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Sporting KC's late-game problems continue
March 15th, 2014 11:05PM
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[MLS: Week 2]Late-game mismanagement has already cost Sporting Kansas City  three points in its first two games. First, the defending champion lost at Seattle on a goal conceded four minutes into stoppage time. Then, on Saturday night, it gave up the tying goal on a set piece, in the 90th minute, as it had to settle for a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas in its home opener.

Aurelien Collin had put Sporting KC ahead in the 81st minute, but four minutes into stoppage time, Brazilian Michel played a ball into the area that defender Matt Hedges headed home for the stunning equalizer.

What They're Saying:
"It's unacceptable and it's not who we are. I'm not happy and the guys know it. It's not who we are. We have been very good the first five minutes of every game, the last five minutes of each half, the first five minutes of the second half ... we've been very good. So it's not something that is going to continue, I can tell you that."

-- Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes on allowing another late goal.

GOONIE NUMBERS.Another late comeback took place in -- where else? -- San Jose as the Earthquakes got a goal from Victor Bernandez in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn a 3-3 tie with Real Salt Lake. The Honduran had also scored in the 75th minute.

21.The draw extended San Jose’s unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 21 games in all competitions. The Quakes had used another 95th-minute goal, this one from Alan Gordon, four days earlier to tie Toluca, 1-1, in the Concacaf Champions League.

15. San Jose has scored 15 winning or tying goals in stoppage time in all competitions since 2012.

First to six: The Houston Dynamo became the first team to win its second game with its second shutout win at home, a 1-0 win over Montreal thanks to Will Bruin's third goal in two games. Only the winner of Sunday's Chivas USA-Vancouver game, if there is one, will match the Dynamo at 2-0-0.



PK CONTROVERSY. The New York Red Bulls had to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids on a controversial penalty awarded to the Rapids by Irish referee Alan Kelly, a PRO employee serving as a replacement for locked out PSRA referees.

The Red Bulls had taken the lead on Thierry Henry's first goal of the season, but Colorado tied the game when Kelly ruled defender Jamison Olave had fouled Marvin Chavez in the box, setting by Vicente Sanchez’s tying goal from the penalty spot.

Red Bulls coach Mike Petke, who made four changes in the starting lineup from the team that was crushed at Vancouver a week before, did not directly criticize the call.

"It was an unfortunate goal for us to give up, but at times we lacked creativity and imagination, in the second half specifically,” he said. “Having said that, there were a couple goals to be had and we just weren’t able to get the winner.”

GONCALVES ABSENT FROM LOSS.The Philadelphia Union handed the New England Revolution its second straight loss with a 1-0 decision thanks to Sebastien Le Toux's first-half goal.

Leo Fernandes, who started just three games last season in his rookie year, set up the goal after being inserted in the starting lineup as a late insertion for Union captain Brian Carroll, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms.

The Revs were without 2013 Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves, who has been unhappy with his contract situation following the Revs' purchase of his contract from Swiss club FC Sion.

WEEK 2: Schedule
Saturday, March 15
San Jose 3 Real Salt Lake 3.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Victor Bernardez, Shea Salinas) 6
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Joao Plata) 11
RSL: Joao Plata (Luis Gil) 32
RSL: Luke Mulholland 45+4
SJ: Victor Bernardez (Shea Salinas) 75
SJ: Victor Bernardez 90+5
Att.: 10,525.

Sporting KC 1 FC Dallas 1.

SKC: Aurelien Collin (Benny Feilhaber) 81
DAL: Matt Hedges (Michel) 90
Att.: 19,431.

Houston 1 Montreal 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Giles Barnes) 40
Att.: 18,245.

Philadelphia 1 New England 0.
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Leonardo Fernandes) 31
Att.: 18,651.

New York 1 Colorado 1.

NY: Thierry Henry (Lloyd Sam) 57
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 72
Att.: 20,542.

Seattle 1 Toronto FC 2.
TOR: Jermain Defoe (Jonathan Osorio) 17
TOR: Jermain Defoe 24
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins) 67
Att.: 38,441.



WEEK 2: Schedule
Sunday, March 16
3 pm ET
Portland vs. Chicago, UniMas
7 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Houston 2-0-0 5/0
4 Philadelphia 1-0-1 2/1
3 Columbus 1-0-0 3/0
3 Toronto FC 1-0-0 2/1
1 Sporting KC 0-1-1 1/2
1 New York 0-1-1 2/5
0 Chicago 0-1-0 2/3
0 Montreal 0-2-0 2/4
0 D.C. United 0-1-0 0/3
0 New England 0-2-0 0/5

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
4 FC Dallas 1-0-1 4/3
4 Real Salt Lake 1-0-1 4/3
3 Vancouver 1-0-0 4/1
3 Chivas USA 1-0-0 3/2
3 Seattle 1-1-0 2/2
1 San Jose 0-0-1 3/3
1 Portland 0-0-1 1/1
1 Colorado 0-0-1 1/1
0 LA Galaxy 0-1-0 0/1
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
3+1 Will Bruin
, Houston
2+2 Victor Bermudez
, San Jose
2+2 Jermain Defoe
, Toronto FC
2+1 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
2 Sebastian Fernandez
, Vancouver
2 Federico Higuain
, Columbus


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