WASHINGTON (AP) -- Substitute C.J. Sapong scored on a header in
stoppage time in Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 victory over D.C.
United in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
Bill Hamid made seven saves to keep United in it, but had little
chance to stop Sapong's header off Graham Zusi's corner kick
that gave Sporting its third straight 1-0 victory over D.C.
Kansas City dominated most of the game, outshooting D.C. 17-7
overall and 8-1 in shots on target as it began the defense of
its Eastern Conference regular-season title.
Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen needed to make just one save,
a routine stop on Maicon Santos' long-range late effort.
But for all the possession, Sporting looked to be headed for a
scoreless tie until Sapong entered for starter Teal Bunbury and
drew the foul that would eventually lead to the goal.
Sapong bodied up United defender Brandon McDonald and cajoled
him into bear-hugging the forward for a foul.
Zusi blasted the resulting free kick into United's defensive
wall, with the ball deflecting out for a corner kick. Zusi then
found Sapong at the 6-yard box from the corner for a mostly
Kansas City has won four of its last five against D.C., its best
run against United since it won five straight in 1996-97. It has
also won two straight at RFK stadium after losing its previous
United is 1-2-1 in its last four home openers.