It's not a playoff victory, but Sporting Kansas City will take it.
Sporting Kansas City defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 Sunday night, the first time the Dynamo has ever lost at BBVA Stadium, ending their three matches in eight days run with six points.
The first half was back and forth between the two squads with physical play all around but no real chances for either team. Aurelien Collin picked up a yellow card in the 24th minute, his fifth of the season. This suspends him for next Sunday's match against DC United.
Sixteen minutes later and another unfortunate yellow card was picked up, this time by Oriol Rosell. It was Rosell's fifth of the season as well, therefore he also earned a suspension for next Sunday.
Things picked up in the second half. Kei Kamara came in for Jacob Peterson and provided some fresh legs on the attack. However it was Seth Sinovic who provided the assist needed for Sporting to go ahead. A long throw in by the fullback found the shiny and brilliant head of Aurelien Collin, who flicked it in towards the goal. Corey Ashe's frantic attempt the clear the line was unsuccessful, and Sporting Kansas City went ahead 1-0.
Houston did not go down without a fight. Rookie Jason Johnson gave Sporting fans a heart attack when a header of his went past Jimmy Nielsen across the face of goal, only to be met by the saving head of Paulo Nagamura. A controversial clearance, and possibly a call gone the other way if MLS had goal-line technology but alas, Nagamura saved a draw with his defense. Make your own call on the video below.
Sporting held on for the next ten minutes, plus the four minutes of stoppage, to earn the rare victory in Houston. It was the first time since June 18th, 2011 that an opposing team had won in Houston, a streak of 38 matches.
Sporting Kansas City climbed up to 20 points and is now tied for second in the Eastern Conference with Houston and Montreal Impact. They are also one point back of New York Red Bulls, whom they have a game in hand against. Sporting had defeated all three of the aforementioned clubs so far in 2013.
The Dynamo get to start a new home unbeaten streak next Saturday as they host New England Revolution and their new attacker Juan Agudelo.
Sporting has another Sunday match next week as they travel to RFK stadium to take on the quickly sinking DC United. They will be without both Aurelien Collin and Ori Rosell due to suspensions.