May 6, 2018 / 2:52 AM / 15 days ago

Defensive-minded SKC blank Rapids

Daneil Salloi scored his second goal of the season in the 16th minute, and Sporting Kansas City preserved their fourth shutout in six matches in a 1-0 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Salloi also struck the post in search of a second goal later in the first half, and he had another very late goal-bound chip cleared off the line by a defender.

Tim Melia needed to make only two saves to preserve the shutout for Kansas City, which sits in first place in the Western Conference at 6-2-2. SKC improved to 4-1-1 at home.

Sporting K.C. outshot the Rapids 24-10, and five of the Colorado’s nine shots were blocked by SKC defenders. In the process, the hosts sealed a 150th coaching victory in all competitions for coach Peter Vermes.

The Rapids (2-4-2) remain winless on the road, 0-3-1. Colorado has lost three straight while scoring just once.

Salloi gave Kansas City the lead when he finished off an attack that began with a long pass from defender Matt Besler.

Ike Opara received Besler’s pass on the left side of the penalty area and headed it across goal, where Khiry Shelton struck the right upright with his header. Salloi was first to the rebound, side-footing it into the top corner.

Salloi nearly scored on another assist from Shelton in the 29th minute, but he struck his effort against the post to the right of Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Howard denied Graham Zusi with an excellent, right-armed save in the 66th minute after Zusi took Johnny Russell’s square ball and fired a first-time effort.

Dominique Badji had Colorado’s best look at an equalizer when he got free in the 80th minute, only to fire his effort wide of Melia’s goal.

Then came Salloi’s last attempt, a chip that beat Howard over the top but not defender Tommy Smith.

—Field Level Media

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