- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (AP) - Colorado’s Dillon Serna scored two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute to give the Rapids a 1-0 home win over ten-man Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, maintaining their lead atop the Major League Soccer standings.

The Rapids stayed three points clear of Dallas, which won at home against Portland, with Los Angeles a further point back following a draw at Philadelphia. The imbalance in the league sees the top six teams in the Western Conference all having more points than East pacesetter Montreal.

Sporting KC’s Ike Opara received his second yellow card on a questionable call in the 76th minute. Moments later, Serna rolled in a shot from distance to put Colorado ahead to stay.

It was the sixth straight home win for the Rapids, matching a team record set in 2005.

They are undefeated in seven games while Sporting is winless for seven; the club’s longest run without a victory since a ten-game drought in 2011. Sporting KC struggled on the offensive side with only one shot on goal.

Los Angeles’ Steven Gerrard set up a goal for the Galaxy but it was not enough secure a victory as Philadelphia forced an equalizer in a 2—2 draw.

The Union took a 1-0 lead in the 4th minute when Vincent Nogueira knocked in the rebound after his penalty was saved.

Los Angeles equalized in the 15th when Giovani dos Santos cut back from a defender at the edge of the box and dropped a pass to an overlapping Robbie Rogers, who found the upper corner of the net.

Mike Magee put the Galaxy up 2-1 two minutes after halftime from a Gerrard pass, but Philadelphia drew level in the 63rd minute when L.A. goalkeeper Dan Kennedy fumbled a corner kick and Keegan Rosenberry put the ball into the net for his first MLS goal.

Dallas’ Ryan Hollingshead and Walker Zimmerman each scored their first goal of the season - two minutes apart - to give the Texan club a 2-1 win against Portland.

Hollingshead scored in the 55th minute to end Dallas’ three-plus game scoreless stretch. His pass was deflected into the area and he raced to the loose ball to score with the outside of his foot. Zimmerman then headed in Mauro Diaz’s corner for a 2-1 lead.

The Timbers had gone ahead in the third minute when Lucas Melano battled to gain possession on a cross and found an open Diego Valeri in front of goal.

San Jose’s Alberto Quintero scored two goals off assists by Chris Wondolowski as the Earthquakes beat Houston 3-1.

Vancouver’s Blas Perez scored his second goal of the night on a bicycle kick in the 89th minute to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 win against Chicago.


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