Sporting Kansas City equalize late to draw San Jose

Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a goal in stoppage time to draw the San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 in a controversial game Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

A total of 35 fouls were called in the match. Five yellow cards and one red card were issued.

San Jose scored in the 53rd minute when Nathan Cardoso found the corner of the net on a header from the left side of the six-yard penalty area after a corner kick.

Sporting looked like they had a golden chance to match him when they got a penalty in the 87th minute, but VAR overturned the decision.

But Daniel Salloi tied it up in the extra fourth minute – of the nine minutes of stoppage time – on a rebound from a free kick from Johnny Russell. Russell’s shot took off from the top of the goal to a trio of Sporting players and Salloi scored it.

Sporting remained undefeated at home (5-0-3). SKC has a 17-point MLS record when lagging at any point in the game. The second best total is Nashville with eight points.

San Jose finished a tough three-game road streak against teams over the red line in the Western Conference with three points in three draws.

Sporting Kansas City (8-3-3, 27 points) were playing without manager Peter Vermes, who missed the game due to “MLS security protocols”, as well as several key players.

Midfielder Felipe Hernandez is absent from the squad for personal reasons. Sporting were also without striker Alan Pulido, who was part of the Mexican national team competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and midfielder Gianluca Busio, who was part of the United States squad.

San Jose (3-7-4, 13 points) was without midfielders Jackson Yueill and Cade Cowell, both on the USMNT roster.

Sporting struggled to find their form early on, playing as a team with four substitutes. San Jose got four consecutive corners in the first 15 minutes.

But finally Sporting froze and finished the first half scoreless with an advantage in possession (52% to 48%) in shots (8-4) and shots on goal (5-0).

– Field level media

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