Cameron Porter (pictured) celebrates after scoring Sporting Kansas City's first goal in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League win over visiting Central FC on October 19, 2016, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo: Mexsport)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Sporting Kansas City (1W-1D-2L, 4 points) scored all of its goals in the second half to rally for a 3-1 win over visiting Central FC (0-1-3, 1) in the last 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match for each on Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Park.
The victory gave SKC a second-place finish in Group D on four points, eight behind the Vancouver Whitecaps (4-0-0, 12), which had an unblemished record.
Against the run of play, Central FC took the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute, when Mickaeel Gordon was slipped in behind the host’s defense on the left side of the penalty area and calmly finished past goalkeeper Alec Kann.
Six minutes after the break, the Sporting equalized through Cameron Porter. The forward received a long ball over the Central FC defense, brought it to the ground with his chest and finished inside the left post with his right foot past goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams from eight-yards out.
The 2015 U.S. Open Cup champion took the lead in the 56th minute as 19-year old Nansel Selbol created slight space for himself on the edge of the penalty area and rifled a right-footed into the lower-right corner.
Selbol nearly added another three minutes later, but his volleyed off a right-sided cross crashed off the post. He did the same in the 77th minute from a curling effort.
Connor Hallisey converted a penalty kick in the first minute of stoppage time to complete the scoreline.
NOTES: The goal for Cameron Porter was his first in the SCCL since netting for the Impact de Montreal Impact in a 1-1 quarterfinal draw with visiting Pachuca on March 3, 2015.