KANSAS CITY, MO. – Tacoma Defiance (10-3-4, 37 points) defeated Sporting Kansas City II (7-8-2, 23 points) 3-0 Friday night at Mercy Victory Field. Marlon Vargas had a brace and Georgi Minoungou added his first goal to claim the victory.
Tacoma opened up the scoring early through Minoungou. Defiance captain Randy Mendoza received a ball at the edge of the area, crossing a pass to the feet of Minoungou, who finished into the top right corner of the net to give the visitors the lead. Vargas then scored his team-leading 10th goal of the year in the 21st minute. The midfielder caught Kansas City on the counterattack off a corner, receiving a ball from Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez at midfield and sprinting up an empty pitch, finishing past the Kansas City keeper.
Vargas bagged his brace in the 53rd minute, also on a counterattacking play. Vargas found the ball just outside the area and passed it back to Ocampo-Chavez before getting the ball again and firing a shot into the back of the net.
Following tonight’s match, Wade Webber’s side returns home to Starfire Stadium to take on St. Louis City SC 2 for the second time this season on Saturday, July 20 (7:00p.m. PT / mlsnextpro.com).
Tacoma Defiance 3 – Sporting Kansas City II 0
Friday, July 22, 2022
Venue: Mercy Victory Field
Referee: Esad Omanovic
Weather: 95 degrees and partly cloudy
TAC – Georgi Minoungou (Randy Mendoza) 3’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez) 21’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez) 53’
TAC – Georgi Minoungou (caution) 39’
TAC – Travian Sousa (caution) 39’
SKC – Coby Jones (caution) 45+1’
TAC – Josh Atencio (caution) 65’
SKC – Jake Davis (caution) 90+2’
SKC – Bakary Bagayoko (caution) 90+3’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas, Cody Baker, Stuart Hawkins, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Randy Mendoza – captain, Josh Atencio (Etienne Veillard 79’), Reed Baker-Whiting, Georgi Minoungou (Juan Alvarez 54’), Marlon Vargas (Joe Hafferty 61’), Travian Sousa (Snyder Brunell 79’), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Achille Robin, Hal Uderitz
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 4
Sporting Kansas City II – Kendall McIntosh, Kaveh Rad, Cole McLagan (Nati Clarke 74’), Esai Easley, Josh Coan, Collin Fernandez (Cade Thompson 74’), Curtez Kellman, Jacob Davis, Coby Jones (Spencer Glass HT), Julian Vazquez (Kian Alberto HT), Rauf Salifu (Bakary Bagayoko HT)
Substitutes not used: Joseph Tetteh, Tijani Fatah, Jahon Rad, Ethan Bandre
Total shots: 12
Shots on goal: 1