney 57
NE: Patrick Mullins (Diego Fagundez) 67
PHI: Sheanon Williams (Austin Berry, Sebastien LeToux) 76
PHI: Sebastien LeToux (pen.) 92+
Red Card: PHI – Cristian Maidana 82.
Att.: 18,812.

FC Dallas 1 Chivas USA 1.
CHV: Marco Delgado (Mauro Rosales, Martin Rivero) 60
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Jair Benitez) 83
Att.: 15,039.

Houston 1 LA Galaxy 0.
HOU: Giles Barnes (Mark Sherrod) 61.
Att.: 22,233.

Real Salt Lake 2 Colorado 1.
RSL: Joao Plata 23
RSL: Javier Morales 51
COL: Drew Moor (Dillon Serna) 83
Att.: 20,489.

Seattle 1 San Jose 0.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Gonzalo Pineda) 8
Att.: 49,746.

Portland 3 Columbus 3.
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Steve Zakuani) 5
CLB: Federico Higuain 14
CLB: Federico Higuain (Hector Jimenez) 45
POR: Gaston Fernandez (Fanendo Adi, Diego Valeri) 80
CLB Ethan Finlay (Federico Higuain) 81
POR: Will Johnson (Jack Jewsbury) 85
Red Card: POR -- Alvas Powell 34.
Att.: 20,814.



Wednesday, May 14
Sporting KC 1 Philadelphia 2.
PHI: Danny Cruz 40
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Paulo Nagamura) 80
PHI: Cristian Maidana (Andrew Wenger) 81
Red Card: PHI -- Corben Bone 90.
Att.: 19,073.



MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
20 New England 6-3-2 19/13
17 Sporting KC 5-4-2 16/10
17 Houston 5-5-2 18/19
15 D.C. United 4-3-3 14/12
14 New York 3-4-5 18/19
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13 Columbus 3-4-4 13/14
12 Toronto FC 4-4-0 9/9
12 Chicago 2-2-6 19/17
11 Philadelphia 2-6-5 15/20
7 Montreal 1-5-4 8/18

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
25 Seattle 8-3-1 23/19
23 Real Salt Lake 6-0-5 23/13
17 FC Dallas 5-5-2 21/20
16 Vancouver 4-2-4 16/12
15 Colorado 4-4-3 12/14
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10 San Jose 2-4-4 10/12
10 Chivas USA 2-5-4 13/20
10 Portland 1-3-7 16/19
9 LA Galaxy 2-3-3 8/7
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
9 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
8+1+1 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
8 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
6+1 Federico Higuain, Columbus
6+1 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
6 Will Bruin, Houston
6 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5+1 Gaston Fernandez, Portland
5+1 Obafemi Martins
, Seattle
5+1 Lee Nguyen, New England
5 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
5 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
5 Michel, FC Dallas
5 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE



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