Sporting Kansas City 1 Philadelphia Union 1: Hosts go top despite draw

Sporting Kansas City moved top of the Western Conference in MLS despite being held to a 1-1 draw by the Philadelphia Union on Thursday.

Diego Rubio's stunning 49th-minute goal was cancelled out by a Roland Alberg penalty at Children's Mercy Park.

The result put Peter Vermes' Sporting a point clear of Dallas – who have played two fewer games – while Philadelphia stayed eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting had gone close to taking a first-half lead, but Daniel Salloi's powerful 25-yard strike was palmed away by John McCarthy.

But there was no denying Rubio just four minutes after the break.

The Chilean twisted and turned after receiving a Salloi pass on the edge of the area before finding the top corner from 20 yards.

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But Alberg levelled in the 69th minute, the substitute sending Tim Melia the wrong way from the penalty spot after C.J. Sapong was fouled in the area.

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The result saw Sporting extend their unbeaten home run to 19 matches in MLS.

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