Sporting KC ties Real Esteli 1-1

Sporting Kansas City forward Jacob Peterson, center, takes an inverted kick past Montreal Impact's Aaron Schoenfeild, left, and Justin Braun, right, while Sporting Kansas City' Kyle Miller looks on during a soccer match at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Jacob Peterson scored in the 78th minute, and Sporting Kansas City salvaged a 1-1 draw against Real Esteli in the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night.

Peterson's equalizer came after a low corner kick to the near post from Graham Zusi. It was the first goal of the year in any competition for the substitute.

The Nicaraguan side, which remained winless in 37 CONCACAF matches across all tournament formats, went up 1-0 in the 54th minute on Rudel Calero's header off Samuel Wilson's corner kick.

Sporting had several chances to win late, including Peterson's shot just outside the post in stoppage time after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Justo Lorente.

Sporting still leads Group 2 with seven points through three matches, with one more to play.