Toronto FC snaps 3-game skid in 2-2 draw at Sporting KC

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Toronto FC snaps 3-game skid in 2-2 draw at Sporting KC
Toronto FC snaps 3-game skid in 2-2 draw at Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jordan Hamilton tied it in the 69th minute and Toronto FC held on for a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

The native of Scarborough, Ont., made it 2-2 with a left-footed shot from 25 yards straightaway that curled inside the left post. The tie snapped a three-game losing streak for Toronto FC (4-10-4).

Sporting is a good team in their stadium. We’ll take our point and move on," said TFC captain Michael Bradley, whose team was playing its third game in a week. "We’ll continue to build on this.

"We talked a lot today about the idea that this was the first game of the second half of the season. It’s pretty clear what we have to do from here on in. We’ve got to win our fair share of games. But there’s going to be days where we can't win and we’ve got to find ways to pick up points. From that standpoint, a lot of positives tonight.:

Still, Toronto remains winless (0-6-2) in nine tries at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting Kansas City is now unbeaten in its past nine against Toronto.

"We would have liked to get three points," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "But like I said, in the situation that were in, we’ve dropped (three consecutive) games, we needed to stop that. We needed to build some momentum.

"We worked hard in the things that we’ve talked about. We did a little bit better tonight. And we’ve got to start to build some momentum out of that. A Western Conference point, well take it. It’s a tough place to come and get anything, so we’ll take it. But we know, with the games coming up, we need to continue to get healthy and hopefully we can take three points along the way as well."

Ilie Sanchez and Johnny Russell had rallied Sporting KC (9-4-6) to a 2-1 lead with a quick pair of goals earlier in the second half. Sanchez scored from the spot in the 57th minute and Russell ran onto a well-played ball from Diego Rubio and finished across the goalkeeper in the 61st.

Jonathan Osorio of Brampton, Ont., opened the scoring in the 25th minute for Toronto, redirecting Justin Morrow's cross into the net.

Toronto is winless in its past five games (0-3-2) and has just one victory in its past eight matches (1-4-3).

"If we're at any different point in the season, with a couple more points, you're happy coming to Kansas and getting a point," Hamilton said. "Unfortunately, the way the season is going, we would have wanted a win. We’ll use it as a building block and get to Orlando (on July 14) and hopefully get a win."

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