Cedar Rapids Rampage

Cedar Rapids Rampage win fifth match in a row despite coaching upheaval

Rampage defeat Kansas City, 14-11, two days after firing of first-year Coach Jonathan Greenfield

Cedar Rapids 14, Kansas City 11
Cedar Rapids 14, Kansas City 11

CEDAR RAPIDS — There was a noticeable face missing from the Cedar Rapids Rampage bench Saturday night.

First-year Rampage player-coach Jonathan Greenfield was fired on Thursday, club general manager Chris Kokalis announced after Cedar Rapids defeated Kansas City, 14-11, at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“Jonathan and the organization have parted ways,” Kokalis said. “Just basically differences of opinion in regards to the squad. ... Obviously we wish him the best of luck and we’re grateful for the services given to the organization.”

Kokalis pointed to disagreements over personnel decisions and organizational philosophies that necessitated a change. He hopes to have a replacement named before the next home game on Friday.

“I’ll be with the squad through the weekend and we have a couple of candidates that we are talking to,” Kokalis said.

The Rampage travel to St. Louis Sunday for a 3 p.m. match against the winless Ambush (0-8).

“We’ve just got to stay together,” Rampage forward Taylor Bond said. “We’re on a roll right now and everything is starting to come together really nicely, so I think we’re on the right track so we’ll just keep going.”

Bond, 29, recorded his first hat trick of the season and added an assist as the Rampage (5-3) won their fifth game in a row and third over Kansas City (2-5).

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A 110-foot shot by Bond highlighted a 4-1 first quarter for the Rampage, but the Comets rallied with four-consecutive goals in the second quarter to take a brief 5-4 lead with 6:02 until halftime.

Cedar Rapids closed the first half with three goals, including the first score of the season for former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep Charlie Bales, and led at the break, 7-5.

“We just came out of the locker room, we knew what we had to do and we came together and we did it,” Bond said.

Kansas City got within one goal on three occasions in the second half, but a string of three scores by Derek Huffman, Bond and Alex Bradley extended the Rampage lead to 12-8 with 11:38 to go.

For the second week in a row, Cedar Rapids midfielder Bobby Hurwitz scored two late goals with a sixth attacker in for Kansas City that proved to be valuable insurance.

Midfielder Gordy Gurson finished with two goals and an assist, the sixth game in a row in which the Rampage captain has scored a goal.

Huffman also had two scores, while former Chicago Mustangs player Mario Alvarez recorded two assists in his Rampage debut.

Leo Rodriguez posted three goals and an assist for Kansas City.

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Cedar Rapids Rampage 14, Kansas City Comets 11

Kansas City 1 4 3 3—11

Cedar Rapids 4 3 3 4—14

Shots on goal — Kansas City 25, Cedar Rapids 26.

First period

Scoring — 1. Cedar Rapids: Victor France (Gordy Gurson), 11:06; 2. Cedar Rapids: Taylor Bond, 10:17; 3. Kansas City: Andre Braithwaite (Bryan Perez), 6:41; 4. Cedar Rapids: Derek Huffman (Mario Alvarez), 5:44; 5. Cedar Rapids: Gordy Gurson (Edwin Rojas), 1:02.

Second period

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Scoring — 6. Kansas City: Andre Braithwaite (Leo Gibson), 11:59; 7. Kansas City: Ignacio Flores (Bryan Perez), 10:01; 8. Kansas City: Anthony Grant (Gui Gomes), 7:33; 9. Kansas City: Lucas Rodriguez (Bryan Perez, 6:02; 10. Cedar Rapids: Tony Walls (Mario Alvarez); 11. Cedar Rapids: Gordy Gurson (Mohamed Kenaway), 4:00; 12. Cedar Rapids: Charlie Bales (Taylor Bond), 2:12.

Third period

Scoring — 13. Kansas City: Lucas Rodriguez (Anthony Grant), 13:31; 14. Cedar Rapids: Taylor Bond (Brett Petricek), 8:03; 15. Kansas City: Odaine Sinclair (Kiel Williams), 6:50; 16. Sam Guernsey (Gordy Gurson), 3:37; 17. Lucas Rodriguez (Leo Gibson); 18. Cedar Rapids: Derek Huffman, 0:53.

Fourth period

Scoring — 19. Cedar Rapids: Taylor Bond (Alex Bradley), 12:43; 20. Cedar Rapids: Alex Bradley (Joshio Sandoval), 11:38; 21. Kansas City: Milan Ivanovic (Lucas Rodriguez), 10:50; 22. Kansas City: Anthony Grant (Bryan Perez), 8:22; 23. Cedar Rapids: Bobby Hurwitz, 1:15; 24. Kansas City: Ignacio Flores, 1:03; 25. Cedar Rapids: Bobby Hurwitz, 0:09.

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