MLS: Sporting Kansas City takes Western Conference lead and gives Peter Vermes his 200th coaching win

Sporting Kansas City stunned LAFC with three first-half goals and cruised to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium to take over the lead in MLS's Western Conference.

The win along with Seattle's 1-1 tie at home against FC Dallas on Franco Jara's equalizer in second-half stoppage time moved Sporting KC into a tie with the Sounders and ahead on total wins. They travel New England by four points in the Supporters' Shield race.

Alan Pulido, back from the Gold Cup with Mexico, Luis Martins and Daniel Salloi scored to give SKC a 3-0 lead after only 36 minutes. Gadi Kinda added a fourth goal in the second half before Danny Musovskiscored a late consolation goal.

The victory gave Peter Vermes his 200th coaching win for Sporting in all competitions.

"In the first half," said Vermes, "we played with a lot of courage and we were also excellent when we turned the ball over. I thought Alan was great in between the lines. He brought a lot of guys into the game and gave us a pause to get people forward. At the end, I think it was a really good team performance."

LAFC coach Bob Bradley described the result as a "bad loss," which he blamed not being focused from the start.

"You can't start a game where you've got two, three, four guys that just aren't up to the speed of the game," he said.

The defeat dropped LAFC 10 points off the lead in the Western Conference. It sits in fifth place behind the LA Galaxy, a 1-0 winner over Real Salt Lake, and idle Colorado.

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