(May 12, 2013) - Sporting Kansas City defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Sunday, snapping the Dynamo's 36-game unbeaten streak at home in all competition dating back to 2011. Aurelien Collin claimed the game-winner in the 73rd minute when he headed in a long throw-in from Seth Sinovic to hand the Dynamo their first loss at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Sporting Kansas City's first chance of the match arrived in the 10th minute of play, also instigated by a long throw-in from Sinovic. The throw-in was volleyed out by Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver, but it fell to Oriol Rosell, who sent in a chance that was saved by goalkeeper Tally Hall.
Seven minutes later, Claudio Bieler's effort from 25 yards out was saved by Hall once again. Less than a minute later, Sinovic made an overlapping run at goal and sent in a low, in-swinging cross that was defended well and sent out for a corner kick by Corey Ashe.
The Dynamo had a chance of their own in the 25th minute when Brad Davis sent in a free kick that evaded the wall and bent right of goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, but the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year made a diving save.
Seven minutes into the second half, Graham Zusi evaded Houston's backline, played a quick one-two with Peterson Joseph and shot from 20 yards out, but his effort was just wide of the goal. Two minutes later, Sinovic attempted a right-footed shot from distance that was saved by Hall.
Sporting Kansas City nabbed the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute when Collin flicked a long throw-in from Sinovic past Hall. The goal was Collin's second of the season and ninth in MLS competition (including playoffs).
Bieler nearly doubled the visitors lead a minute later off of an angled shot that skimped just wide of the far post.
The Dynamo nearly equalized in the 80th minute when Jason Johnson, in his MLS debut, delivered a goal-bound header that was headed out by Paulo Nagamura.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Brian Ching headed down a ball to Davis, drawing Nielsen off his line, but his attempt was blocked by the Danish keeper for his fourth save of the match. Nielsen re corded his League-leading seventh shutout of the season on Sunday.
Sporting Kansas City, now tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, will face D.C. United at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday at RFK stadium. The match will be broadcast live on KSMO-TV and La Gran D 1340 AM.
With the win, Sporting Kansas City moves into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Houston Dynamo and the Montreal Impact.
Sporting KC is now 6-4-2 in 2013 and 3-2-1 on the road. The team's three away wins are tied for the most in MLS this season and the team's .583 winninge percentage on the road is second best in MLS in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is 218-210-111 all-time and 74-133-63 all-time away from home.
Sporting Kansas City's record against the Houston Dynamo moves to 4-6-6 all-time and 2-3-3 on the road in the series.
Sporting Kansas City beat the Houston Dynamo in Houston for the first time since April 8, 2006. Since then, Sporting KC was 0-5-3 at Houston in MLS competition (including playoffs) entering Sunday's match.
The win hands the Houston Dynamo the club's first loss at BBVA Compass Stadium since it's opening a year ago today.
The win also snapped a 36-game undefeated streak at home for the Dynamo in all competition, with 26 victories and 10 draws over that span.
Houston's 30-game home unbeaten streak in MLS regular season competition is the longest in MLS history.
Sporting KC started the same starting lineup from their 4-0 victory over Chivas USA, making four changes to the lineup they started in their midweek loss against the Seattle Sounders. Claudio Bieler replaced C.J. Sapong, Paulo Nagamura replaced Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic was in for Josh Gardner and Mechack Jerome was on for Chance Myers.
The Houston Dynamo made one change to their starting lineup from their midweek victory over D.C. United, replacing Giles Barnes with Ricardo Clark.
Ricardo Clark's six fouls suffered on Sunday was a season high for a Houston player and most by a Houston player all-time in the series.
Aurelien Collin notched the game-winning goal for Sporting Kansas City, heading in a long throw-in from Seth Sinovic.
The goal was Sporting KC's fourth scored by a header this season. All 14 of the team's goals in 2013 have come from shots inside the penalty area.
The goal is Collin's second of the season and ninth of his career. Of Collin's nine career MLS goals, six have been game-winners.
Sporting KC is 8-0-1 when Collin scores.
Seth Sinovic earned his first point of the year with the assist. The assist was the third of his career and first since May 19, 2012.
The Sporting KC goal came on the team's only shot on goal of the second half.
Sporting Kansas City is 5-0-0 when leading in the 75th minute.
Sporting Kansas City is 4-0-2 when allowing 0 goals and 3-1-0 when scoring one goal.
Sporting KC is 5-2-1 when wearing Sporting Blue and 5-1-2 versus the Eastern Conference in 2013.
In 35 minutes of action, Kei Kamara led all players in the match with eight aerial duels won. Kamara and Collin won a combined 15 of 15 aerial duels on Sunday.
Kamara made his 100th regular season appearance in a KC uniform on Sunday. Kamara played for the Dynamo in 2008 and 2009.
Jimmy Nielsen earned the 39th shutout of his career, most in club history, and seventh in 2013, most among all MLS goalkeepers this year.
Nielsen's six victories this year are tied for most in MLS.
Nielsen's 0.99 career goals against average is the best in MLS history among goalkeepers with a minimum of 4,000 minutes played.
Sporting Kansas City's 0.75 goals against average is the best in MLS in 2013.
Tally Hall's shutout streak ended on Sunday at 298 minutes, the third longest streak by a goalkeeper in MLS this season.
Sunday's temperature was 82 degrees at kickoff, the hottest temperature for a Sporting KC game in 2013.
Aurelien Collin and Oriol Rosell will miss the next Sunday's match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium due to yellow card accumulation.
Jimmy Nielsen has appeared in 73 straight MLS matches, including postseason, for Sporting Kansas City, dating back to June 12, 2011. The streak covers a span of 6,570 straight minutes of MLS action.
Oriol Rosell committed four fouls on Sunday, a single-game career high for the midfielder.
Sporting Kansas City has handed MLS opponents their first loss at a new stadium at six different stadiums: BBVA Compass Stadium, BMO Field, Qwest Field, Rio Tinto Stadium, Robertson Stadium and Spartan Stadium.
Ike Opara logged 13 clearances on Sunday, leading all players in the category.
Mechack Jerome led all players on Sunay with 12 duels won.
Peterson Joseph was credited with three key passes on Sunday, most among all players on the field.
Peterson Joseph's five fouls committed on Wednesday were a single-game career high.
Sporting Kansas City was whistled for 25 fouls on Sunday, a single-game high for the club this season and most by a team in MLS this season.
Sporting Kansas City leads MLS in fouls suffered this season, but suffered a season-low 10 fouls on Sunday.
The team's 15 fouls in the second half were the most by an MLS team in a half this season.
Sporting Kansas City outshot the Houston Dynamo 11-10. Sporting KC is 5-3-2 when outshooting an opponent this season.
Sporting KC leads MLS all-time in shots with 7,360 and ranks second in MLS this season with 168 shots.
Sporting Kansas City has allowed the second fewest shots among all MLS teams this year with 102 shots against.
Matt Besler missed Sunday's match due to injury.
Sporting Kansas City faces the Houston Dynamo again on May 26 at Sporting Park.