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Bunbury’s late goal helps Sporting KC tie New England

July 31, 2011

Chalk up another memorable finish for Sporting Kansas City as it remains unbeaten in Major League Soccer action at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

An 89th-minute goal by Teal Bunbury lifted Sporting KC to a 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution Saturday night.

The victory lifted Sporting KC to a franchise record 13th straight match without a loss in MLS play.

Both squads had numerous scoring opportunities during the first half, and New England broke through in the 38th minute. Taking a back pass in his own penalty area, Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis hit a long clearance downfield that bounced beyond the Sporting Kansas City defence and into the path of Rejko Lekic. With just goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to beat, Lekic passed a calm finish into the bottom corner to put the Revolution up before the break.

Sporting Kansas City earned first chance after halftime in the 49th minute. Good work down the right flank from Kei Kamara saw the forward play an outswinging cross into the Revolution penalty area. Reis attempted to come and clear the cross himself, but instead helped it on to Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic who was waiting at the back post. Sinovic took a touch to settle, but ultimately couldn't keep his shot on target from a tight angle.

In the 66th minute, Reis came to the rescue for the Revolution. Following a corner kick, Sporting Kansas City Designated Player Jeferson hit a cross into the area. Defender Matt Besler flicked the ball into the path of C.J. Sapong, but Sapong's effort was saved well by the Revolution goalkeeper.

Four minutes later, Sapong played provider, knocking a cross into the box that was headed just over by Kamara as the scores remained level. Just after that chance, Chance Myers nearly found Omar Bravo with a teasing cross to the back post, but Bravo couldn't direct his header at goal.

In the 82nd minute, New England went down to 10 men after A.J. Soares brought down Sapong outside of the area. Soares was the last man back for New England, leading referee Terry Vaughn to show a straight red card.

Seven minutes later, Sporting Kansas City took advantage of the man advantage. Bunbury began the move, playing a one touch pass to Bravo who had let the initial pass to Bunbury run through his legs. Bravo's attempt to cut the ball back across the box was initially blocked, but made it's way to Bunbury, who finished low to the far post past Reis to save a point for Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting KC improved to 6-6-9 overall, and the club is 3-0-4 in MLS matches at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Sporting Kansas City next plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against Real Salt Lake.

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