Dwyer sends Sporting to 1-0 win over United

Dom Dwyer’s seventh-minute goal gave Sporting Kansas City a 1-0

home win over D.C. United on Friday to move to the top of Major

League Soccer’s overall points standings.

Kansas City is two points ahead of New York and Portland, who

both play on Saturday.

United 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. So far it has won

three.

After Dwyer’s early goal, Jared Jeffrey nearly equalized in the

15th minute for United when he got free for a 1-on-1 at close range

but goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen held his ground and blocked the

shot.