Daniel Salloi scored two goals and Kansas City beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 on Sunday for Sporting’s first playoff win in five years.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) clears the ball away from Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) during the first half of a MLS Western Conference semifinals soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) clears the ball away from Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) during the first half of a MLS Western Conference semifinals soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

It gave Sporting a 5-3 series win on aggregate to advance to face the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference finals, also a two-game series.

Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS Western Conference semifinal soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio celebrates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS Western Conference semifinal soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Sporting KC scored two early goals in the first half for a 3-1 aggregate lead. Diego Rubio opened the scoring in the 14th minute with an easy finish of Felipe Gutierrez’s unselfish pass. RSL nearly tied it three minutes later but Tim Melia denied Damir Kreilach’s close-range attempt.

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) heads the ball over Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) during the first half of a MLS Western Conference semifinals soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) heads the ball over Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) during the first half of a MLS Western Conference semifinals soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

After a RSL turnover, Gutierrez rolled it through the middle of the defense and Salloi chipped it over goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Sporting KC’s second-half scoring came on Ilie Sanchez’s penalty kick for a 3-1 lead and Salloi’s tap-in into an empty net in stoppage time.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez, left, and Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino, right, battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS Western Conference semifinal soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez, left, and Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino, right, battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS Western Conference semifinal soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Sebastian Saucedo scored RSL’s first goal at the 60-minute mark and Damir Kreilach added another 12 minutes later to pull to 3-2. Joao Plata assisted on both goals.

Source: The Associated Press