America’s First Soccer City takes decisive win against Sporting Kansas City

CITY SC wins 4-0 against Kansas City
CITY SC faced the Chicago Fire on May 13.
CITY SC faced the Chicago Fire on May 13.(St. Louis CITY SC)
Published: May. 20, 2023 at 6:47 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - St. Louis CITY SC took a decisive 4-0 win against Sporting KC during their rivalry match at CITYPARK on Saturday night.

CITY was the first to score in minute 18 from a penalty kick taken by midfielder Eduard Löwen.

CITY doubled the lead with a shot by midfielder Indiana Vassilev. The opportunity began with a clean sliding tackle by Njabulo Blom.

CITY continued to increase their lead with a goal by Nicholas Gioacchini in minute 54.

CITY kept adding to their lead with a second goal on the night for Vassilev in minute 74, giving CITY a 4-0 lead over rival Kansas City.

Goalkeeper Roman Bürki put in work to earn his clean sheet on Saturday with multiple remarkable saves. Notably, a diving save in minute 84, denying Sporting any goals for the match.

“Roman Bürki! Unbelievable diving save! Breaking things up like a 25th birthday and a Leo DiCaprio relationship,” said play-by-play CITY SC radio broadcaster Joey Zanaboni.


Tonight’s match will be a game against Kansas City’s “Soccer Capital of America” and St. Louis’ “First Soccer City.” CITY has put up many billboards across St. Louis and down I-70 to showcase the city’s history with soccer.

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis opened its Soccer City exhibit in April, which showcases the history of soccer in St. Louis, starting back in 1875.

St. Louis has more to prove than just its roots in soccer culture tonight, however. The team goes into tonight’s match with back-to-back loses against the Chicago Fire, which knocked them out of the U.S. Open Cup and then gave them a loss in a regular season MLS match. CITY has not gotten an MLS win since their 5-1 win against Cincinnati on April 15. CITY is 6-1-4 on the season with a 9-point goal differential.

Sporting KC also has a lot to prove with a current record 2-3-7, with a -8-point goal differential for the season.

For more information on St. Louis CITY SC, check out our guide to the 2023 season.