UnionFanTV has you covered with updates from today’s match versus Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park. Glad you can join us.
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7:23 PM —
Tonight’s Starting XI against Sporting Kansas City has been released.
Good news: Jack Elliot is on the field, and in tonight’s XI. Englishman was listed as “questionable” heading into this one, after sustaining an injury to his tibia in the match against New England.
Curtin makes no changes to the team that handily defeated New England 3-0; he elects to keep Ilsinho at the 10, over Roland Alberg who scored a wonder goal in that match.
Warmups are underway from Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
1′ : Here we go.
Union looking to extend their unbeaten run to three and edge closer to that red line. Sporting looking to extend their 19-match unbeaten run at Children’s Mercy Park and take sole possession of first in the Western Conference.
12′ : Ilsinho’s shot hits the side netting.
A quick counter from the Union ended in zip, nothing, nada. Good switch of the field from Chris Pontius, who picked his head up and found a streaking CJ Sapong.
17′ : John McCarthy tested by Latif Blessing
McCarthy had Blessing’s shot covered and he palmed it away.
24′ : Jack Elliot heads a Daniel Salloi shot away
Union avert conceding a goal, after Blessing danced by the defense and centered the ball to Salloi, who was left free at the top of the box.
28′ : McCarthy makes a huge reactionary save
Salloi’s dead-ball nearly found its way into the roof of the net, but McCarthy’s quick reaction saved the day, including a goal.
31′ : Hydration break
36′ : Elliot’s sliding tackle ushers a dangerous cross out of play
Crouchie’s thwarted quite a few chances tonight.
38′ : McCarthy comes out strong to stop Saad Abdul-Salaam, who was left unmarked in the box
McCarthy looks to have gotten hurt in the process. He remains down.
McCarthy is up and will remain on the field.
44′ : Salloi’s “cross” clips off the crossbar
If you will call it that. Nevertheless, a lucky moment for McCarthy and the Union.
45′ + 5 : First half comes to an end.
Sporting dominated from start to finish, but were unable to beat McCarthy, Elliot and the rest of the backline.
45′ : Second half begins.
Can the Union hold on for a point? Can Curtin’s men knick a goal on the road? Or will they falter? Only time will tell.
49′ : Sporting gets on the board first.
Diego Rubio’s curling effort is no match for a sprawling McCarthy.
66′ : Referee gives a penalty!
He hesitated, but Ricardo Salazar blows his whistle and motions to the spot. Sapong was brought down from behind, in the box, by Benny Feilhaber.
68′ : It’s Roland Alberg to take; and its Alberg to convert!
As cool as you like. 1-1.
70′ : McCarthy! Again.
Another reactionary save, this time on Blessing. McCarthy’s kick save saves Sporting from going up a goal.
73′ : Blessing is going to need a (wait for it) blessing.
McCarthy stonewalls the Ghanaian again, this time tipping Blessing’s snapping header over the bar.
77′ : Second hydration break
81′ : A clash of heads sees Ray Gaddis and Blessing left on the ground
90′ + 2′ : Salloi. Cannot. Finish.
Hungarian pulls his shot wide of McCarthy’s net.
90′ + 7′ : Salazar blows his whistle.
Match ends 1-1. A big result for the Union at Children’s Mercy Park.
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