It was a great night for soccer and Sporting Park was buzzing, but Sporting KC were unable to get the best of rival Real Salt Lake. Feilhaber was magnificent once again, finding space all evening and his set pieces were in point as well. Despite besting the visitors in just about every statistical category, they were unable to break though and take all three points.
Kansas City made their intentions clear from the very beginning. After winning a free kick in the 6' minute, the ball found Opara in the box who made a rather impressive pass to put Anibaba in on goal. Nick Rimando was able to get a leg on the shot attempt but RSL were on their heels after that.
Only four minutes later, Dom would dummy a pass for Nemeth, but he wasn't left with enough time and launched it high over the crossbar.
The chances continued the throughout the rest of the first half and the home team had 57% possession, 4 corners, and 6 shots on goal. Which leads to the best stat of the first half; RSL had 22 clearances while Sporting did not have a single one.
When the second half began it looked like much of the same. Feilhaber sent a cross in for Nemeth in the 46' minute. Nemeth got a touch and the ball came off the post to find Jacob Peterson, but his desperate follow up went just wide.
For what feels like the 10th time this season, Dwyer would have another goal disallowed in the 56' minute. It was again Feilhaber causing the trouble. His curling cross bent around the defense for Dom to slide it home, but he was offside.
The rivalry definitely persists between the two Western Conference foes. Dom won a free kick on the edge of the box in the 60' minute. And to the joy of the Cauldron, things got a little chippy in front of goal. Servando Carassco and Alvaro Saborio were cautioned for the extracurricular activities. And much to the dismay of the Cauldron, nothing would come from the set piece.
The game fell into a bit of a lull until the 80' minute. Dom went down in the box, but the referee waved play on. The stadium woke up and SKC won a corner kick a couple of minutes later. Ike Opara injured himself attempting to get his head on it and had to be carried off to the crowed chanting his name. Kevin Ellis came on to replace him.
Sporting were on the attack all the way until the whistle blew, but none of the 12 shot attempts were able to find the back of the net. Sporting will feel they should have been able to come up with all 3 points, but the draw leaves the club tied with RSL for 3rd place in the Western Conference.