Sporting snaps Dynamo's win streak
Aurelien Collin scored in the 73rd minute to lift Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night.
The loss snapped Houston's record 36-game home unbeaten streak, including 30 straight in MLS play. Houston had not lost at home since a 2-0 defeat against Columbus on June 18, 2011.
Collin's goal gave Sporting Kansas City (6-4-2) its second win in five games. From eight yards out, Collin headed Seth Sinovic's throw-in toward the goal and Houston's Corey Ashe headed the ball down over the goal line.
Houston (6-3-2), which saw its five-game unbeaten streak end, nearly tied it in the 80th minute as Jason Johnson headed a bouncer inside the far post off a corner kick, but Paulo Nagamura cleared it off the end line.
Ricardo Clark had an opportunity for the equalizer a minute later, but his header from inside the upper box was saved by diving KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Houston's Andrew Driver saw a blast from inside the upper left box go wide of the near post in the 85th minute.
Oriol Rosell had a shot from just outside the left box stopped by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 10th minute.
Brad Davis had a free kick from 25 yards out in the middle saved by Nielsen before it could creep inside the near post in the 25th minute.
Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri and Will Johnson each had goals as the Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches with a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.
The undefeated streak is an ongoing franchise-best for the Timbers, who joined Major League Soccer in 2011. Portland (4-1-6) suffered its lone loss back on March 9 when the team fell 2-1 at home to Montreal.
The victory pulls Portland even for the MLS lead with Dallas FC, which also has not lost in nine matches.
Chivas (3-5-2) is in last place in the Western Conference. They have not won since a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on March 30.
The Goats were without starting goalkeeper and captain Dan Kennedy because of a red card in last week's loss to Sporting KC. Patrick McLain, in his MLS debut, allowed two goals after Kennedy was sent off in the 4-0 Chivas loss.