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Sporting KC defender Ike Opara named to MLS team of the week

Defender Ike Opara.
Defender Ike Opara. Special to The Star

Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara had an eventful Sunday afternoon.

He helped the club post its second straight shutout in a 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers, but it came at a painful cost.

Midway through the second half, he absorbed an elbow to his chin, drawing a flow of blood that spilled onto his jersey. After getting the wound patched up and changing uniforms, Opara returned to the match, only to take another hit to the same spot on his chin, forcing his removal.

With that injury came a reward.

Opara was named to the MLS team of the week after he was credited with four clearances and four interceptions during the shutout.

Sporting KC has not allowed a goal against the Timbers in 482 minutes, a streak it will try to extend Sunday when the clubs meet in Portland. The match starts at 3 p.m.

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