Sporting Kansas City
D.C. United
Friday, October 18, 20138:00 PM
Sporting Park MLS Regular SeasonCloudyNBCSNAttendance: 18932

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 7'SKCDominic Dwyer 


 90'+3'SKC Soony SaadTime wasting
 87'DC Dennis IapichinoFoul
 39'DC Perry KitchenFoul
 30'DC Jared JeffreyFoul
 29'DC Nick DeLeonFoul


Michael Seaton (F)
Conor Doyle (F)
Claudio Bieler (F)
Dominic Dwyer (F)
Dwayne De Rosario (M)
Luis Silva (F)
Lawrence Olum (D)
Peterson Joseph (M)
Collin Martin (M)
Nick DeLeon (M)
Graham Zusi (M)
Benny Feilhaber (M)

Starting Formations

1Nielsen7Myers3Opara5Besler15Sinovic10Feilhaber20Oriol Rosell19Joseph17Sapong14Dwyer22SaadM18371689311328Hamid22Korb23Kitchen21Woolard3Iapichino18DeLeon25Jeffrey24Neal13Pontius30Doyle12SilvaM721917313229RAA4


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Sporting Kansas City
1GJimmy Nielsen
7DChance Myers
3DIke Opara
5DMatt Besler
15DSeth Sinovic
10MBenny Feilhaber
20MOriol Rosell
19MPeterson Joseph
17FC.J. Sapong
14FDominic Dwyer
22FSoony Saad
D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
22DChris Korb
23DPerry Kitchen
21DDaniel Woolard
3DDennis Iapichino
18MNick DeLeon
25MJared Jeffrey
24MLewis Neal
13MChris Pontius
30FConor Doyle
12FLuis Silva
18Eric Kronberg
37Jacob Peterson
16Claudio Bieler
8Graham Zusi
9Teal Bunbury
31Josh Gardner
13Lawrence Olum
7Dwayne De Rosario
2James Riley
19Kyle Porter
17Conor Shanosky
31Joe Willis
32Collin Martin
29Michael Seaton
  Peter Vermes
  Ben Olsen

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RefereeChris Penso  
Assistant RefereeCraig Lowry  
Assistant RefereeCorey Parker  
Fourth OfficialAllen Chapman  
Friday, October 18, 2013
8:00 PM
Sporting Park

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – One down, one to go, and they still need a little help from their foes. But for a night, at least, Sporting Kansas City are in the Supporters' Shield lead.

Dom Dwyer's early goal lifted Sporting to a 1-0 victory over cellar-dwelling D.C. United on Friday night at frigid Sporting Park, giving Kansas City (16-10-7) 55 points going into next weekend's regular-season finale at Philadelphia.

That puts them two points ahead of New York and Portland in the Shield race, but both of those teams are in action later this weekend – the Timbers at home to Real Salt Lake on Saturday and the Red Bulls at Houston on Sunday.

Jimmy Nielsen needed only one save – a clutch stop at the quarter-hour mark – to earn his league-leading 13th clean sheet as Kansas City won for the fifth time in their last eight games and clinched a top-two finish in the Eastern Conference.

United's loss guaranteed that the surprise US Open Cup champions (3-23-7) will end the year with more victories in Cup competition (five) than in the 34-match league season. If they do not snap their 11-match winless streak in their final game, on Oct. 27 against Houston, they also will finish with the fewest victories in MLS' 18-year history.

With rain falling and temperatures in the mid-30s at kickoff, both sides found themselves looking less than sharp early on. It took just over six minutes for Dwyer to bag his game-winner, courtesy of bad ballhandling from the visitors and some hustle from teammate Peterson Joseph.

Jared Jeffrey sent a back pass to defender Perry Kitchen, who was slow in taking it and then misplayed the ball between his feet. Joseph closed, dispossessed Kitchen and sent the ball to Dwyer, who drove past 'keeper Bill Hamid and put his shot into the open net.

United had a golden chance to equalize in the 15th minute, when Chris Pontius' through ball sprung Jeffrey for a 1-on-1 with Nielsen. Jeffrey's stutter-stepping wasn't enough to get the veteran 'keeper to overcommit, though, and Nielsen stoned Jeffrey's shot from point-blank range.

That was United's only shot on goal, although the close scoreline meant Sporting couldn't relax until the final whistle

Sporting have one important home match to play before their date with the Union, but need only a draw against Honduras' CD Olimpia on Wednesday to advance to next year's knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Kitchen will miss D.C's finale on a yellow-card suspension, after being cautioned in the first half for a bad foul on Soony Saad.

Steve Brisendine covers Sporting Kansas City for Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Dom Dwyer Showed great awareness and a cool head to score the game's only goal and gave the D.C. defense plenty to think about for all his time on the field
2 Ike Opara Simply dominant in the air, made a couple good last-ditch clearances and let very little get past him. As good a game as any he's had in Sporting uniform
3 Matt Besler Not to be outdone by his defensive partner, Besler read the game and the bounce of the ball well, further securing things on the Sporting backline