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Ivan Franco’s late goal lifts Dynamo to draw with Sporting KC

Ivan Franco’s late goal lifts Dynamo to draw with Sporting KC

On Saturday, Ivan Franco scored eight minutes into second-half stoppage time to pull the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 tie with visiting Sporting Kansas City.

Franco’s goal came as the Dynamo (8-9-4, 28 points) battled for the tying goal in overtime. Thorleifur Ulfarsson assisted Franco, who had come on as a replacement in the 78th minute.

Alan Pulido’s brace, which included a penalty kick midway through the second half, gave Sporting the lead and set the stage for the visitors’ first away win in two months. The Dynamo, on the other hand, did enough to prevent only their second home loss of the season.

Pulido’s goal was his ninth in his last seven games, and it enabled Kansas City (6-10-7, 25 points) secure a point in one of the most difficult MLS venues for visitors.

Pulido collected a one-touch backheel pass from Gadi Kinda and calmly hoisted a shot over onrushing Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark and into the middle of the goal in the 25th minute. Andreu Fontas beat a Houston midfielder to a pass from the back end and fed Kinda near the top line of the penalty area to start the scoring play.

Houston tried for an equalizer in the last minutes of the first half, and Hector Herrera’s attempt from beyond the area in the 44th minute was easily stopped by Kansas City goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh.

Ibrahim Aliyu’s goal from the goalmouth to the bottom-left corner tied the score three minutes later. Herrera played a nice one-two with Corey Baird at the top of the box, collected the return pass from Baird, and pulled McIntosh off his line before delivering to Aliyu for his first MLS goal.

Pulido scored from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute after the Dynamo’s Jose Artur de Lima Junior fouled Kinda in the area. After Clark moved to his right, Pulido beat him to the right center of the net.