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Bunbury gives Sporting KC 1-0 win over Revolution
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Teal Bunbury scored in the 20th minute to give Sporting KC a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
Sporting KC (11-8-4) snapped a three-match (0-2-1) winless streak and clinched the three-match season series against New England with two wins and a tie.
New England (6-11-5) had its winless skid extended to five matches (0-4-1), having scored just two goals over the span. The Revolution were shutout in all three matches against Sporting KC this season, including a 3-0 loss on March 17 and a 0-0 draw on July 21.
New England has just one win among its last nine matches (1-4-4) and slipped to 5-3-3 at home.
New England surrendered the first goal in a match for the 11th time this season when Bunbury beat a New England defender to a high bouncing ball, spun free on the left side and beat onrushing goalkeeper Matt Reis with a right-footed shot to the lower right corner for his fourth goal of the season.
New England wasted two prime scoring chances.
Congo-born Dimitry Imbongo, getting his first start at striker for the Revolution, collected a cross from Benny Feilhaber in the 36th minute, but sent a wide-open blast from atop the penalty box area way over the net. In the 49th minute, Imbongo headed Ryan Guy's cross over the crossbar from point-blank range.
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen notched his 10th shutout of the season, having to make just three saves and facing just one corner kick, in the 76th minute. Nielsen preserved the shutout with a save on a left-footed shot off the left flank by New England's Chris Tierney at 86.
Attendance was 17,592.
Updated August 4, 2012