St. Louis CITY SC Earn a point on the road against Sporting KC

St. Louis City SC

April 21, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
St. Louis City SC News Report

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis CITY SC came from behind twice to secure a point in a 3-3 goal celebration against their rival Sporting KC. Alan Pulido gave the hosts the lead before Klauss and Célio Pompeu gave CITY SC a 2-1 lead heading into half-time. Goals from Dániel Sallói and Erik Thommy regained the lead for Sporting KC, but Tomas Totland’s last-minute strike earned CITY SC a well-deserved draw. The draw was CITY SC’s first point at Sporting KC’s Children’s Mercy Park.

Post-game notes

Klauss scored his second goal in a row, giving him three goals this season

Klauss picked up his first assist of the season

The match marked the second time Klauss recorded a goal and an assist in the same match for CITY SC (the other match was on March 25, 2023, 4-0 W vs Real Salt Lake)

Rasmus Alm picked up his second assist of the season

CITY SC is 14-7-7 all-time with Alm on the field and is 8-3-3 when he starts

For the second week in a row, Alm provided the assist for Klauss’ goal

Chris Durkin picked up his first assist for CITY SC

Célio Pompeu scored his third goal of the season

Tomas Totland scored his first goal for CITY SC

The goal marked Totland’s third goal contribution of the season (1 goal, 2 assists)

Pompeu has now scored in his last two games at Children’s Mercy Park, having netted the only goal for CITY SC in the away leg of the 2023 MLS Playoffs

CITY SC now has a 2-1-1 all-time against Sporting KC in the regular season

The draw marked the first point for CITY SC at Children’s Mercy Park

St. Louis has earned at least a point from a losing position in five of their nine MLS matches this season (1-1 vs. Real Salt Lake, 2-2 vs. Austin FC, 3-3 vs. LA Galaxy, 2-2 vs. DC United and 3-3 against Sporting KC)

CITY SC defeated Sporting KC 20-7 on the night. Over the past two games, St. Louis has outscored its opponents 31-9.

Goal games

SKC: Alan Pulido (Willy Agada), 17th minute – Alan Pulido scored with a left footed shot from the center of the box.

STL: Klauss (Rasmus Alm, Chris Durkin), 31st minute – João Klauss scored with a right footed shot from the center of the box.

STL: Célio Pompeu (Klauss), 45’+3 minute – Célio Pompeu scored with a right footed shot from the left half outside the penalty area.

SKC: Dániel Sallói, (Johnny Russell), 65th minute – Dániel Sallói scored with a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area.

SKC: Erik Thommy (Andreu Fontàs), 77th minute – Erik Thommy scores from the center of the penalty area.

STL: Tomas Totland, 90’+2 minute – Tomas Totland scored with a right footed shot from the right side of the penalty area.

April 20, 2024 – Kinder Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kansas)

Goals per half 1 2 F

Sporty KC 1 2 3

St.Louis CITY SC 2 1 3

Score overview

SKC: Alan Pulido (Willy Agada), 17

STL: Klauss (Rasmus Alm, Chris Durkin), 31

STL: Célio Pompeu (Klauss), 45’+3

SKC: Dániel Sallói, (Johnny Russell), 65

SKC: Erik Thommy (Andreu Fontàs), 77

STL: Tomas Totland, 90’+2

Summary of misconduct

SKC: Dániel Sallói, 45’+7

SKC: Nemanja Radoja, 47

STL: Tim Parker, 63

SKC: Jake Davis, 71

STL: Célio Pompeu, 85


SKC: GK Tim Melia; D Andreu Fontas, D Dany Rosero, D Tim Leibold, D Jake Davis; M Nemanja Radoja, M Erik Thommy, M Remi Walter; F Daniel Salloi ©, F Alan Pulido, F Willy Agada (Johnny Russell 54′)

Substitutes not used: GK John Pulskamp, ​​​​D Robert Voloder, M Memo Rodriguez, F Khiry Shelton, D Robert Castellanos, F Alenis Vargas, D Zorhan Bassong, D Kayden Pierre


STL: GK Roman Bürki ©; D Tomas Totland, D Tim Parker, D Kyle Hiebert, D Anthony Markanich (Nikolas Dyhr 88′); M Chris Durkin, M Tomáš Ostrák (Hosei Kijima 64′), M Ramus Alm (Nökkvi Thórisson 73′), M Indiana Vassilev (Aziel Jackson 64′), M Célio Pompeu; F Klauss

Substitutes not used: GK Ben Lundt, M Akil Watts, D Joakim Nilsson, D Jake Nerwinski


Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistant referees: Justin Howard, Diego Blas

Fourth official: Lukasz Szpala

VAR: Geoff Gamble

AVAR: Robert Schaap

Location: Kinder Mercy Park

Weather: clear, 52 degrees


Head coach Bradley Carnell

On whether there was an emphasis on being more physical tonight:

Yeah, I mean, it’s a derby, right? And we rise for these moments. And the stakes are high. A lot has happened here in twelve months. So for us it was a natural reaction to want and believe that we can do it. We knew we were good at this game and we showed that in many parts of this game. So again, yes, I think the goals were well taken and deserved. But again, we have to go back to the drawing board and give in, even though we have been so bold in the last few games.

About Tomas Totland’s goal:

Once again we just had to make a play. We pushed (Chris Durkin) in as a central defender to get the wingers with (Nikolas Dyhr) and (Tomas Totland) as wingers to flood the box with (Nökkvi Thórisson) and (Célio Pompeu) and Klauss who did great things today . So yeah, we just tried to put a little bit of pressure on the opponent’s backline and give the guys credit for not giving up, and that’s something this team continues to show: a ‘just never say’ attitude.

On Klauss’ overall performance during the evening:

Well, I think you can see the trend and the curve line moving in the right direction now in several weeks from now with Klauss, and not just with his work right now. Today he is the creator, he is the finisher. And he has shown a lot in recent weeks. So again, we know that Klauss is a special player, we know that he loves these types of games, and he stands up for these games. But yeah, I think it’s a normal curve for a guy who’s finding his form, a guy who’s confident, backs his teammates and does just about anything to win us the game, to put us in a position to win the match. So again, he’s lasting 90 minutes, he’s getting fitter, he’s getting sharper, so I’m excited about his trajectory.

Defender Tomas Totland

On his emotions after scoring the equalizer:

I’d say the last goal was more relief than joy. When we came back 3-3, it felt like the game was getting away from us and they scored those two goals within two minutes, but hey, we showed again that we won’t give up and take that one point back.

On his defensive role on the wing in the match:

They are a good team but I feel like we came here to their stadium and played football and yes it was a big battle, 3-3 is a tough game. But yeah, we’ll take one point from here and move on.

About the goals the team conceded:

I haven’t seen them back yet but it’s never nice to let goals in and that’s something we have to look at, but we also scored three goals so that’s something to be happy about too, especially on away games , but yes, you never enjoy letting in three goals.

Midfielder Célio Pompeu

About what he saw on his target tonight:

Oh, so yeah, the goal starts on the right. Klauss body-bombed the player and he went down. But he started there and he did well. He made his run to clear space for me. So when he made that run, I went to the middle and did what I did in practice. I practiced my finishing a lot this week, so yeah, it was good. All week I was practicing my finishing so that my good work was rewarded.

If the team wanted to be more physical today:

Every match we want to be aggressive, but especially today it’s a derby, you know, always more passion, more yellow cards, more fights. So yeah, it’s always good to be tough in these games.

On what he saw from the team in the final minutes of the game:

I think we never stopped fighting, we never gave up, that’s what I love about this team. We don’t give up. We always keep going, we can lose, but we never let our heads down, we always keep fighting and that’s what happened. We started on one side, playing on the weak side. One of the principles is to play against the weak side to build the game and I am happy for (Tomas) Totland, he scored his first goal. Well deserved.

Striker João Klauss

On what he took away from the game:

Yes, learning moments, but how long and how often do we have to make these mistakes to learn, right? I think we played a great first half, but I think the first fifteen minutes of the second half were also very good. We had the chance to score and especially when we are away, we have to score. I know it’s not always possible, but we have to try to play the game out there. And then I think from the 60th minute we gave up the ball and then we started chasing. And when you start chasing, you get tired and we didn’t hold the ball enough like in the first half, and then we didn’t find the spaces anymore. And then we were just playing defense, so I mean, I think that’s what we have to learn too: how to manage these games.

About Tomas Totland’s goal:

It was great, I think it was very important for us. Being away in the MLS is always difficult. Getting one point was good for us. And I think we played for the first half and for the game. I had maybe 20 minutes better than us. I don’t think we deserved to lose this game. So I guess we got our reward.

On his challenge that led to Celio’s goal:

Maybe a lot of people will argue that it was mean, but I think for me it’s just like a normal match. It was like we were both running towards each other and I think it’s just like a normal duel. Yes, I’m glad I beat him because then I was able to find Célio (Pompeu) and then Célio, unbelievable.

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