Sporting Kansas City kept their comeback reputation alive and well, with MVP candidate Daniel Salloi firing home a near-post shot in the 92nd minute to earn a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
Salloi’s 12th goal of the year saved a point, but the Seattle Saunders was ahead of Sporting for the Western Conference lead, while FC Dallas won 1-0. And Portland, looking to bounce back from a Cascadia rival defeat to Seattle last weekend, slipped another lead to reject what the road result would be.
Portland’s defensive failures provided a moment of blood in the blood for Salloi in the second-half stoppage time, and the home forward crossed past goalkeeper Steve Clark and headed home. That puts Sporting 18th in the league from behind this year.
The Timbers opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Marvin Loria Felipe Mora was the engineer for the opener. His bending cross put the Chilean national team ahead as he led goalkeeper Tim Melia to a 1-0 lead. Mora’s goal is his seventh in the year.
Portland looked back to double their advantage in the 75th minute when midfielder Diego Valerie’s scoop shot missed Melia, but it bounced off a distant post. The opportunity arose from some high pressure, and Sebastian Blanco chose Valerie for the near-range look.
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The best form of sporting was on Leveler before the Salloi’s strike through the groove in the 59th minute, but the Israeli midfielder was unable to capitalize. Graham immediately hit a juicy pinpoint cross, Kinda headed towards the Portland goal, Clark saved less and then supported the rebound.
SKC center-back Andrew Fontas had a goalmouth header in the 98th minute, but he was unable to keep the pinball-like sequence to the west. Instead, each one fits into a single point.
With his late equalizer tonight, @danielsalloi has taken sole possession of first place in @MLS with 18 combined goals (12) and assists (6) this season. #SportingKC— Sporting Matchday (@SKCmatchday) August 19, 2021
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Big Image: Try as much as you can to stay in Sporting and Portland Farm. The hosts fought back to get another result from the losing position, but the visitor’s backlink gaps became lethal again. It had Western conference implications, slipping from the Sporting No. 1 spot and failing to create some cushion above the Portland jam-packed playoff line.
Movement of the match: Daniel Salloi’s, thanks to this stoppage-time equalizer, has now scored a career-high 12 goals this year. His low points from 2019 and 2020 feel like ages ago.
Man of the Match: Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Daniel Sallo is SKC’s star player. Born in Hungary, Wide Forward has 18 goals and a year to help, proving that every bit worthy of his place in next week’s MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.