MLS Game Summary - Colorado at Kansas City|
(Wednesday, July 6, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colorado 1, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten
run in league play to nine games on Wednesday at Livestrong Sporting Park with
a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.
But one point very easily could have become three for the hosts.
The first half saw Colorado seize the lead in the 32nd minute through Conor
Casey as he took down a long ball from Tyrone Marshall and turned with it 20
yards from goal. Casey then ripped a left-footed shot past Kansas City
goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to make it 1-0.
Sporting picked things up in the second half and nearly capitalized on a
chance in the 62nd minute when Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens came off his
line to punch the ball clear. It only got as far as Julio Cesar 14 yards from
goal, but he failed to hit the target with Pickens out of position.
However, it took less than a minute for the game to be leveled as substitute
C.J. Sapong forced a save from Pickens, who spilled a rebound that Graham Zusi
pounced on and fired home from close range.
The hosts had two great chances to claim all three points over the final 15
minutes, but both times the woodwork came to the rescue of the Rapids.
Omar Bravo created the first by following up his own shot and smacking the
rebound off the post, while Sapong nearly stole three points deep into
stoppage time when his deflected shot was kept out by a brilliant save from
Pickens, who reacted well to tip the ball off the crossbar.
The Rapids have drawn their last two games, but remain winless in four
07/06 22:53:20 ET