D.C. United wins 1-0

Sporting Kansas City fell 1-0 at D.C. United on Saturday as Fabian Espindola’s 28th-minute goal snapped his club’s seven-game winless streak in the series dating back to 2010.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid matched his season-high with five saves to earn the clean sheet in a match that saw Sporting KC outshoot the home side 16-7 at RFK Stadium.

Playing without three players due to international duty (Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Lawrence Olum) and two additional defenders following season-ending injuries (Chance Myers and Ike Opara), Sporting Kansas City saw two-time MLS All-Star Aurelien Collin exit the match in the ninth minute with a hamstring strain. He was replaced by homegrown player Erik Palmer-Brown, one of eight players to appear in central defense for the club this season.

The first shot of the game for either side came in the 18th minute as Espindola sent a cross from the endline that connected with Nick DeLeon, whose header from eight yards out was straight at Eric Kronberg. Just over a minute later, Palmer-Brown — the youngest player in MLS at age 17 — did well to thwart Designated Player Eddie Johnson with a sliding stop inside the area.

Dom Dwyer led all players with three shots in the first half, and four shots in the game, with his first coming in the 23rd minute. Seth Sinovic did well to beat Chris Korb on the dribble and find Dwyer at the near post but Jeff Parke deflected the attempt inches wide of frame.

D.C. United took the 1-0 lead at the 28-minute mark on Espindola’s seventh goal of the year since being acquired from New York in the offseason. The Argentine cut in from the right touchline and floated a left-footed curler inside the far post that evaded Kronberg to stretch his goal-scoring streak to three straight games.

After allowing the team’s first goal from the run of play in the first half this season, Sporting Kansas City responded with four scoring chances before the halftime break. Jacob Peterson directed a first-time shot on frame in the 34th minute, his 10,000th minute of MLS action (including postseason), that Bill Hamid was well-positioned to smother.

Peterson was involved again five minutes later, sending a dangerous cross into the path of Dwyer that was blocked in the goalmouth and collected by Hamid. The 23-year-old goalkeeper made his third and final save of the first half with a diving stop to deny Benny Feilhaber from long-range.

The final opportunity to level the score came in the final minute of the half after a trademark piece of combination play between Antonio Dovale and Paulo Nagamura. Nevertheless, Dovale’s shot was ultimately blocked at the top of the area by former KC captain Davy Arnaud.

In the second half, D.C. United was held to just four shots — and none on target — but threatened in the 50th minute when Arnaud played Espindola behind the Sporting KC backline. Kronberg was alert to the danger and quickly darted from his line to take the ball off the foot of Espindola.

The rest of the half belonged to Sporting KC in a match which the visitors controlled 61% of the possession. Nagamura came close to pulling his side level in the 55th minute on a pinpoint pass from Peterson, but his poked shot was again met by Hamid.

Feilhaber’s free kick in the 63rd minute connected with Peterson for a flick header that carried wide of the far post and beyond the reach of Kevin Ellis. Forward Soony Saad entered the match in the 77th minute and one minute later was nearly on the scoresheet when his cross from the right side of the area was deflected goalward and pushed away by Hamid at the last moment.

D.C. United midfielder Alex Caskey was sent off in second-half stoppage time for a late challenge on Ellis, marking the fifth red card shown to a Sporting KC opponent in the past seven games. He will miss D.C. United’s match against the Columbus Crew next Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City will remain on the road next week as the reigning MLS Cup champions travel to Houston for a rematch of the Eastern Conference championship at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match will air live on KCMI 38 the Spot and SKCTV.
– Story from Sporting KC

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T-Bones win suspended game; game two washed out

Sioux Falls, S.D. — Kansas City won the race to the rain-shortened finish line Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Sioux Falls in a game that began Saturday night but was suspended after three innings because of rain.

With a 1-1 tie heading into the fourth inning when play resumed Sunday, the T-Bones took a 2-1 lead when Darrell Hudson dropped a two-out bunt that scored Vladimir Frias from third.

Jared Messer (1-0), who took over Sunday for Saturday night’s starter Andy Noga, went four innings and allowed just one run, which came in the bottom of the fourth. He struck out four.

Kansas City took the lead for good when Bryan Sabatella scored in the top of the eighth inning on a groundout from Danny Richar.

Kris Regas (3) picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

The fourth and final game of the series, which would’ve been played later Sunday afternoon, was rained out. No make-up date has been announced.

Kansas City (8-9) begins a seven-game homestand, its longest of the season, Monday with a four-game Kansas Turnpike Showdown against the Wichita Wingnuts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=217184
– Story from T-Bones

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Sunday events

Summer Festival today for Sisters, Servants
A Summer Festival to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the convent grounds at 800 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. Booths will feature dolls from Mexico, povitica, variety booth, games for children; and the refreshments for sale will include Italian sausage, tacos and tamales, beef sandwiches, hot dogs, Spanish desserts, and ice cream. Cookbooks and tote bags will be for sale. For more information, call 913-371-3423.

‘Dueling Pianos’ program planned June 1
Dennis Laffoon and Tony Rustici will entertain for “Dueling Pianos” from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, 18807 158th St. (158th and State Avenue), Basehor, Kan. Food will be available. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Wine and food will be sold separately. For more information, visit www.holyfieldwinery.com.

KosherFest to be today
On June 1, there is going to be KosherFest, which will be held in the parking lot of congregation Ohev Sholom located at 75th and Nall in Overland Park, Kan. The hours are from noon to 5 p.m. KosherFest is the fifth biannual event, a Kansas City tradition join thousands of friends and neighbors from the entire metropolitan area. At this event they will have not only kosher food they will also have electric cars on display plus there will be a lot of information regarding the various community gardens throughout the Greater Kansas City area plus there will be a lot for whole family. This event only happens every two years and it is truly an experience. In fact Congregation Ohev Sholom started off in Kansas City, Kan., and in the early 1960s moved to Overlook Park, Kan. There are a lot of members who live in Kansas City, Kan., who belong to this congregation. For more information call congregation Ohev Sholom at 913-642-6460 or visit the website, www.ohev-sholom.com.

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