Recap: Sporting KC earns 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers in second match of pre-season

Sal Zizzo scores 31st minute goal but Timbers tie it up late

Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers drew 1-1 Saturday night in an MLS preseason match at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. Sal Zizzo and Schillo Tshuma traded goals as Sporting KC moved to 1-0-1 during their 2014 preseason campaign.

Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes used separate squads in each half for the second consecutive match and used 24 players overall. Vermes was without Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber who all featured for the U.S. Men’s National Team earlier in the day in a friendly vs. the Korea Republic.

Playing against his former club for the first time since December’s trade, Zizzo put Sporting KC ahead in the 31st minute off a set piece. Claudio Bieler curled a perfectly placed free kick to the penalty spot and Zizzo headed the ball off the far post to give Sporting KC the early lead.

The physical affair saw the referee hand out five yellow cards including four in the first half. Center back Aurelien Collin picked up two cards – his second minutes after Zizzo’s goal – forcing Sporting KC to play the final 57 minutes with only 10 men.

With the man advantage, Portland pushed forward in the second half looking for the equalizer. The push paid off as Schillo Tshuma, the No. 17 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, found the back of the net in the 84th minute. Fellow draft pick Aaron Long played a sublime ball over the top of the Sporting KC defense and Tshuma chipped the bouncing ball past goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to level the match.

Gruenebaum made three saves in the second half including a kick save on Nikita Kotlov in the 91st minute. Kotlov slipped past a pair of defenders, but the Overland Park native stood his ground and deflected away the 21-year-old’s attempt.

Sporting KC will play one more preseason game in Arizona before returning to Kansas City. The defending MLS Cup champions will take on NASL expansion side Indy Eleven Friday at 3 p.m. CT at Kino Sports Complex. For Sporting KC’s full preseason schedule visit SportingKC.com/preseason.

Goals

Sporting KC Portland Timbers
Sal Zizzo 31' (Claudio Bieler) Ntokozo Tshuma 84' (Aaron Long)

Discipline Summary

Sporting KC Portland Timbers
Aurelien Collin 13' (Caution) Gaston Fernandez 36' (Caution)
Peter Schmetz 22' (Caution) Mamadou Danso 75' (Caution)
Aurelien Collin 33' (2nd Caution - Ejection) Michael Nanchoff 88' (Caution)

Lineups

Sporting KC Portland Timbers
Kronberg (Gruenebaum 46); Myers (Ellis 46), Schmetz (Jerome 46), Collin, Sinovic (Gardner 46); Duke (Punyed 46, Martinez 76), Nagamura (Trialist 1 46, Marini 70), Bieler (Saad 46); Zizzo (Bunbury 46, Gabeljic 81), Dwyer (Olum 35), Sapong (Peterson 46) Ricketts (Gleeson 46), Jewsbury (Powell 46), Paparatto (Danso 46), Kah (McKenzie 46), Villafana (Peay 46), Zemanski (Fochive 46), Fernandez (Nanchoff 46), Johnson (Long 46), Alhassan (Tshuma 46), Urutti (Piquionne 46), Nagbe (Kotlov 46)