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Originally published Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

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Sporting Kansas City blanks Los Angeles Galaxy | Soccer

Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 to improve to 5-0 in Major League Soccer.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Saturday to improve to 5-0.

Sporting KC is the first Major League Soccer team to begin a season with five regulation victories since Los Angeles opened 12-0 in 1996, the inaugural season for MLS.

Los Angeles is 1-3 after winning the MLS Cup last season.

Midfielder Beckham has been bothered by a series of nagging injuries and didn't make the trip.

Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen did not have to make a save.

Other MLS matches

At Earthquakes 3, Whitecaps 1

San Jose's Chris Wondolowski scored twice against Vancouver.

Chivas USA 2, at Timbers 1

Nick LaBrocca's goal in the 82nd minute lifted Chivas USA to victory over Portland. Kris Boyd scored for the Timbers.

Red Bulls 4, at Crew 1

Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper each scored two goals as New York routed Columbus.

At Impact 2, Toronto FC 1

Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger scored to lead expansion Montreal past Toronto for its first MLS victory.

At Real Salt Lake 2,

Rapids 0

Alvaro Saboria and Fabian Espindola scored as Real Salt Lake defeated Colorado.

Note

Lionel Messi scored twice to become the first player since 1973 with 60 goals in a season for a team in a major European league, helping Barcelona of Spain beat Zaragoza 4-1.

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