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FC Kansas City blows late lead, ties with last-place Washington

Updated: 2013-07-04T05:02:49Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

This again, huh?

For the second straight road game, FC Kansas City coughed up a late lead, turning a would-be victory Wednesday in the nation’s capital into a disappointing draw.

The latest comeback came courtesy of last-place Washington when Diana Matheson rifled a penalty kick into the back of the net in the 86th minute, giving the game its 1-1 final.

Matheson broke the team’s 547-minute scoreless streak on a penalty kick FC Kansas City argued should never have been awarded.

“The referees took it away from us,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a phone interview. “There’s only so much we can do. We can play against the other team. We can’t compete against the referees.”

It was unclear whether center back Becky Sauerbrunn or right back Leigh Ann Robinson was whistled for the foul that led to the penalty kick, but Andonovski’s strongest disagreement was the location of the infraction.

“I don’t know if it was a foul or not, but it wasn’t in the box,” Andonovski said. “I don’t think the referee was in a good position.”

The Blues, 7-4-3, still managed to extend their unbeaten streak to four games. Erika Tymrak netted her fourth goal of the season in the 55th minute.

FC Kansas City played without leading scorer Lauren Cheney, who is in California for her wedding. Earlier Wednesday, Cheney was named the National Women’s Soccer League player of the month for June, during which she scored six goals. She will also miss Sunday’s match when the team returns home to face Western New York.

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