The game started out with a 4th minute Houston Dynamo yellow card to Derrick Jones. The dramatics escalated with a 13th minute Houston goal by Matias Vera. Roger Espinoza almost scored the first goal for Sporting KC on a good chance with a volley. Houston gained another yellow card, this time to Vera in the 42nd minute.
The second half started out exciting with a 51st minute goal by Gianluca Busio off a free kick. The Dynamo nearly scored with a 2 on 1 opportunity in the 57th minute, which was saved by Tim Melia and cleared by Graham Zusi sweeping back. Sporting KC was awarded a penalty from a foul on Alan Pulido. Pulido put the ball in the back of the net, scoring the penalty kick in the 61st minute.
Gadi Kinda scored what would end up being Sporting’s winning goal in the 65th minute.
Houston secured a third and final yellow, this one to Boniek García in the 82nd minute. Sporting KC then gained their only yellow card, with Zusi getting a yellow card in the 91st minute.
Three minutes of stoppage time were added to the second half, which resulted in Houston decreasing Sporting KC’s lead. The Dynamo scored their second and final goal in the 93rd minute, scored by Maximiliano Urruti after SKC went for goal and did not run out the clock.
SKC is off until June 12th when they return to play Austin FC.
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ilie Sanchez, Andreu Fontas, Luis Martins; Gianluca Busio, Roger Espinoza (C) (Remi Walter 77’), Gadi Kinda; Khiry Shelton (Johnny Russell 74’), Alan Pulido, Daniel Salloi
Subs Not Used: John Pulskamp, Amadou Dia, Jaylin Lindsey, Roberto Puncec, Kaveh Rad, Felipe Hernandez, Wilson Harris
Houston Dynamo FC: Marko Maric; Zarek Valentin, Tim Parker, Boniek Garcia (C), Adam Lundqvist; Matias Vera (Mateo Bajamich 80’), Derrick Jones (Darwin Ceren 67’), Joe Corona; Fafa Picault, Maxi Urruti, Memo Rodriguez (Ariel Lassiter 67’)
Subs Not Used: Michael Nelson, Jose Bizama, Maynor Figueroa, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Nico Lemoine, Christian Ramirez
HOU — Matias Vera 1 (Maxi Urruti 1, Fafa Picault 2) 13’
SKC — Gianluca Busio 2 (unassisted) 51’
SKC — Alan Pulido 5 (penalty kick) 61’
SKC — Gadi Kinda 3 (Gianluca Busio 1, Khiry Shelton 3) 65’
HOU — Derrick Jones (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 4’
HOU — Matias Vera (yellow card; persistent infringement) 42’
HOU — Boniek Garcia (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 82’
SKC — Graham Zusi ( yellow card; unsporting behavior) 90+1’
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referee: Cory Richardson
Assistant Referee: Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.
AVAR: Jonathan Johnson