Entering the day, no one was arguing that hosts Minnesota United were a better side than Sporting KC.
The Loons were 11 points and 19 goals worth of differential behind Western Conference-leading KC.
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They still are, despite a 1-1 Sunday match which carried a fitting disparity on the pitch but nothing to separate the two on the scoreboard.
Khiry gets his just desserts
Oregon State product Khiry Shelton has been wonderful for Sporting KC this season, but the striker just hasn’t found the back of the goal.
That finally changed Sunday, when his downbound header got the better of Bobby Shuttleworth — more on him later — and allowed him a richly-deserved first SKC goal which could well break down the dam.
The eighth minute saw Shelton score his goal on one of just six Loons shot attempts.
Shuttleworth back in business
It’s not always sexy to go to the veteran backstop, but it looks like Adrian Heath should’ve called Bobby Shuttleworth’s name a long time ago.
Entering the day, Shuttleworth had the second-best WhoScored.com rating of any goalkeeper to appear in more than five matches (Evan Bush).
While certainly part of that has to do with the defensive actions foisted upon him, Shuttleworth was the main reason SKC’s 24-6 advantage in attempts failed to turn into anything other than a point.
Darwin Quintero has had more good matches than bad ones since joining the Loons, and added his third goal in seven matches with this rebound finish on Sunday.
Quintero had two goals and four assists in 17 Liga MX matches, but has been perfectly revitalized by the Minnesota air.