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April 14, 2012 8:30 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ K. Stott‎
Attendance:‬ 19422‎
 
 

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Real Salt Lake: Collin heads home winner for SKC

A 63rd minute header from Aurélien Collin gave Sporting Kansas City a lead it would never lose.

By Allen Ramsey

Alvaro Saborio, Kei Kamara; Real Salt Lake - Sporting Kansas City
Jamie Squire
It took Sporting Kansas City nine corners to get one right, but when it did Aurélien Collin headed home the only goal of the match 63 minutes in to give Sporting a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

The match between two of the best clubs in MLS was not without drama prior to the goal. C.J. Sapong looked to have given his team a lead with a looping header just before the break, but he was judged to have pushed off a defender and the goal was waved off.

Shortly after the break Sapong had another chance to put his team in front, getting a foot to a passed set piece and curling it just the wrong side of the post.

Collin scored his second goal of the year off a towering header from Graham Zusi's corner, and Sporting managed to hold on for the win despite a push from Salt lake to find an equalizer.

In the second half, RSL put a shot on frame to end Sporting KC's MLS-record streak at 335 minutes without allowing a shot on goal. Sporting is the second team to win the first six games of a season; the 1996 LA Galaxy is the other.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
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5
Matt Besler
Defender
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7
Chance Myers
Defender
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15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
89′
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78
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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Julio César
Defender
51′
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15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
82′
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17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
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-
Kei Kamara
Striker
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Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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2
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4
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6
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17
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4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
51′
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
76′
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26
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9
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15

Substitutes

21
Jon Kempin
Goalkeeper
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5
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
51′ 76′
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32
Luke Sassano
Midfielder
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10
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37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
82′
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Substitutes

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28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
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28
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-
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22
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23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
76′
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21

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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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Seattle Sounders
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V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
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Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1