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Sporting Kansas City resumes the MLS regular season, following a week-long break, with a matchup against the New England Revolution on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. CT. Sporting KC's 2022 Soccer For All: Pride match will be broadcast nationally on ABC and ESPN Deportes as two MLS Originals duel it out for the first time since 2019.
In their most recent meeting back on April 27, 2019, Sporting and the Revolution fought it out in a thrilling 4-4 barn burner at Children’s Mercy Park. Despite both sides being MLS charter clubs, they have only met once in the playoffs, in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals. After a 2-1 defeat at Gillette Stadium Sporting forced extra time, scored in the 113th minute and punched their ticket to the Conference Finals.
Below, we provide a statistical preview of the Sunday matinee matchup between Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution.
- Sporting owns a 25-18-12 record in the regular season series, including a 14-7-6 mark at home.
- The last seven regular season meetings between Sporting and New England have produced 32 goals, a clip of 4.6 goals per match.
- Sporting are 5-1-3 against New England at Children’s Mercy Park, with all five wins coming by multiple goals.
- New England’s lone win at Children’s Mercy Park came on Sept. 26, 2014, by a 3-2 scoreline.
Sporting Kansas City
- 2022 MLS record: 3-8-4, 13 points (14th in Western Conference)
- 2022 MLS home record: 3-2-2, 11 point (7 GF, 6 GA)
- 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs: Lost to Real Salt Lake in Western Conference Semifinals
- All-time Honors: Two MLS Cups (2000, 2013), four Open Cups (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017), one Supporters' Shield (2000).
- Sporting enter the month of June five points below the playoff line in the Western Conference and are among the eight quarterfinalists in the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- Sporting have lost twice in their last nine matches across all competitions, posting a 3-2-4 record since April 23.
- Sporting are 5-2-2 at home in all competitions.
- Since July 2020, Sporting are 23-0-1 in the regular season when leading in the 75th minute.
- Forward Johnny Russell has three goals in his last three matches and leads the team with six goals this season in all competitions.
- Russell ranks fifth in MLS in touches inside the opponent’s box (68) as well as eighth in duels won (100). His 75 combined goals (44) and assists (31) in the regular season are third-most in MLS since the start of 2018.
- Sporting KC Academy products Cam Duke and Felipe Hernandez are tied for the team lead with three assists this season.
- Midfielder Remi Walter leads MLS in distance covered (106.2 miles) and minutes played (1,350) and ranks second in recoveries among field players (128). His two goals this year have equaled his career-high for a single league season dating back to 2013.
- Midfielder Roger Espinoza, who ranks third in MLS with 16 possessions won in the attacking third, has become the third active MLS player to record an assist in 13 different MLS seasons alongside Kei Kamara and Dax McCarty.
New England Revolution
- 2022 MLS record: 4-5-4, 16 points (11th in Western Conference)
- 2022 MLS road record: 1-3-2 (12 GF, 15 GA)
- 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs: Lost to New York City FC in Eastern Conference Semifinals
- All-time Honors: One Supporters’ Shield (2021), one U.S. Open Cup (2007)
- With a 4-5-4 record, New England have already matched their regular season loss total from 2021.
- The Revs were crowned Supporters’ Shield champions last year with a 22-5-7 mark and an MLS-record 73 points in the regular season.
- New England is tied for the MLS lead with 2.0 goals per road match.
- New England’s 17 points dropped from winning positions are six more than any other team in MLS. The Revs are only 4-3-2 when scoring first this season.
- New England have been outscored 9-3 after the 75th minute this season.
- New England are 2-0-3 in their last five regular season matches and have not lost a league fixture since April 23 at D.C. United.
- New England playmaker Carles Gil leads MLS with seven assists. He also tops the league in chances created (49), ranks second in successful crosses from open play (17) and fouls suffered (41) and ranks third in dribbles completed (42).
- New England full back Brandon Bye leads MLS with 25 crosses from open play, eight more than any other player. He also ranks fourth in MLS with 27 chances created from open play.
- Adam Buksa led New England with seven goals through 10 appearances this season before transferring to French side Lens earlier this month.
Milestones and Miscellany
- Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes has coached in over half of Sporting’s regular season matches all-time (418 of 835) and over half of the club’s matches in all competitions (495 of 985).
- Forward Johnny Russell ranks third in club history with 44 regular season goals and fourth with 49 goals in all competitions.
- Forward Daniel Salloi has 12 career game-winning goals in the regular season, one shy of tying the club record held by Preki and Dom Dwyer.