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Recap of the MLS match between Sporting KC and St. Louis City SC

Sporting Kansas City forward Alan Pulido (9) controls the ball while defended by St. Louis City defenseman Kyle Hiebert (22) in the second half at Children’s Mercy Park on April 20, 2024.

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Sporting KC took the lead twice against arch-rival St. Louis City SC. But in something that is becoming a well-known trend in 2024, Sporting kept coughing up the lead and settled for a point.

On Saturday evening, the teams drew 3-3 at Children’s Mercy Park.

Sporting KC took the lead in the 17th minute. Tim Leibold took possession in midfield and passed to Alan Pulido, who combined for a nice give-and-go that put Pulido on target. He powerfully stopped his left-footed shot inside the far post.

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St. Louis responded with goals that came from physical 50/50 challenges. And Joao Klauss, St. Louis’ star man, was at the center of two chances.

First, Klauss won a one-on-one battle in the penalty area with Jake Davis to get on the end of a cross. For the second goal, he won what the referee deemed a 50/50 challenge with Willy Agada. St. Louis took a few passes to get the ball to Celio Pompeu, who fired a shot into the top corner, giving St. Louis a 2–1 lead at halftime.

But Sporting KC responded almost immediately in the second half with the substitution that brought on Johnny Russell.

Russell took a free kick that found its way to Daniel Salloi, whose shot somehow sneaked into the goal to make it two.

Erik Thommy made it 3-2, finishing off a one-on-one chance, but then came the old storyline that has cropped up again and again for Sporting this year.

In stoppage time, St. Louis’ Tomas Totland somehow found himself in space in front of the goal, and Leibold’s tackle couldn’t bring him down. He finished his one-on-one chance against goalkeeper Tim Melia and sent each team home with a point.

Next: Sporting KC heads north to St. Paul, Minnesota. The kick-off against Minnesota United FC is Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Daniel Sperry covers football for The Star. He can be reached at Sperry[email protected].