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Sporting Kansas City
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Real Esteli FC
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Tuesday, September 17, 20138:00 PM
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Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 78'SKCJacob Peterson
  • Graham Zusi
 54'RESRudel Calero
  • Samuel Wilson
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+4'RES Juan BarreraTime wasting
 83'SKC Josh GardnerFoul
 57'RES Douglas De SouzaFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 78'RES
Elmar Antonio Mejia Rodriguez (M)
Leandro Teófilo (M)
 74'SKC
Jacob Peterson (M)
Soony Saad (F)
 71'RES
Franklin Lopez (M)
Manuel Rosas (M)
 62'SKC
Dominic Dwyer (F)
Claudio Bieler (F)
 HTRES
Samuel Wilson (F)
Wilber Sanchez (M)
 HTSKC
C.J. Sapong (F)
Peterson Joseph (M)

Starting Formations

18Kronberg31Gardner3Opara5Besler15Sinovic19Joseph20Oriol Rosell10Feilhaber8Zusi16Bieler22SaadM13778141713241Lorente17Zeledon3De Souza4Kardek21Rodriguez27de Oliveira7Rosas8Sanchez14Leandro Teófilo20Barrera11CaleroM1523121610299RAA4

Lineups

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Sporting Kansas City
18GEric Kronberg
31DJosh Gardner
3DIke Opara
5DMatt Besler
15DSeth Sinovic
19MPeterson Joseph
20MOriol Rosell
10MBenny Feilhaber
8FGraham Zusi
16FClaudio Bieler
22FSoony Saad
Real Esteli FC
1GJusto Lorente
17DFelix Zeledon
3DDouglas De Souza
4DAllan Kardek
21DFelix Dorian Rodriguez
27MIuri de Oliveira
7MManuel Rosas
8MWilber Sanchez
14MLeandro Teófilo
20MJuan Barrera
11FRudel Calero
Bench
1Jimmy Nielsen
37Jacob Peterson
78Aurélien Collin
14Dominic Dwyer
17C.J. Sapong
13Lawrence Olum
24Mechack Jerome
 
15Franklin Lopez
23Salvador Garcia
12Elmar Antonio Mejia Rodriguez
16Elvis Angel Figuero
10Samuel Wilson
29Roger Sanchez
9Joaelton Sanpaio
Managers
  Peter Vermes
 
  Ramos Otoniel Olivas
OFFICIALS

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RefereeSandy Vasquez  
Assistant RefereeHector Manuel Delgadillo Castaneda  
Assistant RefereeMario Jesus Lopez Carrillo  
Fourth OfficialRicardo Arellano Nieves  
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
8:00 PM
Sporting Park
FOX Soccer Plus

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – If there's such a thing as an upset draw, this was it. Sporting KC were spared further blushes, however, when Jacob Peterson netted his first goal of 2013 to hand Sporting a 1-1 draw against Nicaragua's Real Estelí on Tuesday night at Sporting Park in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Four minutes after coming on as a second-half sub, Peterson kept Sporting from being the first team ever to lose to Estelí in CCL play. More importantly, his 78th-minute tally kept them unbeaten in Group 2 without doing any serious harm to their chances of advancing out of the group.

Sporting, who beat Real Estelí 2-0 away last month, have seven points going into next month's group-stage finale against Honduras' CD Olimpia, who are on three points with a match in hand, meaning a draw in that match would suffice to see KC through.

The home team did everything but score before the break, dominating possession with the help of a succession of unforced giveaways by the visitors but seeing one shot blocked and two more saved by keeper Justo Lorente.

Soony Saad had Kansas City's most dangerous chance of the half, putting a hard attempt toward the lower left corner, but Lorente sprawled to his right to knock it away.

And then, less than ten minutes into the second half, came the stunner from Real Estelí's Rudel Calero.

After Eric Kronberg punched Samuel Wilson's shot over the bar, Wilson sent the resulting corner kick into the area, and Calero snapped a header inside Kronberg's right post for Estelí's first goal of the group stage and the first conceded by Sporting in three group matches.

Halftime sub C.J. Sapong nearly answered for Sporting in the 54th, but his header off Graham Zusi's corner kick was tipped over by Lorente.

As the second half wore on, and Real Estelí's players began hitting the pitch and being stretchered off in an attempt to kill off the clock, Sporting manager Peter Vermes used his last substitution to bring on Peterson for Saad in the 74th.

The move paid off when Zusi sent a low corner kick to the near post, and Peterson nutmegged Lorente for the equalizer.

That was all the hosts would get, even though they flirted with several potential game-winners near the death – including Peterson's miss, just outside the right post, after a bad tip from Lorente deep in stoppage time.

That and Peterson's goal were the only miscues on the night for Lorente, who finished with five saves.

Dom Dwyer drove a free kick just left in the 89th minute, Benny Feilhaber had a blast saved by the keeper in injury time, and Ike Opara – who scored in the away victory – put a header barely right later in stoppage time.

Steve Brisendine covers Sporting Kansas City for MLSsoccer.com.