Sporting KC (5-1-3) jumped into first place in the Western Conference with a 2-0 victory on Thursday (which was live televised on DSport) against the New York Red Bulls at Children’s Mercy Park. It was their second win in a row, and fourth in five games.
Sporting KC’S striker Dominic Dwyer is in his career’s-best form, scored two second-half goals, Tim Melia had his sixth shutout of the season and Sporting KC took the 2-0 lead over New York Red Bulls. Dwyer has scored five times in five games.
Sporting took the lead within in a minute of the restart, as Dwyer was in the right place at the right time to beat Sal Zizzo, playing center back in this match. Dwyer doubled the lead and grabbed his second of the night in the 68th minute.
New York’s best scoring chance came in the 28th minute when forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen forced a defensive turnover, but his breakaway shot was knocked over the crossbar by Melia.
46′ – SKC – Dom Dwyer
68′ – SKC – Dom Dwyer
Sporting lead the way: Kansas City is now the table topper of Western Conference club with their strong performance in all the games they’ve played. They have only allowed three goals in nine games, by far the lowest number (and rate) in MLS, and while the season is young, are on pace to crush the record, which they hold from 2012 (27 goals allowed in 34 games). If they can keep the defense as stingy as they have been, they’ll certainly be in the postseason reckoning.
Dwyer cashes in for points: Of course, wins are more palatable than 0-0 draws, and Dwyer’s tallies helped ensure maximum points on the night for Sporting. Dwyer has now scored five goals in five games, and an in-form Dwyer is a very good thing for Kansas City moving forward, especially with finishes being taken with his lesser-used right foot.
Rotation game for Red Bulls: One condition that likely played a role in the result was the line-ups used on each side. SKC’s Peter Vermes opted for a first-choice XI, while New York’s Jesse Marsch made six changes from his usual starting line-up, including the unusual choice of Zizzo in the center of defense. In this particular game, the experienced top group won out, of course, but with both teams in a double-game week, it will be interesting to see the squads selected on each team in the weekend games.
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