Sporting Kansas City drew 1-1 with the Houston Dynamo in front of the third largest crowd in Sporting Park history on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Kan.
Brad Davis put the Dynamo ahead with a stoppage time goal in the first half, but Sporting KC fought back and equalized in the 68th minute with Kei Kamara's first goal of the 2013 season.
It was Sporting Kansas City with the first chance of the match, arriving in the fourth minute of play when Graham Zusi barreled through midfield and fired a low shot that was saved by goalkeeper Tally Hall.
The next 30 minutes progressed without any clear cut chances for either side. In the 36th minute, Matt Besler sent in his signature long throw that found the head of Zusi, whose attempt was block by Hall with a terrific diving save to thwart a goal for the home side.
The tide appeared to turn in Houston's favor in the 39th minute when Houston was awarded a penalty kick after Oriol Rosell's challenge on Davis in the box. However, after referee Drew Fischer conferred with assistant referee Kevin Duliba, the call was overturned.
Four minutes later, Sporting KC nearly went up a goal when Claudio Bieler played a quick one-two ball to Paulo Nagamura. The Brazilian's ensuing left-footed shot skipped just wide of the far post.
Houston struck just before halftime when Will Bruin played a through ball to Davis, who slipped the ball in past Nielsen for his third goal of the season.
Down a goal, Sporting Kansas City began the second half pressuring the Dynamo. In the 53rd minute, Jacob Peterson came close to equalizing but his shot was deflected just wide of the goal.
Peterson threatened again in the 65th minute when he drove the ball down the right flank and fired a low, angled shot that was just wide of the far post.
Sporting KC drew even in the 68th minute when Bieler tipped the ball to Kamara and the Sierra Leone international shot from 22 yards out with a low drive past Hall. The goal marked Kamara's first goal of the season since returning from his loan to Norwich City FC and Bieler's first assist as a Sporting KC player. Peterson was also credited with an assist on the play, his first of the season.
Eight minutes later, Kamara nearly bagged a second after he tipped a free kick from Zusi just over the crossbar.
The third minute of stoppage time saw a stellar save from Nagamura who slid the block a goal-bound shot from second-half substitute Jason Johnson.
Sporting Kansas City will play host to the Des Moines Menace in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Sporting Park. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at Sporting Park Box Offices.
- Story from Sporting KC