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MLS Snapshot: Sporting KC 2-1 Orlando City SC (video)

Dom Dwyer, Roger Espinoza

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, center, is congratulated by teammates, including midfielder Roger Espinoza (27), following his goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Houston Dynamo in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City nearly set a few MLS records on Sunday — some good, and some … not so good (more on that below) — ultimately failing to do so, though Peter Vermes’ side will take their 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC and the end to their seven-game winless streak that comes with it. As it turned out, their pure domination — in the form of 34 total shots (13 on target - compared to 7 and 0 for Orlando) — fell four short of tying the all-time record for most in a game. They’ll settle for being the first team since 1998 to attempt 32 shots in a single game instead. The victory pushes Sporting KC level on points (17) with sixth-place (Western Conference) Real Salt Lake who hold the final playoff spot for the time being on goal differential, and have played three fewer games. Orlando (11 points), meanwhile, fall to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

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Three moments that mattered

67' — Medranda sends one in … for Orlando — Just an utter disaster inside Sporting’s penalty area. Nothing to analyze here.

74' — Dwyer heads home to avoid record of futility — With their 30th shot of the afternoon, Sporting were set to break the all-time MLS record for most shots taken in a game without scoring a goal. It’s a record they wished to avoid, to be sure.

79' — Peterson heads home at the back post for 2-1 — Peterson found acres of space between three defenders, and when Roger Espinoza served up the pinpoint cross, Peterson made no mistake with the header.

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Man of the match: Roger Espinoza

Goalscorers: Medrana (67' - OG), Dwyer (74'), Peterson (79')

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