Recap: D.C. United 0 - Sporting KC 1
Next at home: April 13, 7:00 p.m. ET vs New York Red Bulls
For 88 disjointed and chippy minutes, Sporting Kansas City had more yellow cards than shots on goal and appeared headed for their third scoreless draw in their last four matches.
In the 89th, Claudio Bieler changed that to “second straight shutout win.”
Bieler's fourth goal of the year, off an assist from Soony Saad, lifted Sporting to a 1-0 victory that saw Jimmy Nielsen earn his league-leading fourth consecutive clean sheet. Nielsen had to make just one save against a United side that was cautioned three times, while Kansas City saw yellow twice and put just two shots on frame, yet still managed to beat D.C. for the fifth straight time.
Sporting (3-1-2) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and have not given up a goal in 429 minutes, also best in MLS this season. United (1-3-1) are winless over their last three matches and were shut out for the third time in five games.
Bieler moved into second place on the league scoring table, delivering at the death after a hustling sequence that led to Saad's first assist of the year.
United's best chance came in first-half stoppage time, when Lionard Pajoy fired just left of Nielsen's goal after some nifty dribbling, and after the break they appeared content to keep numbers back and play for the road point – a strategy that came close to paying off.
D.C. are back in action when they host New York on April 13, while Sporting are idle until their away date with the Red Bulls on April 17.