Russell’s late goal lifts Sporting KC to 1-1 tie with Rapids

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              Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell celebrates after scoring the tying goal against the Colorado Rapids during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Commerce City, Colo. The teams tied 1-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Johnny Russell scored in the closing minutes to help Sporting Kansas City tie the Colorado Rapids 1-1 on Sunday night.

Gianluca Busio drew a foul against defender Axel Sjoberg a few yards outside the area and Russell put away the ensuing free kick , lifting it over the leaping 6-foot-7 Sjoberg and bending it inside the near post in the 88th minute.

Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia mishandled a pass from Seth Sinovic and Diego Rubio capitalized, charging in to finish into an empty net from the corner of the 6-yard box to open the scoring in the 54th.

Johan Blomberg was shown a yellow card in the 80th minute and again in the 87th, leaving Colorado (0-1-2) a man down. Sporting is 1-1-1.