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October 18, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 18932‎
 
 

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 D.C. United: Sporting ekes close victory to go top

Peter Vermes' men take sole possession of first place, though the Shield race will be tight after this weekend's matches.

By Keith Hickey

Peter Vermes
Mike Stobe
Sporting Kansas City labored to a 1-0 win against D.C. United at Sporting Park to take the overall lead in Major League Soccer.

The hosts took a lead in just the seventh minute. Under pressure for KC forward CJ Sapong, D.C.'s PErry Kitchen attempted a backpass, but it was intercepted by KC's Dom Dwyer, who then rounded goalkeeper Bill Hamid to finish into the empty net.

Despite conceding an early goal, United was no pushover as the Red and Black were desperate in their last chance for an away win in the 2013 season. Jared Jeffey had D.C.'s best chance of the night in the 15th minute but perhaps had too much time to waver and his breakaway shot was stopped at close range by Jimmy Nielsen.

The win gives Sporting (16-10-7) 55 points, more than any other team in the league, although New York, Portland and Salt Lake could equal or better that total with their games in hand.

D.C. (3-23-7) remains in last place in MLS.


Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
 - 
10
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
46′
 - 
19
Peterson Joseph
Midfielder
58′
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
 - 
14
Dominic Dwyer
Striker
7′ 78′
 - 
17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
93′
 - 

D.C. United

 - 
28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
24
 - 
22
Chris Korb
Defender
 - 
12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
63′
 - 
13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
 - 
14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
29′ 46′
 - 
23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
39′
 - 
24
Lewis Neal
Midfielder
 - 
25
Jared Jeffrey
Midfielder
30′
 - 
30

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
58′
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
46′
 - 
31
 - 
10
 - 
16
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
James Riley
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
17
Conor Shanosky
Midfielder
 - 
27
Collin Martin
Midfielder
46′
 - 
19
Kyle Porter
Midfielder
 - 
29

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1