Match Preview: Sporting KC at Columbus

Sporting KC will face Columbus for the third time this season. The two have a long history in MLS as two of the original teams from 1996. All of the stats below are for MLS regular season matches.

Head To Head

The teams have played 45 times with Columbus winning 21, Sporting winning 19, and five ending in draws. Columbus leads the series at home with 12 wins compared to KC's nine wins. There have been three draws at Columbus.

The teams have split the previous two meeting this season with KC winning 2-0 at Columbus on July 14 and the Crew sneaking out a 2-1 win at LSP on July 28.

Goals

Both teams have scored 39 goals but Sporting has conceded fourteen fewer. A majority of Columbus' goal have come from open play while Sporting's have scored several more from set pieces (free kicks, corner kicks).

Sporting has scored msot of their goals in the first 15 minutes (10) while Columbus has 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches. Sporting has yet to concede a goal from a corner kick and Columbus has conceded four penalties this season while only being awarded one.

Both sides have strong records when scoring first (KC 14-2-3, CLB 9-3-2) and one win each when trailing at halftime. 

 

Last 5 Matches (in MLS)

COL (4-1-0) - 2-0 loss at NE, 3-1 loss at NY, 1-0 win v CHV, 2-1 loss at CHI, 3-2 win v PHI

SKC (3-0-2) - 2-1 win v TFC, 1-1 draw v HOU, 2-0 win at NY, 0-0 draw at MTL, 2-0 win v CHI

Individual Leaders

  Sporting KC Columbus Crew
Goals Kei Kamara - 11 Jairo Arrieta - 8
Assists Graham Zusi - 14 Federico Higuain - 6
Game-winning Goals Kamara/Sapong/Zusi - 4 Four players tied - 2
Game-winning Assists Graham Zusi - 5 Jairo Arrieta - 3
Shots Kei Kamara - 130 Eddie Gaven - 50
Shots on goal Kei Kamara - 48 Eddie Gaven - 25
Goals against average Jimmy Nielsen - 0.81 Andy Greunebaum - 1.22

 

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