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Nick Tre. Smith, AP
Real Salt Lake midfielder Sunday Stephens (8) and Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso fight for control of the ball during an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan. (Nick Tre. Smith/The Kansas City Star via AP)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Real Salt Lake came into a soggy Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday with nothing but good memories since losing an epic 2013 MLS Cup match to Sporting Kansas City.
RSL was unbeaten in seven straight MLS regular-season matches against Sporting KC since then.
‘Was’ being the operative word. RSL’s string of success against its Western Conference rival came to an end after a decisive 3-0 Kansas City victory.
Sporting KC hasn’t lost a regular-season home match since May, and now has a club-record 13-game unbeaten streak at home.
The two clubs have a healthy distaste for one another, as evidenced by the 22 fouls and eight yellow cards handed out.
RSL’s goal coming in was to weather the first 15 minutes, which it did….