MLS Review: Opara scores stunner for Sporting, Accam nets hat trick

Eric Hartline
The defender scored with a bicycle kick as SKC continued their fine MLS season with a win over the LA Galaxy

Sporting Kansas City pulled clear atop the Western Conference in MLS thanks to an Ike Opara stunner, while David Accam scored a hat trick for the Chicago Fire.

Roger Espinoza and Opara were on the score sheet as Sporting claimed a 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

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Espinoza struck from distance in the 22nd minute, Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop punching the effort into his own net.

Then came Opara's brilliant goal as the center back delivered with a bicycle kick to put his team 2-0 up.

David Romney pulled a goal back in the second half for the Galaxy, but Sporting held on to move five points clear atop the conference.

Accam netted three times as Chicago thrashed Orlando City 4-0.

The Ghanaian opened the scoring in style just three minutes in, his sublime back-heel from a Matt Polster cross beating goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

Accam made it 2-0 just five minutes later, getting on the end of a Bastian Schweinsteiger pass before rounding Bendik and finishing.

MLS top goal scorer Nemanja Nikolic struck early in the second half on a ball from Accam before the Ghanaian completed his hat trick, and the resounding win, from the penalty spot.

New York City claimed derby bragging rights with a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls thanks to goals from Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat.

The Philadelphia Union overcame D.C. United 1-0 thanks to a Fabrice Picault goal, but there was controversy at Talen Energy Stadium.

D.C. midfielder Luciano Acosta had been shown a red card after a tangle in the 74th minute, but it was stunningly rescinded moments later .

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Just four minutes earlier, United's Lamar Neagle was denied from the penalty spot as the home side claimed the win.

Federico Higuain scored a brace as the Columbus Crew proved too good for the Montreal Impact 4-1.

Atlanta United recorded a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps drew 2-2 and a 10-man San Jose Earthquakes held on to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1.