With their 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night Sporting Kansas City are now unbeaten in six of their last seven matches. Sporting Kansas City dominated the match, controlling 56% of possession and more than doubling Vancouver’s shot count, but the sides came out even.
Sporting Kansas City’s first chance came when Graham Zusi advanced the ball inside the right corner of the box and sent a shot in to the near post in the 5th minute. Vancouver’s goalkeeper, Brad Knighton, was positioned well though and knocked the ball away.
In the 25th minute, midfielder Oriol Rosell had another chance for Sporting Kansas City. Rosell picked up the ball 25 yards out and sent a powerful shot on goal, but Knighton was once again there to parry the shot away. The rebound fell to Soony Saad but his attempt only found the side-netting.
Sporting Kansas City’s persistence paid off in the 35th minute. Matt Besler’s short throw-in found Rosell, who sent in a lofted cross to the back post. Chance Myers headed the ball back toward the center where defender Aurelien Collin’s first hit was blocked by Vancouver’s Johnny Leveron, but Collin’s second attempt powered into the goal to make it 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City.
Manager Peter Vermes’ halftime talk was changed abruptly when Vancouver snatched an equalizer only seconds before the halftime whistle. Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo sent a curling free kick into the top corner from the top of the box to make the score 1-1 at half.
Sporting Kansas City once again controlled the second half but were unable to break the deadlock.
The best chance to take the lead came in the 76th minute. Substitute Benny Feilhaber picked up the ball and sprinted toward the goal. After his pass deflected off of a defender, it fell to Graham Zusi who sent a low shot from the top of the 18-yard box that smashed off the post before being cleared by Vancouver.
Late in stoppage time, last match’s hero Kei Kamara had a chance to grab the win for Sporting Kansas City but his deep strike went just wide.
Sporting Kansas City’s next match will be away against the Chicago Fire
on Sunday, June 7th. The match will be nationally broadcast on ESPN at 2 p.m. CT.