Match Report | St. Louis CITY SC Kicks Off Rivalry Against Sporting KC with an Emphatic 4-0 Win


St. Louis CITY SC scored a pair of goals in each half to record a massive 4-0 win against cross-state rivals Sporting KC. CITY SC opened the scoring in the 19th minute through Eduard Löwen, before Indiana Vassilev doubled the hosts lead ahead of the halftime break. CITY SC forward Niko Gioacchini added a third before Vassilev curled home his second of the night.

Back to Winning Ways

St. Louis CITY SC got back to winning ways in extraordinary fashion, scoring four against their rivals Sporting KC. Prior to tonight CITY SC last won at home against FC Cincinnati back in April. With the win, CITY SC jumps to 22 points, which is good for third in the MLS Western Conference standings, three points behind LAFC and one point behind Seattle Sounders.

Indiana Vassilev, Man of the Match

St. Louis CITY SC midfielder Indiana Vassilev found the back of the net twice against Sporting KC and was very involved throughout the game. Vassilev was also responsible for drawing the penalty that Eduard Löwen scored to put CITY SC up 1-0.

Postgame Notes

  • Roman Bürki recorded his third clean sheet of the season
  • With six saves on the night, Bürki now has five MLS games with five or more saves this season, tying Djordie Petrovic and Brad Stover for the most in MLS
  • With his two assists tonight, Jared Stroud became the fourth CITY SC player to record a multi-assist game across all competitions
  • Stroud is the third CITY SC player to record a multi-assist game in MLS action (Löwen vs Austin FC and Klauss vs FC Cincinnati)
  • Stroud's five (5) key passes set the new single-game high for CITY SC
  • With his brace tonight, Indiana Vassilev is now the third CITY SC player to record a multi-goal game across all competitions
  • Vassilev is the second CITY SC player to record a multi-goal game in MLS play (Klauss vs Real Salt Lake)
  • CITY SC remains undefeated (5-0-1) in MLS action when they score first
  • CITY SC has scored at least three (3) goals in every home win this season (3-1 vs Charlotte, 3-0 vs San Jose, 5-1 vs FC Cincinnati, 4-0 vs Sporting KC)
  • St. Louis native John Klein made his MLS debut, after joining CITY SC from CITY2
  • Löwen and Gioacchini are now tied for the most goals at CITYPARK this season across all competitions with four (4) goals each

Goal-Scoring Plays
STL – Eduard Löwen (penalty),19th minute:Eduard Löwen converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

STL – Indiana Vassilev (Jared Stroud),25th minute:Indiana Vassilev left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

STL – Niko Gioacchini (Jared Stroud),55th minute:Nicholas Gioacchini right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

STL – Indiana Vassilev (Tomáš Ostrák),75th minute:Indiana Vassilev left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Next Game

St. Louis CITY SC remains in town for a home match against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, May 27.

May 20, 2023 – CITYPARK (St. Louis, MO)

Goals by Half

STL: First (2) Second (2) Final (4)

SKC: First (0) Second (0) Final (0)

Scoring Summary

STL: Eduard Löwen (penalty), 19

STL: Indiana Vassilev (Jared Stroud), 25

STL: Niko Gioacchini (Jared Stroud), 55

STL: Indiana Vassilev (Tomáš Ostrák), 75

Misconduct Summary

SKC: Gadi Kinda (caution), 28

STL: Jake Nerwinski (caution), 30

SKC: Daniel Salloi (caution), 42


STL:GK Roman Bürki ©; D Jake Nerwinski, D Njabulo Blom (Miguel Perez 78'), DKyle Hiebert, D Lucas Bartlett, D Tim Parker; M Jared Stroud (Tomáš Ostrák 69'), M Eduard Löwen (John Klein 79'), M Célio Pompeu; F Niko Gioacchini (Aziel Jackson 88'), F Indiana Vassilev

Substitutes Not Used: D Josh Yaro, D Selmir Pidro, D Jon Bell, M Isak Jensen, GK Ben Lundt


SKC:GK Kendall McIntosh; D Andreu Fontas, D Dany Rosero, D Graham Zusi (Jake Davis 63'), D Tim Leibold (Logan Ndenbe 46'); M Nemanja Radoja, M Gadi Kinda (Eric Thommy 46'), M Remi Walter (Roger Espinoza 77'); F Johnny Russell © (Marinos Tzionis 77'), F Alan Pulido, F Daniel Salloi

Substitutes Not Used:GK John Pulskamp, M Felipe Hernandez, F Stephen Afrifa, D Chris Rindov


*All stats here are unofficial

Referee: Chris Penso

Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Ryan Graves

Fourth Official: Jeffrey Swartzel

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

AVAR: Kaili Terry


Weather: Clear, 67 degrees