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.