Sporting KC moves into first with rout of Colorado

By The Associated Press
Sporting Kansas City forward Alan Pulido (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half of Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting KC moved into first place in the Western Conference with a 4-0 win.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Alan Pulido scored in his first game back from international duty, Andreu Fontàs scored his first career MLS goal, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Colorado Rapids 4-0 on Saturday night. 

Sporting KC (10-6-3) moved past Seattle and Portland and into first in the Western Conference standings with 33 points. 

Pulido, who missed the last four games playing for Mexico and adhering to COVID-19 pandemic-related protocols, rolled one inside the post from the top of the area to open the scoring in the 54th minute. 

Colorado (5-5-4) played for the first time since its 5-0 victory over San Jose on Sept. 23. It had been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Fontàs put away a volley in the 67th and Gadi Kinda made it 3-0 in the 88th minute. The 26-year-old Kinda scored in back-to-back games for the third time this season, his first in MLS. 

Gerso Fernandes capped the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time.