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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 34 +24 73
2 Philadelphia Union 34 +13 54
3 Nashville SC 34 +22 54
4 New York City FC 34 +20 51
5 Atlanta United FC 34 +8 51
6 Orlando City SC 34 +2 51
7 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 48
8 DC United 34 +2 47
9 Columbus Crew 34 +1 47
10 CF Montréal 34 +2 46
11 Inter Miami CF 34 -17 41
12 Chicago Fire FC 34 -18 34
13 Toronto FC 34 -27 28
14 FC Cincinnati 34 -37 20

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Colorado Rapids 34 +16 61
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +20 60
3 Sporting Kansas City 34 +18 58
4 Portland Timbers 34 +4 55
5 Minnesota United FC 34 -2 49
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 0 49
7 Real Salt Lake 34 +1 48
8 LA Galaxy 34 -4 48
9 LAFC 34 +2 45
10 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -8 41
11 FC Dallas 34 -9 33
12 Austin FC 34 -21 31
13 Houston Dynamo FC 34 -18 30