Dynamo Fall to Sporting Kansas City 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Houston Dynamo FC dropped a 3-2 result to Sporting Kansas City this evening. The match was played in front of a capacity crowd at Children's Mercy Park, the first such game for the Dynamo since March 7, 2020, also in Kansas City.
Houston scored the opening goal of the match against the run of play in the 14th minute, beginning with forward Fafa Picault stripping the ball off defender Ilie Sánchez near the end line. Picault's cross found forward Maxi Urruti inside the box and the forward laid the ball off to midfielder Matías Vera for his first goal in MLS.
Kansas City equalized in the 52nd minute off a free kick from Gianluca Busio. The midfielder scored from outside the box after his effort went over the wall and dipped just inside the top corner of the near post, caroming across the goalmouth and over the line.
The home side took the lead in the 61st minute following a penalty kick from forward Alan Pulido. Kansas City was awarded the spot kick after Dynamo captain Boniek García was whistled for a foul on Pulido just inside the box.
Sporting scored their third goal of the half four minutes later after Busio found Gadi Kinda inside the box for his third goal of the season.
Urruti scored his fourth goal of the season in stoppage time to make it 3-2 in the waning moments. The Argentinian striker initiated the scoring play in his own defensive third, breaking up a Kansas City pass. Midfielder Darwin Cerén picked the ball up and played it up the flank to forward Mateo Bajamich, who carried the ball into the penalty area. Urruti, who raced the length of the field after forcing the turnover, beat two Sporting defenders to the ball inside the six-yard to tap the ball home.
Dynamo goalkeeper Marko Marić made a key save in the first half after he denied Roger Espinoza's side volley from near the penalty spot. The 25-year-old was called into action again in the 43rd minute to save Khiry Shelton's header. The Dynamo shot stopper finished with five saves on the night.
The Dynamo head into an extended break due to a FIFA international fixture window, and will return to regular season action on June 19 when they visit the Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium. That match will be televised nationally on UniMás. The Dynamo return to BBVA Stadium on June 23 to host Portland Timbers FC.
Sporting Kansas City (5-2-1; 16 pts.) 3-2 Houston Dynamo FC (3-3-2; 11 pts.)
MLS Regular Season - Week 7
Children's Mercy Park - Kansas City, Kansas
TEAM 1H 2H FT
Sporting Kansas City 0 3 3
Houston Dynamo FC 1 1 2
HOU: Matias Vera 1 (Maxi Urruti 1, Fafa Picault 2) 14'
SKC: Gianluca Busio 2 (unassisted) 52
SKC: Alan Pulido 5 (penalty kick) 61
SKC: Gadi Kinda 3 (Gianluca Busio 1, Khiry Shelton 3) 65
HOU: Maxi Urruti 4 (Mateo Bajamich 1, Darwin Cerén 1) 90+4
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Luis Martins, Andreu Fontàs, Ilie Sánchez, Graham Zusi; Gadi Kinda, Gianluca Busio, Roger Espinoza (C) (Remi Walter 77); Dániel Sallói, Alan Pulido, Khiry Shelton (Johnny Russell 64)
Unused substitutes: John Pulskamp, Wilson Harris, Roberto Puncec, Kaveh Rad, Jaylin Lindsey, Felipe Hernandez, Amadou Dia
Total shots: 21 (Gianluca Busio, Roger Espinoza, Gadi Kinda, Alan Pulido 3); Shots on goal: 9 (Gianluca Busio, Gadi Kinda 2); Fouls: 10 (Luis Martins 2); Offside: 0; Corner kicks: 11; Saves: 2 (Tim Melia 2)
Houston Dynamo FC: Marko Marić; Adam Lundkvist, Boniek Garcia (C), Tim Parker, Zarek Valentin; Derrick Jones (Darwin Ceren 67), Joe Corona, Matías Vera (Mateo Bajamich 80); Memo Rodriguez (Ari Lassiter 67), Maxi Urruti, Fafa Picault
Unused substitutes: Michael Nelson, Jose Bizama, Maynor Figueroa, Christian Ramirez, Nico Lemoine, Alejandro Fuenmayor
Total shots: 10 (Ari Lassiter, Maxi Urruti 3); Shots on goal: 4 (Maxi Urruti 2); Fouls: 15 (Matías Vera 5); Offside: 0; Corner kicks: 2; Saves: 5 (Marko Marić)
HOU: Derrick Jones (caution; foul) 4
HOU: Matias Vera (caution; persistent infringement) 42
HOU: Boniek Garcia (caution; foul) 82
SKC: Graham Zusi (caution; foul) 90+1
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referee: Cory Richardson
Assistant Referee: Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Kevin Terry JR
Weather: 67 degrees and clear skies
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