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Sporting KC edges Sounders on penalty-kick goal

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Benny Feilhaber scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute and Kansas City beat Seattle 1-0 on Saturday night for Sporting’s first regular-season victory over the Sounders since 2009.

Kansas City (6-2-6) snapped its 435-minute scoreless streak against Seattle (8-4-2), dating to June 2012, and beat the Sounders for the first time at home in five attempts.

The penalty kick was awarded after goalkeeper Stefan Frei was whistled for a questionable foul in a collision with Dominic Dwyer.

“I don’t know if it was a penalty or not,” Feilhaber said. “But obviously, when we get the opportunity we want to try and make it. So I just waited to see which way Frei would go and tried to slip it in the opposite way.”

Tim Melia recorded his fourth shutout in six starts and became the first Kansas City goalkeeper to go unbeaten in his first six games. Dwyer entered as a second-half substitute in the 58th minute. He did not play in Sporting’s scoreless draw in Seattle on May 23.

After signing with the club earlier this week, 22-year-old midfielder Thomás made his Sounders debut. The Brazilian replaced Pappa with 10 minutes remaining.

Despite the loss, the Sounders remain tied atop the Western Conference standings with Vancouver, two points ahead of Sporting.

Starting Saturday against FC Dallas, the Sounders will play three home matches in eight days.


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