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Sporting KC MLS soccer news June 2018

(June 9, 2018) -- Sporting Kansas City (8-2-5, 29 points) remained at the Western Conference summit following a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers (6-3-4, 22 points) on Saturday night at Providence Park.

Goalkeeper Tim Melia collected his MLS-best seventh shutout in 11 games as Sporting KC shut out Portland for the fifth time in their last six regular-season visits to Providence Park. The draw pulls Sporting KC level with FC Dallas at the top of the West on 29 points and marks the first time that the Timbers have failed to score at home in 18 matches.

Saturday's fixture pitted two in-form teams, as Sporting KC extended its unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions while Portland extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches overall. The rainy affair also saw captain Matt Besler make history with his 241st regular season appearance, taking sole possession of first-place all-time on Sporting KC's all-time chart.

With Sporting KC just three days removed from a 2-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Manager Peter Vermes reshuffled his lineup to the tune of six changes as Tim Melia, Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Roger Espinoza, Daniel Salloi and Gerso Fernandes stepped into the starting 11. Youth was also served courtesy of 18-year-old defender Jaylin Lindsey and 19-year-old midfielder Kuzain, who became the second and fifth youngest players to start a regular season match in club history, respectively

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