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Yohan Croizet scores early, Sporting KC beats Chicago Fire 1-0

Yohan Croizet scored in the 14th minute and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the Chicago Fire 1-0

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Yohan Croizet scored in the 14th minute and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

Felipe Gutierrez launched the counterattack from behind the center circle, splitting a pair of defenders with the through ball and giving Croizet the opening to run behind and slot it past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Tim Melia made two saves for his third clean sheet of the season. The backline of Graham Zusi, Botond Barath, Matt Besler and Seth Sinovic, which played together for the fourth time this season, has been a part of all three of Melia’s shutouts.

Sporting KC (5-7-7) ended a two-game losing streak.

The Fire dropped to 5-8-7.

Jul 6, 2019; Kansas City, KS, USA; A general view of soccer balls on the field at Children's Mercy Park prior to the game between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports

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