After a convincing 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday at Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City now hits the road for their next two MLS matches. Despite boasting the best road record (5-3-3) in MLS this season, Sporting Kansas City heads to two of the very toughest places to play for the team historically: San Jose and Chicago. Amongst active MLS opponents, Sporting Kansas City's .304 winning percentage (4-13-6) in San Jose is second worst in club history, only ahead of the team's .238 winning percentage (4-15-2) in Chicago.
First up is San Jose, where Sporting Kansas City is winless in their last 15 road trips with a 0-10-5 record (including postseason) since the team's last victory in the Silicon Valley in 2000. To make matters worse, Sporting Kansas City has never won at Buck Shaw Stadium, going 0-3-1 in the Earthquakes' temporary home, and San Jose is in the midst of an 11-game home unbeaten run -- including four straight home wins -- that is the longest in MLS this season.
Not only will Sunday's match-up feature the top team from the Eastern and Western Conferences during the 2012 season, but also the top two performing teams when it comes to home and away form over the last two years. Consider the following pair of statistical snapshots:
- Sporting KC's 13 away wins since 2012 are the most in MLS
- San Jose's two home losses since 2012 are the fewest in MLS
- Sporting KC's 26 away goals conceded since 2012 are the fewest in MLS
- San Jose's 61 home goals scored since 2012 are the most in MLS
Will Sporting KC snap the team's winless streak in San Jose? Or will the Earthquakes stretch their home unbeaten run to a dozen? Leave your comments below.