Dom Dwyer scored on a penalty kick in the second half and Sporting KC hung on to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at Sporting Park in Kansas City Saturday night.
Dwyer’s kick in the 57th minute after Steven Lenhart was called for a handball in the penalty area was the first goal since the Eastern Conference final last season by a Sporting forward.
Both teams were coming off CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal losses in Mexico earlier in the week, but played their usual physical styles of play.
Sporting (1-1-1, 4 points) got its first win of the season.
San Jose (0-1-1, 1 point) didn’t have a lot of success creating offense, with the Quakes putting just one shot on goal all night.
Chris Wondolowski had a shot to even the score in the 71st minute when he was left uncovered inside Sporting’s 18-yard box, but he pulled the shot wide of the left post.
The Quakes return to the pitch on Saturday when they host the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
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