Sporting Kansas City extended its undefeated record to six games with four draws. SKC moved top of the Western Conference standings despite being held to a 1-1 draw by the Philadelphia Union at Children’s Mercy Park.
Philadelphia started the match off slow offensively, relying heavily on starting goalkeeper John McCarthy to keep Sporting’s offense in check. The Northeast Philly native earned the start for the Philadelphia Union as Andre Blake is away with Jamaica for the 2017 Gold Cup.
John McCarthy made six saves in an exceptional 90 minutes of fill-in duty for Andre Blake, Roland Alberg leveled on a second-half penalty earned by C.J. Sapong and the Philadelphia Union clawed to a 1-1 road draw against Sporting Kansas City.
Diego Rubio opened the scoring in the 49th minute and this was his first goal since last year’s ACL tear on a gorgeous 20-yard curler. Unfortunately, the goal was cancelled out by a Roland Alberg penalty at Children’s Mercy Park.
As a result, Philadelphia left Children’s Mercy Park unbeaten in their last three as they try to work back into the Eastern Conference playoff places. West leader SKC remains unbeaten in their last 19 at home and six overall but settled for a second consecutive home draw.
Alberg’s penalty kick was set up after C.J. Sapong was taken down from behind by Benny Feilhaber at the top of the area. Alberg caught Tim Melia diving the wrong way.
After fireworks from both sides and several attempts by SKC, McCarthy and the Union stood tall and earned a massive road point in the 1-1 draw.
- 49′ – SKC – Diego Rubio
- 69′ – PHI – Roland Albeg (PK)
- Sporting Kansas City with 32 points are the table topper of the Western Conference
- Philadelphia Union with 23 points are at the 8th position in the Eastern Conference