Sporting Kansas City put out a thoroughly solid performance as they recovered from their loss last week to beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0.
The win moved Sporting KC up to fourth in the Western Conference with games in hand against each of their opponents ahead of them in the standings. It was also their ninth game at home in 2015, and their ninth game unbeaten at home in 2015.
Sporting KC threatened for a large portion of the first half but could not put it together until the 32nd minute. A clinical style of passing that started with Benny Feilhaber in the middle and ran to Chance Myers on the wing finished with a one-touch shot by Krisztian Nemeth from just outside the box. His near post shot rocketed past Clint Irwin and he had his seventh goal of the year.
In the second half, Colorado had a couple of breakaway opportunities that almost resulted in goals. It took a couple of good defensive stops to keep the Rapids off the board and, with a one-goal lead, Sporting KC needed another score to put them out of reach of a possible equalizer.
It would actually be the Rapids helping out Sporting KC in 64th minute when, off a corner, Sam Cronin had the ball go off him right near the post and into the net for the own goal. The stadium credited the goal to Kevin Ellis, who had the deflected goal last week that gave Sporting KC the loss. This week, however, the own goal doubled Sporting KC's lead and set them up for three points and some ground in the Western Conference.
Sporting KC held on for an uneventful final twenty minutes of the match and earned three points with the 2-0 victory over their Western Conference foes. They return to action Wednesday night against FC Dallas in the 2015 US Open Cup Round of 16.