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By The Numbers presented by KDOT: #DCvSKC | May 12, 2019

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Sporting Kansas City (2-3-4, 10 points) ventures to the nation's capital this weekend for a battle with D.C. United (6-3-2, 20 points) on Sunday at Audi Field. The interconference clash will kick off at 6 p.m. CT with live coverage on FS1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Sports Radio 810 WHB, SiriusXM FC and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM.

Sunday's showdown gives Sporting the opportunity to bounce back into the win column, having collected just two points from their previous five league matches. D.C. United packs formidable firepower with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta pulling the strings, but Manager Peter Vermes' men will be eager to shore things up defensively in the final fixture before a three-game homestand at Children's Mercy Park.

We take a statistical look at the matchup in our newest edition of By The Numbers.


  • Sporting have just one loss in their last seven visits to D.C. since 2011 (2-1-4), conceding just three goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Sporting and D.C. have drawn each of the last two meetings played in the nation's capital, a 1-1 draw in May 2015 and a 0-0 draw in March 2017.
  • The sides last met on March 31, 2018, when Felipe Gutierrez fired Sporting to a 1-0 home win with a goal in the third minute.
  • In 12 of the last 14 meetings dating back to 2010, neither team has scored more than one goal.
  • The all-time regular season series is tied through 55 meetings, with both teams owning 21 wins and 13 draws.

D.C. United

  • 2019 MLS record: 6-3-2 (20 points, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
  • 2019 MLS home record: 3-2-1 (10 GF, 7 GA)
  • Last MLS match: W 3-1 vs. Columbus Crew SC on May 4
  • Last 5 MLS matches: 3-2-0, 9 points (W-L-W-L-W)
  • D.C. has gone 15-4-2 at Audi Field since the stadium opened in July 2018. Two of those four defeats came last month, including a 4-0 loss to LAFC on April 6 and a 2-0 loss to NYCFC on April 21.
  • Since joining the club last July, forward Wayne Rooney has recorded 18 goals and 10 assists in 30 regular season appearances. D.C. owns an 18-7-5 record in games that Rooney plays.
  • Rooney is tied for the MLS lead with four game-winning goals and ranks fifth with 26 chances created.
  • Defenders Frederic Brillant (70) and Steve Birnbaum (68) rank first and second in MLS in clearances.
  • Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is tied for the MLS lead with five shutouts.
  • Midfielder Junior Moreno ranks fourth in MLS with 20 tackles won, while midfielder Lucas Rodriguez ranks fifth with 79 duels won.
  • Midfielder Luciano Acosta ranked second in MLS last season with 17 assists. He has three goals and two assists through 11 games this year.
  • D.C. has scored seven of their 16 goals between the 31st and 45th minutes, more during that timeframe than any other team in the league.
  • D.C. leads MLS with 26.8 clearances per game.
  • D.C. ranks last in MLS with 7.0 chances created per game.

Sporting Kansas City

  • 2019 MLS record: 2-3-4, 10 points (10th in West)
  • 2019 MLS away record: 0-2-2 (4 GF, 8 GA)
  • Last MLS match: L 0-3 vs. Atlanta United FC on May 5
  • Last 5 MLS matches: 0-2-3, 3 points (T-T-L-T-L)
  • Sporting ranks fourth in MLS with 2.11 goals scored per game.
  • Sporting ranks second in MLS with 10 goals in the final 30 minutes of matches.
  • Sporting has conceded three goals in three straight MLS matches for the first time since August 2015.
  • Sporting's nine MLS matches have averaged a total of 4.11 goals per game, the highest average of any team in the league.
  • Sporting are winless in seven straight matches across all competitions, recording three draws and four losses since April 4.
  • Forward Krisztian Nemeth is tied for fourth in MLS with six league goals and has scored 10 times this season in all competitions.
  • Forward Johnny Russell is one of eight players with at least four goals and three assists this season.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Melia has saved 40.9% of the penalty kicks he has faced in his MLS regular season career (9 of 22). That is the second-best clip in MLS history.

Recent #DCvSKC regular season meetings

  • Regular season record vs. DC: 21-21-13 (75 GF, 68 GA)
  • Regular season road record at DC: 6-13-8 (27 GF, 36 GA)
T 1-1
Roger Espinoza assists Dom Dwyer's equalizer
L 0-1
Alhaji Kamara scores 86th-minute winner
T 0-0
Tim Melia makes PK save in 2017 season opener
W 1-0
Felipe Gutierrez scores third-minute winner

Team stats (2019 regular season)

MLS rank in parenthesis (source: Opta)

<strong>Category (per game)</strong>
<strong>D.C. United</strong>
Goals scored
2.11 (4th)
1.45 (11th)
Goals conceded
2.00 (21st)
1.00 (4th)
15.2 (3rd)
11.7 (15th)
Shots on goal
5.3 (3rd)
3.8 (17th)
Shooting accuracy
44.4% (14th)
46.7% (8th)
Shot conversion rate
13.9% (7th)
12.4% (9th)
Passing accuracy
83.1% (6th)
79.3% (16th)
56.7% (3rd)
47.9% (15th)
Chances created
9.6 (8th)
7.0 (24th)
Duels won
48.7 (23rd)
60.6 (2nd)
Tackles won
9.1 (20th)
12.6 (3rd)
8.2 (23rd)
10.3 (18th)
26.8 (1st)
15.2 (20th)
Fouls committed
12.4 (9th)
11.6 (15th)
Fouls suffered
10.8 (15th)
11.6 (10th)
Shots faced
13.1 (12th)
14.4 (19th)