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MLS roundup: Kansas City club off to a strong 5-0 start

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 7 2012 11:08 p.m. MDT

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 7: Kei Kamara #23 of the Sporting Kansas City clears out Todd Dunivant #2 and Mike Magee #18 of the Los Angeles Galaxy as he goes for the ball at Livestrong Sporting Park on April 7, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. Sporting won 1-0. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Ed Zurga, Getty Images

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 5-0.

Sporting is the first club to begin a season with five wins since Los Angeles opened 12-0 in 1996, Major League soccer's inaugural year. Kansas City also extended its home unbeaten streak to five matches against Los Angeles, which is 1-3 after winning the MLS Cup last season.

Kansas City has four shutouts in five matches, and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen did not have to make a save against the Galaxy.

Beckham has been plagued by a series of nagging injuries and didn't make the trip. Landon Donovan returned from a quadriceps injury that kept him out of L.A.'s 3-1 home loss to New England.

Kamara scored his third goal of the season, connecting in the 40th minute off Bobby Convey's first assist with his new team. Kamara beat Sean Franklin to Convey's cross at the edge of the 6-yard box and curled the ball inside the far post.

RED BULLS 4, CREW 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper each scored twice for New York. Cooper scored in the third and 13th minutes to give him six goals this season, and Henry added goals in the 40th and 90th to regain the MLS goals lead with seven.

IMPACT 2, TORONTO FC 1: At Montreal, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger scored to lead Montreal to its first MLS victory. Ubiparipovic, making his first appearance, scored in the 17th minute in front of 23,120 spectators at Olympic Stadium. Wenger, the Impact's first overall draft pick, made it 2-0 in the 81st minute.

EARTHQUAKES 3, WHITECAPS 1: At Santa Clara, Calif., Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Alan Gordon added a goal in a 10-minute span midway through the second half to help San Jose beat Vancouver. Wondolowski tied it at 1 in the 68th minute, Gordon gave the Earthquakes the lead in the 72nd, and Wondolowski completed the scoring in the 78th with his sixth goal of the season.

D.C. UNITED 0, SOUNDERS 0: At Washington, D.C. United stretched its unbeaten streak to three matches as the teams had the first scoreless draw in the four-year season series.

SOUNDERS 0, UNITED 0: At Washington, D.C. United stretched its unbeaten streak to three matches with the draw against Seattle.

CHIVAS USA 2, TIMBERS 1: At Portland, Ore., Nick LaBrocca's header in the 82nd minute lifted Chivas USA to a come-from-behind victory. Captain Alejandro Moreno evened the match with a header off a perfectly placed cross from sub Ryan Smith in the 48th minute for Chivas USA.

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