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Sporting KC II secure first shutout in draw against El Paso

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John Pulskamp was stellar for SKC II.

Thad Bell

Sporting Kansas City II won their third point of the season with a scoreless draw against El Paso Locomotive FC on Sunday, May 30, at Children’s Mercy Park.

Sunday’s draw brings SKC II to three points this season from six matches. They end the week in seventh place of the Central Division.

With eight loans from the first team, here is the lineup that Sporting II put out.

El Paso got the first big opportunity in the sixth minute when miscommunication gifted the opportunity for the visitors. El Paso’s Jose Aguinaga took on the shot, met by a diving save from John Pulskamp.

SKC II replied with a chance of their own a minute later. Wilson Harris played Cameron Duke, who executed a chip, but it was cleared away by a defender before crossing the line.

The visitors had their second chance in the ninth minute. Macauley King whipped in a dangerous cross that was met well by Josue Gomez, but Pulskamp did well to make the save diving to his right.

Sporting II had their second chance denied by the crossbar in the 24th minute. Kaveh Rad stepped in to win the ball and delivered a ball for Enoch Mushagalusa streaking down the left, who controlled the ball and touched it over his defender, setting up a right-footed shot from just outside the box that clanked against the corner of the frame.

Sporting KC II closed out the first half with one final chance in the 45th minute. Felipe Hernandez sent in a great delivery from a free kick, but a wide-open Kaveh Rad could only put it wide from about 10 yards out.

Mushagalusa was involved again in the second half. He sent a header wide in the 55th minute and put another shot wide in the 58th minute.

El Paso had a couple of good chances later. The first one came in the 78th minute when Aidan Apodaca’s shot was blocked by Jaylin Lindsey. In the 82nd minute, El Paso’s Diego Luna had a shot deflected over for a corner. Their final chance came in the 87th minute when Pulskamp came up big again to deny a goal for Leandro Carrijó.

It will be a quick turnaround for Sporting KC II, who will go again at home on Wednesday, June 2, against FC Tulsa.

Sporting Kansas City II: John Pulskamp; Amadou Dia; Danny Barbir; Kaveh Rad; Jaylin Lindsey (C); Petar Cuic; Cameron Duke; Felipe Hernandez (Jayin Van Deventer 62’); Enoch Mushagalusa (Ozzie Cisneros 90’); Wilson Harris (Ropapa Mensah 73’); Grayson Barber (Tyler Freeman 73’)

Subs Not Used: Max Trejo; Aljaz Dzankic; Kayden Pierre

El Paso Locomotive FC: Adrian Zendejas; Éder Borelli; Yuma (C); Mechack Jerome (Matt Bahner 31’); Macauley King; Richie Ryan; Nick Ross; Jose Aguinaga (Bryam Rebellón 59’); Dylan Mares (Diego Luna 59’); Luis Solignac (Leandro Carrijó 59); Josue Aaron Gomez (Aidan Apodaca 75’)

Subs Not Used: Ben Beaury; Louis Herrera

Misconduct Summary:

ELP — Eder Borelli (yellow card; foul) 67’

SKC — Kaveh Rad (yellow card; foul) 78’

ELP — Macauley King (yellow card; foul) 90+4’