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Zusi scores in 88th as Sporting KC beat Rapids

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Zusi scores in 88th as Sporting KC beat Rapids
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Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales (11) defends against Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi (8) in the first half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Graham Zusi scored in the 88th minute to lift Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night and into a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Benny Feilhaber also scored for Sporting (12-9-6), which broke a two-match shutout loss streak and pulled even with Montreal and New York atop the East.

Feilhaber scored from 30 yards in the 33rd minute to put Kansas City up 1-0. After center forward Dom Dwyer - making his first league start - beat Colorado's Hendry Thomas to a loose ball, Feilhaber's right-footed shot curled inside the left post, breaking Sporting's goalless streak at 213 minutes.

Edson Buddle, who entered the match as a substitute in the 70th, tied it seven minutes later for the Rapids (10-8-9), who snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak.

Buddle tracked down a deflected ball 25 yards from goal, and his low shot deflected off center back Matt Besler's foot and bounced inside the right post.

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