Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City accomplished on Sunday
what other teams failed to do 36 consecutive times: defeat the Houston Dynamo
on home soil.
Aurelien Collin's tally late in the second half proved to be the difference as
SKC toppled the Dynamo, 1-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium to snap their MLS-record
36-game home unbeaten streak.
Both teams had a handful of chances on goal in the opening 45 minutes, but
neither side really looked like scoring in the first half.
After the break, Sporting had the first great chance of the second half in the
51st minute when Graham Zusi ripped a shot from outside the box on goal, but
Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall got down quickly to keep it out.
The hosts responded with a chance moments later when Ricardo Clark latched on
to a loose ball and unleashed a curling shot, but it sailed over the crossbar
to keep the match scoreless.
Sporting KC finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute when defender Seth
Sinovic lofted a throw-in from the left touchline into the box where Collin
outmuscled his mark and got his head to the ball, nodding it past Hall and in
for his second goal of the campaign.
Houston brought on veteran Brian Ching in the 76th minute to provide some
offensive spark as the Dynamo had a great chance in the 79th minute as Jason
Johnson, on his MLS debut, had a shot on goal that looked to be headed for the
far corner, but Sporting's Paulo Nagamura was able to head it off the line.
The hosts had one final great chance in stoppage time as Ching laid one off to
Brad Davis in the box for a shot, but Davis' touch on the ball was a bit
heavy, allowing Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to make the save and keep
his team in front.
The result sees Sporting move into a three-way tie for second place in the
East on 20 points with Houston and the Montreal Impact.
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