Ike Opara on target as Sporting KC battles Real Salt Lake to 1-1 draw. Sporting KC erases early deficit, keeps hold of second place in West; Opara nets third goal of 2018 on assist from Johnny Russell; Club can clinch playoff berth Saturday with home win over LA Galaxy.Sporting KC borra el déficit temprano, mantiene el segundo lugar en el Oeste; Opara consigue el tercer gol de 2018 con la asistencia de Johnny Russell.Sporting KC puede asegurar su pase a los playoff el sábado siempre y cuando derrote a LA Galaxy.

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Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) dives to stop a shot on goal from Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso (12) during the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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(Sept. 30, 2018) — Ike Opara’s 52nd-minute header helped Sporting Kansas City (15-8-7, 52 points) to a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake (13-11-7, 46 points) on Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park. Rookie forward Corey Baird had fired the visitors ahead in the ninth minute before Opara restored parity early in the second half, effectively splitting the points in a tense battle between Western Conference rivals.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City midfielder Yohan Croizet (10) moves the ball as Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Herrera (22) defends during the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City midfielder Yohan Croizet (10) moves the ball as Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Herrera (22) defends during the second half at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

 

The result keeps second-place Sporting KC two points behind Western Conference leaders FC Dallas with four regular season games still to play. Real Salt Lake, meanwhile, holds a two-point cushion over the LA Galaxy for the sixth and last playoff spot heading into the decisive month of October.

Manager Peter Vermes said “I think we were a lot better this week than last week. I thought we had a lot of urgency. I thought that this game was much different. It would be nice to score some of the chances, because we created some really good ones. I can’t criticize the team for the fact that I thought we played very well. We kept our composure even though we went down 1-0. We scored off a set piece. The number of chances we created was fantastic, we just didn’t put those other ones away to finish off the three points. We played well and I thought we had a good mentality. Our emotion in the game was good, too. We could have lost ourselves when we went down 1-0 and maybe conceded another one. We didn’t do that so that part was good.” Peter Vermes Concluded.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes watches play during the first half against Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes watches play during the first half against Real Salt Lake at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting KC will aim to secure a club-record eighth straight playoff berth with a win next Saturday as Children’s Mercy Park welcomes international soccer icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy (12-11-8, 44 points) at 7:30 p.m. CT. A limited number of tickets for the highly anticipated showdown are available via SeatGeek.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

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(30 de septiembre de 2018) – El remate sobre el minuto 52 de Ike Opara ayudó a Sporting Kansas City (15-8-7, 52 puntos) a empatar 1-1 con Real Salt Lake (13-11-7, 46 puntos) en Domingo en el Children’s Mercy Park.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso (12) kicks a shot on goal as Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) defends during the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso (12) kicks a shot on goal as Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) defends during the second half at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

El novato Corey Baird había logrado la anotación de los visitantes en el noveno minuto antes de que Opara consiguiera el empate en la segunda mitad, para que ambos se llevaran un punto en batalla entre los rivales de la Conferencia Oeste.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) heads the ball as Real Salt Lake Chinedum Onuoha (14) defends during the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) heads the ball as Real Salt Lake Chinedum Onuoha (14) defends during the second half at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

El resultado mantiene al Sporting KC, segundo lugar, dos puntos por detrás de los líderes de la Conferencia Oeste, el FC Dallas, con cuatro partidos de temporada regular por jugar. Mientras tanto, Real Salt Lake tienw ventaja de dos puntos sobre el LA Galaxy para el sexto y último playoffs en el mes decisivo de octubre.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) dives to stop a shot on goal from Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso (12) during the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) dives to stop a shot on goal from Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso (12) during the second half at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

El director técnico de Sporting KC Peter Vermes dijo: “Creo que estuvimos mucho mejor hoy que la semana pasada. Pensé que teníamos mucha urgencia. Pensé que este juego era muy diferente. Sería bueno anotar algunas de las oportunidades, porque creamos algunas realmente buenas. No puedo criticar al equipo por el hecho de que pensé que jugamos muy bien. Mantuvimos la compostura aunque bajamos 1-0. Marcamos un set. La cantidad de oportunidades que creamos fue fantástica, simplemente no apartamos esas otras para terminar los tres puntos. Jugamos bien y con una buena mentalidad. Nuestra actitud en el juego también fue buena. Podríamos habernos perdido cuando perdiamos 1-0 y quizás concedimos otro. No hicimos eso, así que esa parte fue buena ”. Concluyó Peter Vermes.

Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Referee Kevin Stott presents a yellow card to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez (not pictured) as forward Diego Rubio (11) argues the call during the second half against Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, KS, USA; Referee Kevin Stott presents a yellow card to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez (not pictured) as forward Diego Rubio (11) argues the call during the second half against Real Salt Lake at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

El Sporting KC intentará asegurar su pase a los playoffs el próximo sábado cuando en el Children’s Mercy Park reciba al ícono del fútbol internacional Zlatan Ibrahimovic y al Galaxy (12-11-8, 44 puntos) a las 7:30 p.m.

Un número limitado de boletos para el muy esperado enfrentamiento está disponible a través de SeatGeek.com o llamando al 888-4KC-GOAL.

 

 

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