Nielsen gets 10th shutout, Sporting KC blanks Crew
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP)—Claudio Bieler converted a penalty kick in the first half for his first goal in nearly two months, leading Sporting Kansas City to a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
Sporting moved into the Eastern Conference lead, three points ahead of New York and Montreal, who both play on Sunday. Columbus (9-14-5) dropped to 1-1 under interim manager Brian Bliss, who replaced the fired Robert Warzycha on Monday.
Bieler scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute—his first goal since July 15—to put Sporting up 1-0, after Will Trapp brought down Benny Feilhaber in the penalty area, and also provided the assist on Saad’s goal in the 41st, a hard shot to the far post from the left side of the area.
Sapong’s header in the 55th off a long diagonal pass from Uri Rosell made it 3-0.
Nielsen didn’t have to make a save until the 78th minute, when he stopped Jairo Arietta’s low shot.