The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City out-played, out-manned and out-classed the Vancouver Whitecaps at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday, in the form of a more-comfortable-than-the-score-lets-on 2-1 victory, making the former one of just two teams (so far – Montreal Impact) with six points from their first two games of the 2016 MLS season. Dom Dwyer’s first-half brace, coupled with Jordan Smith’s first-half stoppage-time red card, was all Sporting KC would need for their second victory in as many weeks. Pedro Morales pulled the visitors to within a goal with a 70th-minute penalty kick, but nothing more was doing for the visitors. Despite Peter Vermes’ assertion that he wants his team to peak and reach optimal fitness during the summer months, a 2-0-0 start — against a pair of formidable Western Conference foes, no less — is a better start to 2016 than anyone could have hoped.
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Three moments that mattered
5′ — Dwyer fires SKC into the lead from waaayyy downtown — Turnovers inside your defensive half are bad. They’re even worse when Dom Dwyer is feeling himself from the opening whistle, decides to have a go from 25 yards out and bangs one in off the underside of the crossbar.
41′ — Dwyer doubles the lead after some beautiful build-up — Graham Zusi’s cross-field ball cut the Whitecaps defense to pieces, but there was still a lot of work to be done on Chance Myers’ first-time cross to the back post. It was on target, making the finish oh so easy for Dwyer’s second of the night.
45+1′ — Smith hacks down Zusi, sees red — There is no place in the game for tackles like this. MLS has just about reached its annual “why in the world would you think you can do that?” challenges.
Man of the match: Dom Dwyer
Goalscorers: Dwyer (5, 41′), Morales (70′ – PK)