Real Salt Lake extended their lead in the MLS Western Conference on Saturday, while Sporting Kansas City lost again.
Fabian Espindola’s 51st-minute goal gave Real Salt Lake a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, who had their run of five straight victories ended.
The win helps Jason Kreis’ Real Salt Lake side four points clear atop their conference, while the Sounders stay third.
Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City suffered their third straight loss, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Fire.
Winger Bobby Convey opened the scoring for Kansas City with a neat finish on 31 minutes, but the game turned in Chicago’s favour just after the hour-mark.
Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza was sent off for an elbow on Sebastian Grazzini, who equalised with a penalty on 65 minutes.
Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro scored the winner nine minutes from time, tapping in after a dreadful error from Kansas City defender Kei Kamara.
The Los Angeles Galaxy’s winless run extended to four matches after they played out a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact.
David Beckham struck a superb 25-yard free-kick on 61 minutes to cancel out Davy Arnaud’s first-half opener.
Brad Davis’ 67th-minute goal saw the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 win at home to DC United, while Dallas lost 2-1 at Columbus Crew.
The New England Revolution thrashed the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 as Lee Nguyen netted a brace.
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