KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Salloi scored his first career MLS goal in the second half and Sporting Kansas City remained unbeaten at home with a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
Salloi took a delivery from Roger Espinoza, settled the ball and found the top corner in the 60th minute. Salloi, who entered the game in the 35th minute, had played in just eight of 18 matches, averaging less than 10 minutes with no shots on target.
Salloi’s goal was the only shot on target for Sporting KC (8-4-7), which leads the Western Conference and is 6-0-3 at home. Diego Valeri’s 10th goal, in the 26th minute, got the struggling Timbers (7-7-5) on the board against the league’s stingiest defense.
Getting the ball from Sebastian Blanco, Valeri dribbled down the middle before unleashing a rocket from outside the box that found space between the fingertips of leaping goalkeeper Tim Melia and the crossbar.
Portland had just nine points in its previous 10 games with five straight losses on the road.