Soony Saad scores a pair, KC beats Toronto

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Soony Saad scored twice, his first goals in almost two years, and Sporting Kansas City moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 victory over shorthanded Toronto FC on Saturday night.

Claudio Bieler also scored for Sporting (9-5-6), which ran its unbeaten streak to five. Toronto (2-9-7), which played a man down after Reggie Lambe was given a straight red card in the 56th minute, is winless in four.

Saad put Sporting up 1-0 in the 21st minute and made it 2-0 in the 51st. They were his first goals in MLS since he scored on his debut on Aug. 17, 2011.

Bieler’s tap-in in the 63rd was his club-leading ninth goal of the season.

Jimmy Nielsen recorded his eighth shutout, moving him into a three-way tie for the league lead.

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