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Valdez sends Seattle past Sporting KC 1-0 in MLS playoffs

SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Valdez found a perfect moment to snap his scoring drought.

Valdez scored his first MLS goal in nearly a calendar year on a header in the 88th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night in the knockout round of the MLS Western Conference playoffs.

With Seattle pressing for a winner in the closing minutes of regulation, Joevin Jones' cross found Valdez at the near post and his quick header easily beat goalkeeper Tim Melia. (MORE)

Sporting Kansas City Leaders
G: D. Dwyer16
Ast: B. Feilhaber13
PKG: B. Feilhaber5
YC: R. Espinoza10
RC: R. Espinoza2
GAA: T. Melia1.11
CS: T. Melia8
Sporting Kansas City Team Stats (Rank)
Goals: 42 (17)
Goals Allowed: 41 (15)
Penalty Kick Goals: 5 (10)
Shots: 478 (1)
Shots on Goal: 146 (15)
Yellow Cards: 60 (14)
Red Cards: 5 (19)
8/13DAL-KCT 2-2
8/20KC-VANW 2-0
8/27PHI-KCL 0-2
9/9KC-HOUT 3-3
9/18KC-LAT 2-2
9/24SJ-KCW 2-1
10/1NE-KCL 1-3
10/16RSL-KCT 0-0
10/23KC-SJW 2-0
10/27SEA-KCL 0-1
2/17B. AnorKCMINLoan
2/1E. Palmer-BrownKCPORLoan
3/8D. RubioVALKCLoan
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