Aliyu, Franco rally Sporting KC to 2-2 draw with Dynamo

BRIDGEVIEW, ILLINOIS - JUNE 6: Houston Dynamo starting XI pose for a team photo at SeatGeek Stadium on June 6, 2023 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/USSF/Getty Images for USSF) (Robin Alam/USSF, 2023 USSF)

HOUSTON – Ibrahim Aliyu and Iván Franco scored stoppage-time goals in each half for the Houston Dynamo to offset a two-goal effort from Sporting Kansas City’s red-hot Alan Pulido as the two clubs played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night.

Franco's equalizer came in the eighth minute of second-half stoppage for Houston (8-9-4) with assists from Thorleifur Úlfarsson and Héctor Herrera. It was Franco's second goal in the eighth start and 18th appearance of his rookie season.

Pulido used passes from Gadi Kinda and Andreu Fontàs to find the net and give Sporting KC (6-10-7) a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

Pulido's goal stood up until Aliyu scored for the first time this season, getting assists from Herrera and Corey Baird in the second minute of stoppage time to knot the score at 1-1 at halftime.

Sporting KC took the lead on Pulido's penalty-kick goal in the 62nd minute. Pulido has scored 10 goals this season with nine of them coming in his last seven appearances.

Sporting KC is now 8-3-3 in its last 14 matches with the Dynamo. The eight victories since the start of the 2018 season matches its total against Minnesota United for the most wins over a single opponent.

The Dynamo entered play on a four-match win streak at home in all competitions. The club scored four goals in its last two victories, something it had only done once before — in August of 2008.

Steve Clark notched one save for Houston. Kendall McIntosh saved four shots for Sporting KC.

Clark became the 12th goalkeeper to play in 250 career matches last time out, including the playoffs. Clark and Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls are the only two on the list to have never played in an All-Star Game.

Sporting KC returns home to host Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Houston will host Minnesota United on Wednesday.


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