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The Great Equalizer: Sporting Kansas City 2-2 Toronto FC

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Toronto FC scores in stoppage time to draw with Sporting Kansas City 2-2.

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With no centerbacks and Chance Myers leaving the game due to injury, it makes sense that Toronto would be able to score late in the game to equalize.

Still hurts.

Sporting Kansas City's late goal allowed to Toronto would be the equalizing force that brought the match between the two sides to a 2-2 draw after a splendid earlier performance the rest of the game.

The first half was full of early chances and wide open gaps due to the team's defensive situations. However, neither team was able to put a goal in the back of the net or even force a good save. The only really noteworthy part of the first half was Chance Myers leaving the game in the game in the 36th minute with an Achilles injury. Already at a fullback having to play centerback, Sporting KC lost another defender from there. Sal Zizzo came on and Jacob Peterson moved back to fullback as Sinovic moved to the center.

The teams went into the locker room tied at zero.

The second half started off with a bang, however. In the 47th minute, Dom Dwyer took the ball at the top of the box and passed it to Zizzo on the side of the box before making a run in. Zizzo passed it back to the Englishman, who finished to the side to score his ninth goal of the year, putting him in a tie for the MLS lead in goals.

Toronto would continue to receive bad news in the 63rd minute when Steven Caldwell went in for a tackle on Dovale with a high leg, studs up and connected with the midfielder's abdomen. He was shown a straight red card and the Reds were down to ten men.

Of course, being a man down gave Toronto FC life. In the 67th minute, Toronto won the ball in the midfield off of a nice Collen Warner tackle, getting the ball up the field to Jermaine Defoe. Defoe pushed the ball upfield before getting it to Luke Moore behind the defense, who finished it for his second goal in as many games.

Sporting KC would grab the lead once more in the 84th minute after Doneil Henry collided with Igor Juliao in the box, knocking the fullback to the ground and conceding the penalty. Dom Dwyer would convert the penalty and Sporting Kansas City re-grabbed the lead 2-1.

It was not over yet for the Reds, however. A set piece in the 91st minute found the head of Bradley Orr, who knocked it over the hands of Eric Kronberg and into the net for the equalizer. It was Orr's first of the season and the fifth stoppage time goal given up by Sporting KC this year.

That would be the last scoring play of the match, leading to a 2-2 final. Sporting KC returns to action Tuesday with a home match against the New York Red Bulls.