By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United FC
Sporting Kansas City surrendered a late lead to Minnesota United FC in a 2-1 upset on Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
Forward Khiry Shelton earned Sporting the lead in the 43rd minute after Alan Pulido sent a clever midfield turn to the 27-year-old forward who then slotted it home at the near post past Tyler Miller, whose errant commitment opened the chance.
The Loons thought they found an equalizer in the 64th minute. But Sporting KC was given a sigh of relief when the call was overturned following a VAR review which deemed Kevin Molino offside.
Danger struck Sporting KC’s defense as goalkeeper Tim Melia received a red card in the 74th minute – his second ever since 2014 – after a challenge on the Loon’s Aaron Schoenfeld outside the penalty area. Melia’s exit paved the way for Richard Sanchez to make his debut.
The Loons came close to getting on the scoreboard again in the 90th minute when Hassani Dotson’s point-blank diving header floated off target. However, two minutes later Jan Gregus whipped in a teasing free kick into the crowded box that ricocheted off Shelton into Sporting’s net leveling the match. From there, the Loons threw numbers forward in search of three points.
In a last-ditch effort to regain control, Manager Peter Vermes made three additional substitutions seeing Gianluca Busio, Daniel Salloi, and Erik Hurtado take the pitch. However, that was not enough as Molino hammered in the game-winner on the volley to deny Sporting KC a result.
Sporting KC will look to rebound on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. CT when they face longtime rivals Colorado Rapids on ESPN2.
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