Sporting KC wins its first MLS playoff game since 2000

Brenner scores 3 to beat D.C United, putting Cincinnati in MLS playoffs for first time since 2000

Sporting Kansas City opened its post-season slate on Monday night with a 3-0 win over D.C. United at Children’s Mercy Park, a result that gave the club its first playoff berth since 2000. The victory put Sporting in an MLS playoff for the first time since 2009.

It also was the 10th win in 17 games for Sporting, the longest string of victories all time in MLS regular-season play.

The victory was Sporting’s fourth straight road win this season, the most in the league’s 23-year history. It is also the longest undefeated streak in club history, surpassing the club’s 13-game unbeaten streak that lasted from Dec. 26 (3-0 win over Vancouver) through Jan. 28 (5-0 win over Columbus, 1-0 win over Houston), which ended Jan. 28, 2015.

“I think it was just one of those games that got away from us. We played our best soccer in the second half but there was no finish to it,” said Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes. “When those things get away from you, you have to find a way to get it back.”

Sporting KC extended its lead to 3-0 early in the second half with a first-minute goal from Andy Rose. On the ensuing corner, Miguel Gallardo scored a well-struck cross through traffic before taking a touch and scoring in the 17th minute.

In the 52nd minute, Sebastian Velasquez doubled Sporting’s lead when he headed in the cross from Daniel Salloi from a corner kick.

Three minutes later, D.C. United’s Justin Meram tied the game after playing in the area and finding a gap in Sporting’s defensive line. Two minutes later, Sporting’s Eddie Johnson scored to put the game away.

“I’m proud of our guys. They showed a lot of character

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