A late goal from Jacob Peterson was enough for the ten-men Sporting KC to hold on against Toronto FC in an exciting 2-1 victory.
It was their fifth straight road win and their sixth win in their last seven matches overall. This win also pulled them level with the Seattle Sounders at the top of the league. Seattle still has three games in hand, however.
The Reds went on the board first in the 16th minute when Dominic Oduro sent in a beautiful pass from the side into the middle of the box. Jackson Concalves got Gruenebaum to bite early on a feint, then he pulled back and finished the shot far post for the goal. It was his third goal of the year.
Toronto almost doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Oduro sent in a nice cross into the box that was headed towards goal by Nick Hagglund, but it went off the post before being cleared away. It would have been Hagglund's first of the year.
Dominic Oduro continued to be a thorn in Sporting Kansas City's side in the 33rd minute when he drove down the sideline and into the box. He fired a shot near post that got under the hand of Andy Gruenebaum but went off the post again.
Although Toronto had several chances in the first half, Jackson's 16th minute goal would be the only score as they went into the half up 1-0.
Sporting KC stormed right back in the second half, however. In the 47th minute, Sporting KC got the ball into the box but it was semi-cleared away by the Reds. It fell to Graham Zusi at the top of the box and he finished nicely into the top corner far post for the equalizer.
In the 55th minute, Seth Sinovic pulled up lame after a offensive attack from Toronto FC and had to be subbed out by Kevin Ellis. It would be later revealed that he had a right groin muscle strain.
In the 75th minute, the game continued to get more physical when Matt Besler fouled Dominic Oduro on the wing. Already sitting on a caution, this foul would earn Besler a second yellow card and he would be sent off. It was Besler's first red card in his entire career.
As if the game wasn't weird enough, it would be Jacob Peterson who put Sporting Kansas City ahead in the 79th minute. Coming in from the midfield, he capitalized on a loose ball in the box and finished it far post for the score. Dom Dwyer had set the ball up nicely with a back heel and all Peterson had to do was put it on target. It was his second goal of the year and it put Sporting KC ahead with ten minutes to go.
The ten-men visitors were barraged with attacks from the Reds for the remainder of the match but they were able to keep them out of the net as they held on for the 2-1 victory.
Sporting KC returns home next Friday to face off against the Philadelphia Union.