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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Paul Arriola (78')

Wayne Rooney, Paul Arriola combine to help D.C. United edge Sporting Kansas City

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Arriola's curler gives D.C. United back-to-back wins (1:20)

Paul Arriola and Wayne Rooney combined on the lone goal of the night as D.C. United secured their seventh victory of the season. (1:20)

Paul Arriola fired a shot from a step outside the box in the 78th minute to lift D.C. United past short-handed Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Arriola collected a perfect pass from Wayne Rooney, juked defender Nicolas Hasler and right-footed it past Tim Melia into the upper right corner of the net.

Graham Smith's header off a set piece in the final minute of stoppage time missed wide left and SKC's chances left with it.

With the win, D.C. United (7-3-2, 23 points) kept pace with Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference standings. Sporting KC (2-4-4, 10 points) remains winless on the road in 2019. They have not won across all competitions since March 30. Sporting is 0-3-3 in their last six MLS matches.

Sporting has made the playoffs the past eight seasons, winning the Western Conference in 2018. But they currently stand one spot above the bottom of the conference standings.

SKC was without 10 players, including six starters, because of injuries. In addition, Gianluca Busio and Tyler Freeman are with the United States' U-17 Men's National Team.

D.C. United put much more pressure on Melia than Sporting KC managed against Bill Hamid. D.C. United had 15 shots, compared with 11 for SKC. Many of the scoring opportunities came off corner kicks. D.C. had 10 corner kicks, compared with just three for SKC.

Melia kept the game scoreless in the 14th minute on a diving save of a free kick by Rooney from about 25 yards out. Rooney fired his attempt past the wall and bent it toward the left post, but Melia stopped it. Melia saved another point-blank shot by Frederic Brillant off a corner kick in the 31st minute. Hamid saved a free kick from Johnny Russell in stoppage time.

SKC has only allowed one goal on a set piece this season, and that came on a penalty kick, while nine of D.C. United's 16 goals this season have come on set pieces.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 16 +26 37
2 LA Galaxy 16 +3 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC 16 +5 26
4 Houston Dynamo 13 +7 24
5 FC Dallas 16 0 22
6 Minnesota United FC 16 -2 21
7 Real Salt Lake 15 -6 19
8 San Jose Earthquakes 15 -4 19
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 -3 18
10 Sporting Kansas City 15 -1 16
11 Colorado Rapids 16 -9 15
12 Portland Timbers 13 -7 14

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 17 +11 31
2 Montreal Impact 18 -7 27
3 DC United 17 +5 27
4 Atlanta United FC 15 +8 26
5 New York Red Bulls 16 +8 24
6 New York City FC 14 +6 23
7 Toronto FC 15 +1 19
8 Orlando City SC 15 +1 18
9 Chicago Fire 16 +1 18
10 Columbus Crew SC 16 -8 17
11 New England Revolution 16 -16 16
12 FC Cincinnati 16 -19 11