Sporting Kansas City 1, Colorado Rapids 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Sporting Kansas City returned to their winning ways and extended their lead in the Western Conference.
Led by a first-half goal from Daniel Salloi, SKC earned a hard-fought 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday to move four points clear of second-place LAFC in the West.
Tim Howard kept Colorado in the game with four big saves but it wasn't enough to prevent Colorado's third straight loss as Dominique Badji missed a wide-open chance to score the equalizer in the 80th minute.
- 16' — SKC — Dániel Sallói WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: SKC did what you’d expect a first-place team to do at home, controlling the game both in terms of possession and scoring chances. If not for some nice goalkeeping from Howard, a goal-line save from Danny Wilson, and three shots that struck woodwork, the hosts easily could have turned the contest into a rout. Regardless, they’ll be happy to walk away from a physical game that featured 33 fouls and four yellow cards with three points in their pocket.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The game’s only goal came in the 16th minute after Ike Opara headed a long ball from Matt Besler into the path of Khiry Shelton, whose header hit the post before Salloi banged in the rebound. It was a great buildup and timely finish from the 21-year-old Hungarian.
Daniel Salloi: "I think we created a lot of chances, and it was one of those days when you miss them. We're a good team, and good teams win, so if you have a bad day of finishing chances you can still win." #SportingKC pic.twitter.com/W8VGBvO6Fc— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) May 6, 2018
- MAN OF THE MATCH: On top of his second goal of the season, Salloi wreaked havoc on the left wing (while Johnny Russell did the same on the opposite side). Salloi’s finishing was a little bit off as only three of his eight shots were on target, but he continually found open space while making a few terrific centering passes and through balls that could have easily turned into assists.