The Swope Park Rangers continue to dominate on the road as they extended their club-record winning streak to six in a 1-0 victory over Portland Timbers 2.
Kharlton Belmar, a former member of T2, scored the lone goal of the night. Belmar's goal would push the Rangers' unbeaten streak to nine. Adrian Zendejas earned his fourth straight clean sheet as the Rangers shutout streak reached 381 minutes.
The Rangers were the first to threaten with an early ball down the field to Nansel Selbol who challenged Kendall McIntosh in the second minute. Selbol's shot inside the box was at an impossible angle but forced a save by the keeper.
T2 looked to open the score sheet in the 13th minute when Tomas Granitto - former Rangers and Sporting KC player - kicked off a great cross to Augustine Williams, but Williams' header flew over Zendejas.
Moments later, T2 would get a second opportunity to score earning a second free kick just outside the box, however, Omar Mohamed's shot would go wide.
In the 36th minute, Kevin Oliveria had the best early shot of the game for SPR but it would go over the bar.
In the final two minutes of the half both sides continued to add pressure as Moloto fired a shot over the crossbar and T2 pushed the ball to the Rangers end. The final play of the first half came when Mohamed sent a ball straight into the arms of Zendejas, leading both sides into the half scoreless.
The hosts continued to pressure the Rangers' back line at the start of the second half. Rangers used one substitution during halftime when Belmar, entered the match for Mark Anthony Gonzalez. Coming into the game Belmar and Gonzalez were tied for first on the team with the most goals (5).
In the 52nd minute Moloto threatened T2 again but his shot would ultimately go over the crossbar.
Both sides experienced early substitutions as Jacob Montes replaced Granitto. For the Rangers, Cameron Iwasa checked in for Kevin Oliveira. Both players that were subbed out appeared to be injured as Granitto walked off the pitch slowly due to a strain and Oliveira was seen holding his knee.
Belmar finally broke the stalemate in the 61st minute off a lovely cross from Nansel Selbol. It was his 6th goal of the season and his second against his former club this season.
The 19-year-old Sporting KC Academy product Felipe Hernandez was the final substitution as he replaced Moloto.
Harold Hanson, the right back for T2, whom had been playing aggressively for the full 90 minutes fired a shot in the 80th minute but he couldn’t keep it on frame.
Belmar would get another chance to increase the score in stoppage time but he was denied by a sliding defender. During the final minutes of the match, T2 attempt to equalize but could not get pass SPR's back line handing the Rangers another 1-0 victory.
The Rangers will conclude their three road game campaign through Cascadia facing the Seattle Sounders 2 on July 20th.