Sep 1, 2013 at 1.30am UK at ​Livestrong Sporting Park
KansasSporting Kansas City
ColoradoColorado Rapids
Feilhaber (33'), Zusi (88')
Rosell (71')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Besler (77')
Thomas (65'), Moor (91')

Result: Late Graham Zusi winner earns Sporting Kansas City win

Graham Zusi #8 of Sporting Kansas City controls the ball against the Chicago Fire during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 7, 2013
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Graham Zusi scores in the 88th minute to secure a win for Sporting Kansas City over Colorado Rapids in their MLS clash.

Sporting Kansas City maintained their playoff push with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in their MLS clash.

The visitors could have taken the lead in the 21st minute when Deshorn Brown was played behind the Kansas defence and he tried to loop a header over Jimmy Nielsen only to see the keeper collect the ball with ease.

Sporting took the lead in the 33rd minute when midfielder Benny Feilhaber collected a loose ball 30 yards from goal and lifted a volley over Clinton Irwin into the net.

Just before half time, Brown had another good chance to find the net as Dillon Powers found him on the edge of the area. He struck his shot well but Nielsen made an excellent save to tip the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Hendry Thomas rose highest in the penalty area and headed at goal but his effort crashed off the crossbar and City managed to scramble the ball away.

In the second half, Colorado finally got their equaliser as Edson Buddle drilled a shot from the edge of the area, which took a deflection of Matt Besler and rolled into the net.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but in the 88th minute Kansas found a winner through Graham Zusi volleyed into the net after being teed up by CJ Sapong's header across goal.

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