Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Claudio Bieler's strike right at the
death handed Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Friday at
Sporting's clean sheet extends the club's shutout streak to an impressive 429
consecutive minutes and they have not allowed a goal since falling to Toronto
FC, 2-1. back on March 9.
Sporting KC was on the front foot from the first whistle and its first great
chance of the night came in the 19th minute when defender Matt Besler powered
one into the penalty area with a long throw-in. Bieler got his head to it, but
flicked it just wide of the United net.
The hosts had several more chances to find the back of the net, but almost
went down a goal right at the end of the first half as United best chance came
in the 45th minute.
United forward Lionard Pajoy controlled a ball on the left wing, worked his
way past Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin and fired a shot toward
goal, but it sizzled past the near post and the teams went into the break
Sporting KC kept the pressure up in the second half and it paid off in the
final minute of regulation when Soony Saad beat his defender to the end line
and sent a low cross into the box where Bieler powered it past United
goalkeeper Bill Hamid with a first-time, left-footed rocket.
The Sporting KC Designated Player has four goals in his first six matches.
D.C. United sent numbers forward in search of an equalizer as the fourth
official's board showed five minutes of stoppage time, but the visitors were
unable to produce the goal they needed to come away with a point.
Sporting Kansas City rises to second place in the Eastern Conference on 11
points, while D.C. United remains in eighth place with four points from five
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