Sporting Kansas City Beats Short-Handed Atlanta 2-0

Sporting Kansas City Beats Short-Handed Atlanta 2-0
Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, left, works against Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Turns out, the showdown between the two leading teams in Major League Soccer was not a fair fight.

Atlanta went a man down in the first half — losing its starting goalkeeper, no less — and Sporting Kansas City took advantage of the extra player to score a pair of second-half goals, snapping United’s eight-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night.

Daniel Salloi and Gerso Fernandes scored for Kansas City, while keeper Tim Melia came up with several huge saves to preserve the victory. Sporting has only one loss in its last 10 games, pulling one point ahead of United atop the overall MLS standings though Atlanta has played one less game. READ MORE>