The After representing the Eastern Conference in MLS Cup from 2011-2013, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo take their rivalry to the West for the first time in 2015. Saturday's match at BBVA Compass Stadium will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT with three hours of live television covererage on KMCI 38 The Spot and SKCTV beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
Tied for fifth in the conference standings with identical 2-2-3 records, both clubs will look to extend impressive defensive records at BBVA Compass Stadium. Led by MLS saves leader Tyler Deric, Houston has conceded just one goal in four home matches this season and tops MLS with 0.57 goals allowed per game. Meanwhile, Sporting KC has notched four straight clean sheets in Houston, good for a 375-minute shutout streak dating back to the 2012 postseason. That's the longest such streak in club history at any opponent. We take a closer look at the matchup in our By The Numbers preview...
- Sporting KC has just one loss in their last seven games against Houston, including postseason (3-1-3 record).
- Sporting KC has recorded four straight clean sheets at BBVA Compass Stadium (2-0-2 record), posting a 375-minute shutout streak that dates back to the 2012 playoffs. That's the longest such streak in club history at any opponent, as well as Houston's longest all-time in which the team has been held scoreless at home against any opponent.
- Sporting KC and Houston met in the Eastern Conference playoffs three straight years from 2011-2013. Houston advanced in 2011 and 2012 before Sporting KC prevailed in 2013.
- The home team in this series is winless in the last six regular season meetings (0-3-3 record).
- Sporting KC has faced Houston 15 times since the beginning of 2011, more than any other opponent (5-4-6 record including postseason).
- Sporting KC has shut out Houston in seven of the last 14 meetings dating back to 2011.
- Sporting KC is 2-2-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium, where Houston has amassed a 33-10-11 record in MLS (including playoffs).
- Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi and Houston’s Brad Davis, who played together for the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, lead MLS in total chances created (329 each) and chances created from set play (172 each) since the beginning of 2011.
- Fourteen of Sporting KC's 22 regular season goals all-time against Houston have come after the 60th minute.
- Dom Dwyer has scored in each of his last three matches against Houston. He scored the game-winner in the 2013 Eastern Conference Championship second leg before netting in both regular season meetings last season.
- Brad Davis has six goals and seven assists in 34 MLS appearances against Sporting KC (including postseason). His 34 games played against SKC are more than any other active MLS player.
- Leads MLS with 24 chances created from set plays (nine more than any other team), five assists from set plays, and four headed goals.
- Ranks 2nd in MLS with nine assists and 46 successful crosses/corners.
- Ranks 3rd in MLS with 73 chances created, 31 more than they have allowed.
- Ranks last in MLS with eight shots on goal in the second half.
- Has committed the fewest fouls per game (12.0) in MLS.
- Leads MLS with 193 interceptions (at least 33 more than any other team, 458 duels won and 165 aerial duels won.
- Benny Feilhaber leads MLS with five assists.
- Dom Dwyer leads MLS with 25 fouls suffered.
- Has conceded just one goal in four home matches this season (2-1-1 record) and leads MLS with three home clean sheets.
- Ranks 2nd-to-last in shots on goal (19) and shooting accuracy (33.3%).
- Ranks 2nd-to-last in passes per game (365) and average possession (45.3%).
- Leads MLS with 0.57 goals conceded per game.
- Homegrown goalkeeper Tyler Deric leads MLS with 27 total saves, 19 saves inside the box, and a 0.57 goals against average.
- Jermaine Taylor ranks 3rd in MLS with 28 interceptions.
- Brad Davis' 27 game-winning assists at home are most in MLS history. His 113 assists in the regular season are 4th most all-time, and his next assist will tie Carlos Valderrama for 3rd.
Milestones and miscellany
- Roger Espinoza is one shy of his 100th regular season start for Sporting KC.
- Benny Feilhaber is one shy of his 75th MLS start for Sporting KC in all competitions.
- Dom Dwyer is one shy of his 50th career MLS start for Sporting KC (including postseason). If he plays 76 minutes on Saturday, he will reach 5,000 minutes played for SKC in all competitions.
Team stats (2015 regular season)
MLS rank in parenthesis
|Stat (per game)||Sporting KC||Houston Dynamo|
|Goals scored||1.0 (t-9th)||0.86 (t-15th)|
|Goals conceded||1.14 (t-13th)||0.57 (1st)|
|Shots||12.9 (t-6th)||11.1 (16th)|
|Assists||1.29 (6th)||0.71 (t-13th)|
|Chances created||10.4 (4th)||7.7 (t-16th)|
|Crosses/corners||22.0 (5th)||18.7 (10th)|
|Fouls committed||12.0 (20th)||12.7 (t-15th)|
|Fouls suffered||12.3 (12th)||11.4 (15th)|
|Passes per game||371 (16th)||365 (19th)|
|Passing accuracy||74.6% (15th)||75.4% (14th)|
|Possession||50.9% (10th)||45.3% (19th)|
|Tackles won||19.4 (1st)||14.7 (17th)|
|Duels won||65.4 (2nd)||48.0 (19th)|
|Interceptions||27.6 (1st)||18.9 (8th)|
|Saves||2.71 (11th)||3.86 (3rd)|
Recent MLS meetings
- SKC all-time MLS record vs. Houston: 7-10-9*
SKC on road in series: 3-5-5* (10 GF, 16 GA)
* includes postseason
|5/12/13||1-0||W||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|10/9/13||0-0||T||BBVA Compass Stadium|
BBVA Compass Stadium
(2013 Eastern Conference Championship)
(2013 Eastern Conference Championship)
|6/6/14||2-0||W||BBVA Compass Stadium|