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Match Preview: Sporting KC v Houston

07 November 9:05 am

Match Preview: Sporting KC v Houston

By Jonathon Feyerherm

 

Sporting Kansas City host the return leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Houston Dynamo. Sporting KC will need to overcome a 2-0 deficit to advance to the Eastern Conference Final against D.C. United or New York Red Bulls.

Head To Head

Sporting KC have never lost to the Dynamo have LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and did win 3-0 (three goal margin victory needed to avoid extra time) last September.

In the MLS Cup Playoffs, the teams have met three times with Houston winning all of those (all were 2-0). Sporting KC has not scored a goal in any of those matches.

Goals

Sporting KC are unbeaten this season when scoring two or more goals in a match (12-0-1) and scored more than half of their goals (24 of 42) in the first half. SKC are tied for the most goals scored in the first 15 minutes of a match (11) and lead the league with only two goals allowed during the same interval.

The Houston Dynamo tend to start off matches slower but are dominant late in matches with 17 goals scored in the last 15 minutes (76th to 90th minute) and six goals conceded during that time period.

Last 5 Matches (in MLS)

HOU (3-1-1) - 1-1 draw v MTL, 3-1 win v PHI, 2-0 loss at COL, 2-1 win at CHI, 2-0 win v SKC

SKC (2-1-2) - 2-0 win v CHI, 1-1 draw at CLB, 0-0 draw at NY, 2-1 win v PHI, 0-2 loss at HOU

Individual Leaders (during regular season)

  Sporting KC Houston Dynamo
Goals Kei Kamara - 11 Will Bruin - 12
Assists Graham Zusi - 15 Brad Davis - 12
Game-winning Goals C.J. Sapong - 5 Brad Davis - 3
Game-winning Assists Graham Zusi - 5 Brad Davis - 4
Shots Kei Kamara - 134 Will Bruin - 78
Shots on goal Kei Kamara - 49 Will Bruin - 35
Goals against average Jimmy Nielsen - 0.79 Tally Hall - 1.19