Highlights and context: Sporting KC wins over D.C. United


Sporting Kansas City needed a striker just like Clauidio Bieler to help round out a solid roster – and the team from the heartland dutifully went out and got him.

D.C. United needed a striker of similar ability – but the team from the nation’s capital shrugged and went with what was on the roster.

So here we are.

Bieler scored his fourth goal in six matches for Sporting Kansas City in a 1-0 win Friday at Sporting Park. He is among the league leaders.

Lionard Pajoy, the main strike element for the visitors from United, suffered another in a succession of frustrating, scoreless nights. He now has nine goals in 37 MLS appearances – hardly the hit rate for a first-choice striker on a conference contender.

At some point, all this hard work the man puts in, harassing defenders and such, just isn’t enough. The sooner D.C. United’s deciders figure that out, the better. For now, here’s what they have on the attack (which, in fairness, was missing injured playmaker Dwayne De Rosario). This is from the Washington Post:

D.C. United has scored two goals in 450 minutes this season: a header off a rebound and a opportunistic shot from distance with the goalkeeper scrambling back into position. That’s it. In three away matches, United has not scored while placing a grand total of three shots on target.

Here are highlights from last night’s sometimes contentious match, which leaves Sporting KC second in the East, six spots ahead of United.