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Rapids Fall Late

July 17, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

The Rapids took an early lead on Friday but couldn't hold on after two red cards brought the squad down to nine men in the second half. Jonathan Lewis equalized late, but a deflected stoppage-time shot from Graham Zusi sealed their fate. Recap

Graham Zusi's deflected stoppage-time winner helped lift Sporting Kansas City to a 3-2 win over the nine-man Colorado Rapids in a wild Group D match Friday night.

It was a match that had a bit of everything with three Video Reviews, a pair of sending offs and 12 minutes of second-half stoppage time.

It was a role reversal of sorts for SKC, who were victimized by a Tim Melia red card and conceded twice late in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota United in their opener.

Zusi's winner erased Jonathan Lewis' dramatic 84th-minute equalizer for the Rapids, who led early on a sensational first-time strike by Kellyn Acosta.

Khiry Shelton scored his second goal of the tournament - third if you include his own goal equalizer against the Loons - in the 65th minute, a stunning first-time volley to level.

Alan Pulido gave Sporting its first lead from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after Diego Rubio was ruled to have handled Zusi's cross following Video Review.

Moments later, Jack Price was sent off by referee David Gantar on a straight red card for dissent.

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