Sporting KC opens three-game road trip Wednesday at New England

Sporting Kansas City will begin a three-game road trip at New England on Wednesday.

The midweek match is scheduled to kick off at Gillette Stadium at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on KMCI’s 38 The Spot and on SKCTV across the Midwest. Fans can listen to the match on ESPN 1510 AM (English) and La Gran D 1340 AM (Spanish). Postgame coverage will be available on Sports Radio 810 WHB’s The Final Whistle with hosts Jonathan Kaplan and Dave Borchardt.

Sporting KC’s official watch party will be held at Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant located inside Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Sporting KC boasts the most road wins in Major League Soccer with seven, including victories in five of the team’s past six road matches. The reigning MLS Cup champions are tied with Supporters’ Shield leaders Seattle Sounders FC for the best winning percentage away from home in 2014 (.583).

Sporting KC is 8-4-6 all-time at Gillette Stadium during regular season play. The team’s eight victories at Gillette Stadium are the second most of any road venue in club history, one shy of the team’s nine wins all-time at Crew Stadium.

Sporting KC’s .611 winning percentage at New England is their second best mark at any road location all-time (minimum five games played) and Sporting KC has scored more goals at Gillette Stadium (29) than any other road stadium in club history. In 2014, New England has conceded the fewest goals at home in MLS (10), while Sporting KC has conceded the fewest goals on the road (13).

The New England Revolution are undefeated in their last three matches, most recently earning a 3-0 result against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe and Teal Bunbury each tallied for the visitors to snap a five-game road losing streak.

Bunbury spent his previous four seasons with Sporting KC, scoring 19 goals during MLS regular season play and earning the Golden Boot for Sporting KC in 2011.

Sporting KC has dropped back-to-back matches: a 3-0 defeat against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United and a 3-1 loss to rivals Houston Dynamo last Friday.

Dom Dwyer scored the lone goal for the home side in the club’s last match, moving him one shy of the club record for goals scored in a single season set by Preki with 18 in 1996.

Sporting KC will be without Dwyer and Benny Feilhaber on Wednesday as both players serve the League’s mandatory one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

New England midfielder Scott Caldwell will also be unavailable for selection by Manager Jay Heaps as he too serves a suspension for caution accumulation.

In-game updates can be found online at SportingKC.com/GameOn or via Twitter from @SKCGameday.
– Story from Sporting KC

Sporting KC drops match to Houston, 3-1

Sporting KC mascot Blue visited with fans during Friday's match in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
Sporting KC mascot Blue visited with fans during Friday’s match in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Last night Sporting Kansas City took a loss against Houston Dynamo in MLS soccer action at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. The final score was Houston Dynamo 3, Sporting Kansas City 1.

At the beginning the game was delayed because of heavy rains. After that the battle truly began. Both teams truly played their hearts out in a grueling match. Scoring the only Sporting KC goal in the match was Dom Dwyer.

Sporting Kansas City, 12-8-6, remains in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point back of D.C. United. Houston’s record went to 8-13-4. Houston is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The next three games Sporting KC will be out of town. The first one, Sept. 3, will be against the New England Revolution. For more information, go to the website, www.sportingkc.com.

Fans watched as Houston won 3-1 over Sporting KC Friday in soccer action at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.  (Photo by William Crum)
Fans watched as Houston won 3-1 over Sporting KC Friday in soccer action at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Sporting KC mascot Blue helped to lead the cheers Friday at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
Sporting KC mascot Blue helped to lead the cheers Friday at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Fireworks at Friday's Sporting KC match. (Photo by William Crum)
Fireworks at Friday’s Sporting KC match. (Photo by William Crum)

Sporting KC renews rivalry with Houston on Friday in KCK

Sporting Kansas City renews its rivalry with the Houston Dynamo on Friday in Kansas City, Kan.

The Eastern Conference match will kick off at 7 p.m. on NBCSN. Additional coverage can be found on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

The match will mark the 50th consecutive MLS sellout at Sporting Park. A limited number of standing room only tickets remain available and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices on Friday.

Sporting KC and the Dynamo have met on 15 occasions in all competition since 2011, making it the most played matchup among MLS teams over the last four seasons. Five of those 15 matches have come during the MLS Cup Playoffs, where the teams have met the past three seasons. The Dynamo eliminated Sporting KC in 2011 and 2012 before Peter Vermes’ squad prevailed 2-1 on aggregate in their journey to hoisting the 2013 MLS Cup trophy.

Sporting KC is 7-9-9 all-time against the Houston Dynamo in MLS competition (including playoffs), but is unbeaten in seven straight meetings dating back to 2012. During the seven-match unbeaten run against the Dynamo, Sporting KC has posted five clean sheets and allowed just two goals.

Sporting Kansas City and Houston have already met once in 2014. Sporting KC earned a 2-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium in June despite playing a man down for the majority of the match after referee Juan Guzman handed Sporting KC midfielder Antonio Dovale a straight red card.

Houston is 1-10-1 on the road this season with seven goals scored and 29 goals allowed, while Sporting KC is 5-2-6 at home this season. Both teams are coming off 3-0 losses in their most recent matches, but Sporting Kansas City remains only one point back of D.C. United for the Eastern Conference lead.

Friday’s match could feature up to four players who started for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis. Beasley started and played 90 minutes in his first three matches since joining Houston in late July, but the Designated Player missed Houston’s last match and is listed as questionable with a left hamstring strain.

Follow the match online at SportingKC.com/GameOn or via Twitter @SKCGameday.
– Story from Sporting KC