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Dom Dwyer's Penalty Lifts Sporting KC over San Jose 1-0

Sporting Kansas City was able to get their first win of the MLS season after defeating San Jose 1-0 at Sporting Park.


Dom Dwyer's penalty conversion in the second half would be enough for Sporting KC as they held off the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0.

It was the first MLS win of 2014 for Sporting KC and the final game in the five games in two weeks stretch.

Sporting Kansas City had a phenomenal opportunity in the 18th minute when a ball was cleared off the line and landed at the feet of Sal Zizzo. Zizzo's shot from 20 yards out went off the post but Opara was there behind the ball. His dribble, however, also went off the post and the deflection went off Opara's foot and out of bounds, ending the strange sequence of events in the box.

Sporting KC would continue to apply pressure in the first half and would grab themselves many more opportunities in the half. In the 25th minute, Benny Feilhaber sent in a pass to the middle of the box from the side and Graham Zusi took a shot that was blocked by Busch, keeping the score level.

Sporting KC would not be able to put a score in the net before the half, going into the locker room tied at 0-0.

Sporting KC's first good opportunity of the second half came in the 55th minute when a short corner cross sent in by Feilhaber was headed towards goal by Ike Opara but it was palmed over the bar by Busch. The ensuing corner kick, however, would lead to a handball in the box by Lenhart and a penalty kick for Sporting KC. Dwyer blasted it home and Sporting KC led 1-0 off of Dwyer's first goal of the season.

San Jose would still get their chances. In the 70th minute, a ball got through into the box and Chris Wondolowski hooked a point blank shot just wide of goal. It was a goal on a platter but Sporting KC was still luckily in the lead. Later in the 82nd minute, San Jose was given a free kick from 20 yards out and Wondolowski's curler was just over the bar. Goonie magic was in the back of the minds of everyone at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC was able to hold off the Earthquakes' final attacks and held on for their first win of the 2014 season with a final score of 1-0.

San Jose's loss kept them near the bottom of the Western Conference with one point in their first two matches of the season. They will look to get their first MLS win next week when they host the Revolution. Sporting KC moves into fourth place in the Eastern Conference and will look to build on this win when they travel to Colorado next Saturday.