Dwyer sends Sporting to 1-0 win over United

Dom Dwyer scored in the seventh minute and Sporting Kansas City
beat D.C. United 1-0 Friday night to move to the top of Major
League Soccer’s overall points standings.

Jimmy Nielsen needed just one clutch save to record his
league-leading 13th shutout for Sporting (16-10-7). Kansas City is
two points ahead of New York and Portland, who both play on
Saturday.

United (3-23-7) saw their winless streak reach 18 games and need
to win their season finale against Houston on Oct. 27 to avoid
finishing with the fewest wins in the league’s 18 seasons.

Dwyer’s goal came after United defender Perry Kitchen misplayed
a back pass and had the ball taken away by Sporting’s Peterson
Joseph. Joseph passed to Dwyer, who drove past goalkeeper Bill
Hamid and shot into the open net for his second goal of the
year.

Jared Jeffrey nearly equalized in the 15th minute, getting free
on Nielsen for a 1-on-1 after a through ball from Chris Pontius,
but Nielsen didn’t bite on Jeffrey’s feints and turned away his
shot from close range.