Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 to improve to 5-0 in Major League Soccer.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Saturday to improve to 5-0.
Sporting KC is the first Major League Soccer team to begin a season with five regulation victories since Los Angeles opened 12-0 in 1996, the inaugural season for MLS.
Los Angeles is 1-3 after winning the MLS Cup last season.
Midfielder Beckham has been bothered by a series of nagging injuries and didn’t make the trip.
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Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen did not have to make a save.
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Chivas USA 2, at Timbers 1
Nick LaBrocca’s goal in the 82nd minute lifted Chivas USA to victory over Portland. Kris Boyd scored for the Timbers.
Red Bulls 4, at Crew 1
Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper each scored two goals as New York routed Columbus.
At Impact 2, Toronto FC 1
Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger scored to lead expansion Montreal past Toronto for its first MLS victory.
At Real Salt Lake 2,
Alvaro Saboria and Fabian Espindola scored as Real Salt Lake defeated Colorado.
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