Sporting Kansas City 2, Minnesota United FC 0
Sporting Kansas City extended its clean sheet streak to four in a 2-0 win Saturday over Minnesota United FC.
After an evenly matched first half, coach Peter Vermes opted to substitute Felipe Gutierrez out for Yohan Croizet to open up the middle of the field. Ninety seconds after the restart, Midfielder Johnny Russell received a pass from Diego Rubio and quickly turned to pass the ball off to Croizet inside the penalty box. Croizet touched the ball around defender Michael Boxall before making a diving shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Refusing to sit back, second-in-the-West SKC pushed into the final third again. On Rubio’s first shot of the game, he added the insurance goal for Sporting.
Goalkeeper Tim Melia recorded a career-best 11th clean sheet. He made eight saves against Minnesota, who was playing without its key goalscorer Darwin Quintero.
48′ – SKC – Yohan Croizet
62′ – SKC – Diego Rubio
New York Red Bulls 1, DC United 0
Four days after a frustrating result in the opening match of Heineken Rivalry Week, the New York Red Bulls bounced back with a hard-fought 1-0 win over their oldest rivals, D.C. United, on HRW’s final day.
Alejandro Romero Gamarra, better known as Kaku, netted the winner with a subtly smooth display of individual skill early in the second half, latching on to a half-clearance at the top of the United penalty box and buying space for himself with a couple of quick touches to his left before lashing a low, dipping strike inside the right post.
The play broke a lengthy goalless duck for the Argentinean playmaker dating back to May 5, and delivered the 2018 Atlantic Cup to RBNY with a victory that should go a long way towards washing out the sour taste of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with their crosstown foes New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
D.C. made the Red Bulls earn every inch, controlling most of the first half and carving out a number of clear scoring chances, including a Wayne Rooney effort that clanged off the woodwork and a glaring miss by Oniel Fisher on a close-range header.
But with RBNY now winners of the first two matches between these two MLS originals, the Atlantic Cup will stay in their possession regardless of the result in their final regular-season meeting, set for Sept. 16.
56′ – RBNY – Kaku Gamarra