Tim Melia posted his MLS-leading fifth shutout, Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer each scored a goal and Sporting Kansas City beat visiting Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday night.
"They are a good team, especially at home,” RSL head coach Mike Fetke said. “Our plan was to manage the first 15 minutes and then from there things should open up. We did that and then the 17th minute we let up a preventable goal. We had a lot of the play after that and we just couldn’t convert.
“Then in the second half, we give up another goal which I have some questions about, but I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to get fined, but there were some question marks on that goal. We give up the second goal and then we are treading water and coming behind in a place like Kansas City which is not easy to play in. So we didn’t do ourselves any favors tonight."
Near the top-right corner of the box, Feilhaber blasted a right-footer one-timer, off the pass by Graham Zusi, just inside the far post to open the scoring in the 17th minute.
Melia, who had eight clean sheets last season, has allowed just three goals this season for Sporting KC (4-1-3).
Dwyer won a long, arcing pass and then cut back to evade a defender before rifling a shot from just outside the box into the back of the net in the 51st minute and Gerso Fernandes added a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Real Salt Lake (2-5-2) has lost two in a row after winning two straight.
“Mike said it best, it’s a process,” RSL goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel said. “We’ll get back onto the field on Tuesday, put the work in. Believe in the system and what he’s trying to accomplish here. We’ve all bought in and now we’ll start to make our own luck.”