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Leveling late: Jordan Hamilton secures Toronto FC 2-2 draw with Sporting KC

Toronto FC moves above the playoff line in the East with a second consecutive draw

A goal by Jordan Hamilton deep into second-half stoppage time helped Toronto FC earn a 2-2 draw against Sporting Kansas City Friday night at BMO Field.

After falling behind on a second Felipe Gutierrez penalty kick called following Video Review, Hamilton in the 73rd minute, Hamilton leveled in the fifth of six minutes of stoppage time allotted.

On an advantage call, Alejandro Pozuelo chipped a ball into the box to Ryan Telfer, who quickly played across the six-yard box where Hamilton  tapped in his career-high fourth goal of the season.

It was also the league-leading 10th goal for Toronto FC (5-6-4, 19 points) in the final 15 minutes of games this season.

The Reds pressed for a goal inside the opening 15 minutes and came close when Eriq Zavaleta leaned back to latch onto a Pozuelo corner kick and snapped his header on frame. But Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia dived to his right to make the save.

Sporting went ahead in the 25th minute on Gutierrez’s first spot kick, which sent Quentin Westberg the wrong way. It came after Drew Moor was judged to have pulled back Gerso inside the box following Video Review.

Toronto FC equalized two minutes from halftime with Pozuelo again initiating the play, threading a pass to Justin Morrow, who played a well-weighted ball across the face of goal where Nick DeLeon knocked in from inside the six-yard box.

Sporting Kansas City (3-5-7, 16 points) went ahead again in the 73rd minute following the second Video Review of a possible infraction in the box. Referee Fotis Bazakos pointed to the spot after it was ruled Gutierrez was fouled from behind by DeLeon after being played into the box by Yohan Croizet. Gutierrez slammed home from the spot for his sixth goal of the season, one shy of his total in 2018.

Jun 7, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view of BMO Field prior to the start of Sporting Kansas City at Toronto FC at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

It was a second straight draw for Toronto FC, which extended a winless streak to seven games. It’s also back-to-back draws for SKC, which has one win in their last 11 games.

Toronto FC, which moved above the playoff line in the East, one point in front of Orlando City SC and the Chicago Fire, now have a break for the Concacaf Gold Cup group stage before playing at FC Dallas on June 22.

Sporting KC, which is three points below the playoff line in the Western Conference, will meet Minnesota United in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Allianz Field Wednesday.




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