MLS Review: Sporting close in on Dallas, Timbers win

Mike Stobe

Sporting Kansas City closed the gap to Western Conference leaders Dallas, while the Portland Timbers claimed an important MLS win on Saturday.

A Felipe Gutierrez goal was enough to see Sporting to a 1-0 victory over Orlando City in Kansas.

Gutierrez produced a fine low finish from 20 yards in the 53rd minute for the only goal of the game.

The result moved Peter Vermes' Sporting up into second and to within a point of conference leaders Dallas.

The Timbers are on track to feature in the play-offs after a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Jeremy Ebobisse and Diego Valeri scored either side of half-time to move the Timbers four points clear of the seventh-placed Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere, David Villa's late goal secured a 1-1 draw for New York City at home to DC United.