Sporting KC wastes chance for playoff berth in home loss to Rapids
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dillon Powers and Marcelo Sarvas scored late goals and the Colorado Rapids beat Sporting Kansas City 2–0 on Wednesday night for their first road victory in the series since 2002.
Powers chipped goalkeeper Tim Melia at the end of a counter attack in the 78th minute and, after Colorado was reduced to 10 men, Sarvas powered in a shot on another breakaway in the 86th.
Colorado (9-14-10) snapped a six-game winless streak, which included four straight losses. Sporting KC (13-11-9) needs to beat Los Angeles on Sunday to secure a playoff spot.
Zac MacMath made his second start of the season for Colorado and got his first shutout. Sam Cronin picked up his second yellow card in the 84th on a high challenge of Jordi Quintilla.
Sporting KC’s best scoring chance came when Dominic Dwyer played a through ball inside the box in the 71st, but Graham Zusi’s shot hit off the crossbar. Two minutes later, MacMath made a kick save of Soni Mustivar’s deflected shot.