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Thursday night's debut of Livestrong Sporting Park had almost everything.
Between Sporting Kansas City finally having a home game in its sparkling new stadium, a keeper sent off for deliberately handling the ball outside his own area, nine minutes of second-half stoppage time — not to mention a pitch invader dressed as a cow — the 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire wasn't a garden-variety scoreless draw.
The one thing the opener lacked was goals. Sporting Kansas City thought it would have a golden opportunity for a goal when Chicago's Bratislav Ristic went into a challenge on Omar Bravo from behind inside Chicago's penalty area in the 85th minute.
Bravo got undercut and fell to the ground where he appeared to have some serious lower-back pain, but referee Michael Kennedy ruled that Ristic's tackle was clean and did not warrant a penalty call.
What do you think? Watch video of the challenge after the jump:
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