The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City are now winless in six games after a 2-0 defeat away to the Houston Dynamo on Satuday. More troubling than the run of results is Sporting KC’s continued inability to create dangerous goal-scoring chances. Peter Vermes’ side enjoyed a whopping 67 percent of the game’s possession, but managed to put just three of 17 total shots on target. They never, ever looked like scoring or threatening Tyler Deric in goal. Brad Davis probably hoped his return to Houston, after spending 10 seasons wearing Dynamo orange, would have gone better. Alas, Houston (8 points) are still bottom of the Western Conference, but managed to crawl a point ahead of bottom-of-the-East side Chicago Fire in the race to avoid the Wooden Spoon (yes, that’s a real thing now). As for Sporting, they’ll remain sixth in the West for another week, but every side below the red cut-off line is creeping up on them.
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Three Two moments that mattered
29′ — Barnes smashes off the volley for 1-0 — A pair of failed clearances led to Barnes having a go with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area. That’s rarely a good thing for you.
45+1′ — Wenger roofs it from an unlikely angle — The inquest into how in the world Tim Melia didn’t make this save is underway in Kansas City. Wenger struck it well, but hit it right at Melia’s eyes.
Man of the match: Giles Barnes
Goalscorers: Barnes (30′), Wenger (45+1′)