Busio scores in second straight match as Sporting KC ties FC Cincinnati 1-1

Gianluca Busio scored Sporting KC's lone goal in a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati on Sunday.
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CINCINNATI — Gianluca Busio scored for the second consecutive game to help Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 tie with FC Cincinnati on Sunday.

A 16-year-old homegrown, Busio made his third MLS start and now has three goals in 367 career minutes.

Kelyn Rowe played an arcing pass from near midfield to a streaking Busio near the top of the box, where defender Greg Garza and goalkeeper Spencer Richey — who came off his line — got tangled up, allowing Busio to roll in an empty-netter that made it 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Darren Mattocks, selected by FC Cincinnati (2-2-2) in the 2019 Expansion Draft after scoring 10 goals for D.C. United last season, converted from the spot in the 19th after Kansas City’s Roland Lamah drew a penalty conceded by Andreu Fontas.

Adrian Zendejas, a 23-year old making his MLS debut in place of Tim Melia (rest), had three saves — including a leaping stop of a free kick by Leonardo Bertone in stoppage time, for Sporting (2-1-2).