MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 08:14:55
Mar 9, 2015 at 12am UK at ​Livestrong Sporting Park
KansasSporting Kansas City
1-1
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
Opara (50')
Besler (70')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Sam (54')

Result: Ten-man Sporting Kansas City hold on against New York Red Bulls

Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls share the spoils in their MLS season-opener.

Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls shared the spoils in their opening match of the MLS season at Sporting Park.

Ike Opara's second-half opener was cancelled out by Lloyd Sam's long-range effort four minutes later.

Seth Sinovic tried to give Kansas the lead in the eighth minute, but his shot from outside the penalty area was saved by Luis Robles.

Two minutes later, Roy Miller's header missed the target before Graham Zusi's shot was blocked at the other end.

Krisztian Nemeth had two chances for Kansas but failed to hit the target with either attempt, while Amadou Dia and Bernardo Anor had shots of their own saved in a dominant opening 25 minutes for Kansas.

Red Bulls looked the most likely to score towards the end of the half, though, as Felipe's shot was saved by Luis Marin in the 37th minute.

Opara opened the scoring in the 50th minute from close range, but Kansas could only hold on to the lead for four minutes.

Sam was the man to level things up for the visitors, curling the ball into the net from long range to restore parity.

Dom Dwyer came close to scoring in the 58th minute, but his shot from 10 yards rolled past the left post. Dwyer then turned provider, heading the ball to Zusi, who shot over the bar from close range.

Kansas were forced to play the final 20 minutes with just 10 men as captain Matt Besler was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Red Bulls searched for a winner in the closing stages, and Sam came close to scoring a second, directing the ball past the far post after losing his marker inside the penalty area.

Matt Miazga threatened from the edge of the area but his shot was saved. Dwyer then nearly scored a late goal on the counter-attack, but his half-volley went inches past the post.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta35226772442872
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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