MLS: K.C. Wizards knock off N.Y., take over first in East
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Claudio Lopez scored on a penalty kick in the third minute, helping the Kansas City Wizards extend their unbeaten streak to four matches with a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday night.
New York's Carlos Johnson was sent off in the second minute for pulling down Herculez Gomez in the penalty area, the fastest red-card foul in Major League Soccer history. The previous fastest ejection came in MLS' inaugural season, when New England's Aidan Heaney received a red card in the third minute against Colorado on May 25, 1996.
Kevin Hartman recorded his third shutout of the season for Kansas City (3-2-1), which is 3-0-1 since starting the season with two losses. New York (1-3-2) was coming off its first win of the season, 2-0 against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Lopez made the penalty kick look easy. He got Jon Conway to dive to his left, putting a slow roller to the keeper's right for the winner.
Hartman was honored before the game for becoming the MLS career saves leader. He had two Thursday night, including a deflection of Juan Pablo Angel's shot in the closing seconds of second-half stoppage time.
Wizards midfielder Jack Jewsbury was taken to a hospital with a slight concussion after being elbowed by in the head by New York's Carlos Mendes in the 17th minute. Jewsbury initially stayed in the game after the injury but was replaced by Michael Harrington in the 32nd minute.