Kansas City – Sporting Kansas City used a stoppage-time goal to seal a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes in a controversial match at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night.
There were a total of 35 fouls 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 box after a corner.
Sporting had a golden opportunity to tie with a penalty kick in the 87th minute, but VAR overturned the decision.
But Daniel Salloi did it in the fourth extra minute of nine minutes of stoppage time—on a rebound from a free kick by Johnny Russell. Russell’s shot pushed a trio of Sporting players to the top of the goal and Salloi netted it.
Sporting remained unbeaten at home (5-0-3). SKC has an MLS-best of 17 points when trailing at any point in the match. The next best total is Nashville with eight points.
San Jose ended a three-game road stretch with three points on three draws against teams above the red line at the Western Conference.
Sporting Kansas City (8–3–3, 27 points) were playing without manager Peter Worms, who missed the match as a result of “MLS security protocols” as well as several key players.
Midfielder Felipe Hernandez is away from the team for personal reasons. Sporting were also without striker Alan Pulido, who was with the Mexican national team competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and midfielder Gianluca Busio, who was on the American team.
San Jose (3-7-4, 13 points) were without midfielders Jackson Yuil and Cade Cowell, who are both on the USMNT roster.
Sporting struggled to find their form early on, playing like a team with four replacement starters. San Jose scored four consecutive corners in the first 15 minutes.
But in the end, Sporting won the first half with an advantage in possession (52 percent to 48 percent), shots (8-4) and shot on goal (5-0) and ended the first half scoreless.