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Sporting Kansas City gets burned late, draws 2-2 with FC Dallas

FC Dallas maintained their unbeaten home run as they scored two late goals to draw with Sporting KC 2-2.


Controversy with the subs and controversy with the refs led to FC Dallas scoring two goals in the final minutes as they drew with Sporting Kansas City 2-2.

Sporting Kansas City got through the FC Dallas defense in the latter part of the first half. Aurelien Collin was pulled down in the box on a set piece and, even though Claudio Bieler would rifle the rebound into the top shelf of the net, the ref would wave the goal off to give Sporting a penalty kick. Kei Kamara buried it in the 43rd minute to give Sporting a rare 1-0 lead at FC Dallas Stadium.

Sporting would barely hold on to that lead as the two teams went into the half with Kansas City up 1-0.

Things got even better for Sporting KC in the 57th minute. A line-drive corner kick from Graham Zusi went off the knee of Je-Vaughn Watson and into the net for an FC Dallas own goal. The assist would be given to Graham Zusi, who now is tied for the league lead with six assists, and the goal would give Sporting KC a 2-0 cushion in the second half.

The tide started to turn against Sporting KC in the 68th minute after CJ Sapong was shown a straight red after he kicked a ball into the face of a downed Zach Loyd right in front of the ref. Some were calling the red card too harsh and some say it was justified. I'll let you decide for yourself by watching the replay below

Suddenly up a man, FC Dallas came storming back. Andrew Jacobson received a ball in the run of play from Ramon Nunez and he finished the score to pull one back for the home side in the 88th minute. Sporting KC was scrambling on defense to try and preserve a victory but Dallas was not to be denied.

Walker Zimmerman then headed a ball of a set piece off the hand of Nielsen and into the net to equalize for FC Dallas in the 90th minute. The score would hold for the remainder of stoppage time and Sporting KC snatched a draw from the jaws of victory with a final score of 2-2.

FC Dallas ran up their home unbeaten streak to nine games in 2013 with a record of 7-0-2. The draw, however, was not enough to keep them at the top of the Western table as Real Salt Lake's win over Seattle propelled them over Dallas. FC Dallas is only one point behind Real Salt Lake with a game in hand.

Sporting climbed up to a tie for third place and improved their record to 6-5-5 on the year. Next week they will return to Sporting Park to take on the Columbus Crew. Sporting will be without CJ Sapong for the match due to his red card in this match.