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August 31, 2013 8:30 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
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Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Colorado Rapids: Late Zusi strike keeps Sporting in hunt for top seed

It looked to be a draw before the U.S. national team midfielder scored shortly before the end of regular time.

By Keith Hickey

Graham Zusi, Sporting KC
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Sporting Kansas City playmaker Graham Zusi scored a late winner to defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Sporting Park on Saturday and keep his side equal on points with the Eastern Conference leaders.

Benny Feilhaber found the net for the hosts in the 33rd minute, picking up a loose ball in midfield and curling an audacious shot around Clint Irwin from some distance.

Colorado got one back in the 77th, when Edson Buddle's attempt deflected off Matt Besler and wrong-footed Jimmy Nielsen.

But with two minutes remaining, Zusi played hero. Streaking down the flank, right back Chance Myers hit a looping service to the far post. After C.J. Sapong teed him up with a header, Zusi ran onto the pass and fired a shot past Irwin.

With the win over Colorado (10-8-9), Kansas City (12-9-6) moved into a three-way tie with the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact for first place in the East.


Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
 - 
78
 - 
10
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
33′ 83′
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
71′
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
88′
 - 
14
Dominic Dwyer
Striker
74′
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
79′
 - 

Colorado Rapids

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1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Drew Moor
Defender
91′
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
 - 
8
Dillon Powers
Midfielder
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
65′
 - 
24
 - 
7
 - 
26
 - 
30

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
31
 - 
10
 - 
16
 - 
17
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Striker
83′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
G. Mera
Defender
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
 - 
-
Martín Rivero
Midfielder
57′
 - 
23
 - 
9

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Coach/Manager

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  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
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  • Goal.com Rating
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  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1