MLS Snapshot: Sporting KC 1-2 Colorado Rapids

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The game in 100 words (or less): Luis Solignac netted his second goal of the season after failing to net once last year to give Colorado a lead, but Sporting KC was the livelier team in a sloppy match in KC. That matters little if you fail to convert your chances, and KC couldn’t break through until Dom Dwyer slipped into space to provide an equalizer. Shkelzen Gashi scored his first MLS goal when he passed in a rebound to put Colorado back in front, and the Rapids are in a playoff spot before Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones have kicked a ball in anger.

Four moments that mattered

42′ — Horrific giveaway leads to classy finish — We’ll know MLS has reached the next level when we see fewer goals that begin with a player dribbling with no sense of what’s around him. In this case, it’s Lawrence Olum. Marco Pappa makes the steal, feeding Solignac for a cool finish. 1-0 Rapids.

67′ — Gashi clears his lines — Benny Feilhaber sent in a good-looking corner kick. Ike Opara rose high to head it on goal and… Shkelzen Gashi cleared it off the line. The D in DP is for defense, as reigning Swiss League leading scorer Gashi is still waiting for his first MLS goal.

77′ — Dwyer slips into space, heads home — Dwyer headed his 40th MLS goal home when Connor Hallisey’s cross into the box found the big scoring forward with no one marking him. Not a good idea. 1-1.

82′ — Feilhaber flubs, Gashi finishes — Benny Feilhaber had a bad giveaway, and Colorado made him pay. Dillon Serna cranked a ball off the crossbar, and Gashi was on the scene to poke the rebound home.

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Man of the match: Gashi

Goalscorers: Solignac (42′), Dwyer (77′), Gashi (82′)