KC's Nielsen gets 9th shutout in draw with NE
Sunday, July 22, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made four saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season in a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Sporting (11-6-4) moved one point behind first-place New York in the Eastern Conference. Nielsen's shutout moved him one ahead of Vancouver's Joe Cannon.
Matt Reis earned his fourth shutout for New England (6-9-5), which is just 1-7-2 on the road.
Each goalie had to make a spectacular save to preserve the draw. Nielsen punched out Ryan Guy's header in the 15th minute, and Reis made a diving fingertip save to deflect Jacob Peterson's header in the 52nd.
Reis spent several minutes on the field late in stoppage time after colliding in the air with Sporting forward Kei Kamara, but was able to finish out the match.