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Mar 9, 2015 at 12am UK at ​Livestrong Sporting Park
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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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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta32206667392866
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls32205760332765
3New York City FCNY City32158955411453
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia32155124846250
5Columbus Crew32139103941-248
6DC United32138115749847
7Montreal ImpactMontreal32134154552-743
8New England RevolutionNew England32911124751-438
9Toronto3296175561-633
10Chicago Fire3287174759-1231
11Orlando City3274214172-3125

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dallas32169751391257
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles32168865481756
3Sporting Kansas CityKansas32158956391753
4Seattle SoundersSeattle321651147341353
5Portland TimbersPortland3214995046451
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake32137125154-346
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver32137125060-1046
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy32129116160145
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd32114174663-1737
10Houston DynamoHouston3298155353035
11Colorado RapidsColorado3267193262-3025
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3248204869-2120

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