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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Gianluca Busio (45')
  • Nani (78')

Nani earns Orlando City late draw vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Nani's filthy goal earns Orlando City a point in Kansas City (0:48)

Nani is rewarded for his brilliant finish after a VAR review in Orlando City's 1-1 draw at Sporting KC. (0:48)

Nani scored in the 79th minute to lift Orlando City SC into a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Friday night in Kansas City, Kan. Both clubs had multiple scoring opportunities that went unfulfilled.

Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes couldn't fully enjoy becoming the second man in MLS history to be a part of 600 MLS matches. He joined Jason Kreis, who played in 327 matches and coached 335 to lead all-time with 662 matches.

Vermes played in 209 matches, including his last three years with the Kansas City Wizards, the predecessor of Sporting Kansas City. He has been the manager of Sporting K.C. since 2009, and he managed his 391st match with the club Friday night.

There were plenty of balls finding the back of the net, but only two counted.

Orlando City controlled much of the possession in the second half, going several minutes without letting the ball past the midfield stripe. But they couldn't capitalize until Nani's goal with about 10 minutes remaining.

Sporting appeared to get on the board early when Nicolas Isimat-Mirin collected a deflection in front of Orlando City keeper Pedro Gallese in the 13th minute, but he was ruled offside after video review.

Orlando had its own opportunity pulled back because of an offside ruling. Benji Michel gathered a deflection off SKC keeper John Pulskamp, but the flag was up.

Sporting K.C. finally grabbed the lead when Gianluca Busio fired one past Gallese through a crowd in the 45th minute. Daniel Salloi found Busio in a crowd just inside the box, and Busio found the back of the net.

Orlando City appeared to draw even in the 49th minute as Andres Perea right-footed a shot from the left side of the box. But a video review disallowed the goal because he was ruled offside.

An offside flag first negated Nani's goal, but this time a review reversed the call. Nani back-heeled it in from close range, the first goal of the season for Orlando City.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 25 +18 55
2 Nashville SC 23 +17 41
3 Orlando City SC 24 +2 38
4 Atlanta United FC 25 +5 36
5 New York City FC 23 +14 35
6 DC United 25 +5 34
7 CF Montréal 24 +4 34
8 Inter Miami CF 24 -11 32
9 Philadelphia Union 23 +4 32
10 Columbus Crew 25 -5 30
11 New York Red Bulls 23 +1 26
12 Chicago Fire FC 24 -14 23
13 FC Cincinnati 23 -19 20
14 Toronto FC 24 -24 15

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 25 +17 46
2 Seattle Sounders FC 23 +17 45
3 Colorado Rapids 23 +11 43
4 LA Galaxy 24 0 38
5 Portland Timbers 24 -7 34
6 Real Salt Lake 24 +5 33
7 LAFC 24 +3 33
8 Minnesota United FC 23 -5 31
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 23 -4 29
10 FC Dallas 25 -4 27
11 San Jose Earthquakes 24 -7 27
12 Houston Dynamo FC 25 -9 23
13 Austin FC 24 -14 19