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(Sept. 15, 2018) -- Sporting Kansas City (15-7-6, 51 points) is back atop the Western Conference following a 5-1 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes (4-16-8, 20 points) on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. Manager Peter Vermes' side occupy first place, where they spent 15 consecutive weeks until relinquishing the spot at the start of July, thanks to a two-goal, two-assist performance from Gerso Fernandes, along with goals from Felipe Gutierrez, Ike Opara and Krisztian Nemeth.

Sporting KC now have six wins in the club's last seven matches as the squad scored five goals in a regular season road game for only the second time, the last coming on April 29, 2000. The offensive outburst increased the team's attacking haul to 54 goals in 2018 - the most since KC's first two seasons (61 in 1996, 57 in 1997) -- with six games still remaining.

Saturday's rout started in the 18th minute as Gutierrez struck for a second straight match and seventh time this season. Fernandes did well to break free from Nick Lima on the left flank and delivered a delightful cross to Gutierrez for a first-time finish at the near post with his left foot.

The goal, Sporting Kansas City's 400th away from home in the team's regular season history, would be the first of three first half road goals, a feat the team last accomplished in 2007 and had pulled off only three times prior.

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