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Sporting KC clinches home playoff game, moves to first place with win at FC Dallas

Posted: 10:37 PM, Oct 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-21 23:37:05-04
Sporting KC clinches home playoff game, moves to first place with win at FC Dallas

(AP) — Roger Espinoza and Johnny Russell scored second-half goals and Sporting Kansas City beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Sunday to move atop the Western Conference.

Kansas City (17-8-8) is two points ahead of FC Dallas and Los Angeles FC, which plays at Sporting next week in the season finale. Dallas (16-8-9), which has lost two straight since a five-match unbeaten streak, plays at 11th-place Colorado.

Daniel Salloi opened the scoring in the 45th minute by hustling to a blocked shot and sending it inside the far post. Espinoza extended the lead in the 64th by redirecting a header. It was Sporting’s record-breaking 62nd goal of the season.

Russell scored his 10th goal on a penalty kick in the 87th for double-digit goals and assists in his debut season.

Both goalkeepers blocked a penalty kick. FC Dallas’ Jesse Gonzalez denied Ilie Sanchez’s attempt in the 17th and Kansas City’s Tim Melia went to his left to block Reto Ziegler’s left-footed shot in the 48th.

It was Kansas City’s first victory in Frisco since June 12, 2011.