Sporting Kansas City were cruising to another three point road trip, another big win and another shutout. Then, the league's best defense let up for about 2 minutes and Eddie Gaven's header beat Jimmy Nielsen at the near post.
Just like that, the door swings shut on the Supporter's Shield race (the San Jose Earthquakes need just one point over its last two games to clinch the trophy) and gives Chicago a foot in the door of catching KC in the East.
The 1-1 draw isn't the end of the world, however. Sporting Kansas City's magic number is now four with matches against New York and Philadelphia ahead.
Let's heat up some leftovers and run through some notes, quotes, stats and facts from yesterday's match.
• Kansas City is 17-7-8 with 59 points on the season.
• The franchise is now 71-131-61 all-time on the road and 211-206-108 in the regular season.
• Chew on this: KC have only lost twice since June 29th. (Kansas City's last loss was to Columbus on July 28.)
• Sporting's unbeaten streak is now a league-leading 10 games. It's the longest undefeated streak by an MLS team this season.
ZUSI AND SAPONG LEAD THE WAY
• C.J. Sapong, who put KC up 1-0 with a header in the 10th minute, is really starting to heat up. Over the last five matches, the forward has three goals and an assist.
• Kansas City is 12-0-2 in MLS play (including playoffs) when Sapong scores.
• Midfielder Graham Zusi picked up the controversial assist on Sapong's goal.* It's his 15th on the season, which leads MLS.*Some will point out that Zusi should have only picked up the assist if Sapong buried the first attempt. I disagree. The ball that Zusi played into the box is the only reason that Sapong was in position to score. Just because it took Sapong a second chance to put it away shouldn't preclude Zusi from earning the assist. Soccer is a fluid sport and the assist stat should bear that out.
• Watch the goal again.