KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City might not be good. Actually, they might be bad. After breaking their seven-game winless skid last week, Peter Vermes’ side seemed to have turned the corner not only in victory but sheer dominance of Orlando City SC. Fast forward six days to Saturday night, and they looked the same lost side that zombie-walked through the month of April and the first half of May. Real Salt Lake came into Children’s Mercy Park, withstood a few chances inside the first 30 minutes, then rocked Sporting KC across the jaw three times in 21 minutes to secure a 3-1 away victory for their second triumph in this building this season. Most notably for Sporting, Matt Besler looks a shell of his former (read: 2014 World Cup and before) self, winding up responsible for two of RSL’s goals on the night thanks to all-too-characteristic gaffes. With the defeat, Sporting (17 points) remains seventh in the Western Conference, as RSL (20) catapult all the way up to third in the West.
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Three moments that mattered
32′ — Burrito finishes at the far post for 1-0 — The giveaway by Besler was totally unnecessary. From there, RSL made it look easy working the space out wide and feeding it to the back post.
45+2′ — Movsisyan finishes off Davis’s back — It’s just been this kind of month (or two) for Sporting KC.
50′ — Dwyer pulls one back early in the 2nd half — Jimmy Medranda, who’s playing left back, is now the no. 10.
53′ — Movsisyan dusts Coelho and restores the two-goal lead — Benny Feilhaber giveaway -> Besler whiffs on the through ball -> Nuno Andre Coelho can’t run with Movsisyan -> cool, composed finish.
Man of the match: Yura Movsisyan
Goalscorers: Martinez (32′), Davis (45+2′ – OG), Dwyer (50′), Movsysian (53′)