Daniel Salloi, Sporting KC eliminate No. 1 seed St. Louis City

League: MLS

Posted on: 06 Nov, 2023 at 12:53 AM

Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Ndenbe scored in the first half and Daniel Salloi tallied in the second as Sporting Kansas City defeated St. Louis City 2-1 in the second match of their first-round MLS Cup Playoff series on Sunday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Eighth-seeded Sporting KC swept the best-of-three series will advance to play the winner between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake in the next round.

Kansas City took the first match of the series 4-1 on the road on Oct. 29.

St. Louis City became the initial first-year MLS club to clinch the top spot in its conference before its season came to an end Sunday.

St. Louis got a late goal from Celio Pompeu in the 86th minute, but it was not enough.

St. Louis was the aggressor in the first 15 minutes but couldn't pick up any momentum Sporting KC controlled the possession for the last 30 minutes of the half but appeared ready to head to the locker room frustrated with the 0-0 scoreline.

Then, in the first minute of stoppage time, Salloi fed Alan Pulido in the box, who redirected it to Ndenbe as he fired it past a sprawling Roman Burki.

With St. Louis trailing 1-0 and applying pressure, Sporting KC's Tim Melia made a spectacular save. Joao Klauss redirected a shot from outside the box, but a diving Melia made the save.

Salloi doubled the Sporting KC lead in the 73rd minute on a fast break. Gadi Kinda collected a feed at the top of the box and beat the closing defender with a pass to his left, where Salloi one-timed it past Burki.

The second-half action was mostly controlled by St. Louis City as they had far more scoring opportunities. But other than Pompeu's highlight-reel shot from about 45 yards out, they could not get anything past Melia.

Burki finished with two saves for St. Louis. Melia made one save for Kansas City.

--Field Level Media