Zusi's late goal gives Sporting KC a win over Colorado
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Graham Zusi scored in stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a wild 3-2 victory Friday night over the shorthanded Colorado Rapids in the MLS is Back tournament.
The win left Sporting Kansas City in third place with a 1-1 record in Group D play. Sporting’s final group play match is 8 a.m. Wednesday against Real Salt Lake (1-0) and the knockout stage begins Saturday.
Jonathan Lewis scored in the 84th minute to pull the Rapids into a 2-2 draw after Alan Pulido's penalty kick put Sporting up in the 72nd minute. The match was contentious, with two second-half red cards taking the Rapids down to nine players.
The Rapids took the early lead when Kellyn Acosta scored with the inside of his left foot in the sixth minute.
Colorado's Nicolas Benezet got a yellow card after an elbow to the face of Zusi, who was treated for several moments after the hit.
Colorado's Danny Wilson pulled down Khiry Shelton as he was sprinting toward the goal. After a video review, Wilson was handed a red card and sent off in the 61st minute.
Minutes later, Shelton evened the game from a difficult angle with a shot that sailed into the top of the net and into the far corner.
A controversial handball call on Diego Rubio gave Pulido the penalty kick, which he buried to put Sporting up 2-1.
Just moments later, Colorado's Jack Price was sent off with another red card after it appeared he said something to the referee. That took the Rapids down to nine players, but Colorado appeared to overcome the disadvantage with Lewis' equalizer.
Sporting was without goalkeeper Tim Melia because of a red card in the last match. Richard Sanchez started in his place.
Rapids also had a change in goal, starting William Yarbrough instead of Clint Irwin, who took a knock in the team's opener. Yarbrough is playing for Colorado from Liga MX club Leon.
The two teams opened the regular season with a pair of victories before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
And both lost their opening matches in the MLS is Back tournament, which is being played without fans at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.
Colorado fell 2-0 to Real Salt Lake. It was the first time the Rapids had failed to score since coach Robin Fraser took over last August.
Sporting lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Minnesota United, giving up both goals in stoppage time.