Sporting Kansas City did not get the result they wanted in Trinidad Tuesday night, as they wasted multiple scoring opportunities late in the match and settled for a 2-2 draw with Central FC.
Defenders Seth Sinovic and Kevin Ellis were on the scoresheet for the away side as they opened their 2016-17 Champions League campaign.
The first half was controlled by Sporting Kansas City but they could not gain an advantage over Central FC. The Trinidad team was dangerous on the counter and kept Sporting KC honest, leading to a 0-0 halftime score.
Sporting KC did gain an advantage starting in the 51st minute when Sinovic made a run and a weird deflection off of him went into the net for Sporting KC's first goal on the night. It was Sinovic's first goal since his screamer in the 2013 MLS Cup semifinals. He would later leave the match with an injury.
Only three minutes later, Central were back on level terms. Marcus Joseph was the scorer for the home side as he capitalized on a ball that Saad Abdul-Salaam could not clear and shoved it past Jon Kempin for the goal.
Two minutes afterwards and Central had the lead. Joseph was on the assisting side as he slid a through ball into the box where Kenwyne Jones was able to put the ball past Kempin and into the net. After grabbing a lead just five minutes earlier, Sporting KC were suddenly losing in a match they absolutely needed a result.
They would gain their equalizing goal in the 70th minute. Brad Davis put a ball on the ground into the box where Ellis made a run and took it around the keeper. The former forward used a nice piece of skill to find an opening and put the ball in the net to level the match.
The next 20 minutes were mostly Sporting Kansas City looking for a goal to take the lead but they could not get the ball past the keeper and were shutout when they needed a goal the most. They had to settle for the 2-2 draw in their opening match.
They sit tied for second in the Champions League group with one point, two down from Vancouver, who beat Central earlier in the season. Sporting KC will have a chance to take a big result as they travel to Vancouver next Wednesday, but will host them in league play on Sunday first.