Wednesday night's highly anticipated friendly between Sporting KC and Manchester City kicks features the reigning champions of Major League Soccer and the English Premier League, respectively. With the Champions Shield up for grabs at Sporting Park, we take a closer statistical look at both clubs in our By The Numbers preview.


Notable facts and stats:

  • Sporting KC is 1-1-3 all-time in international friendlies under manager Peter Vermes, and 1-0-2 against English Premier League competition.
  • The Champions Shield is the fifth international friendly played at Sporting Park, and the first to be nationally televised (ESPN2).


Sporting KC international friendlies under Peter Vermes

Date
Opponent
Venue
Result
July 25, 2010
Manchester United (ENG)
Arrowhead Stadium
W 2-1
July 20, 2011
Newcastle United (ENG)
Sporting Park
T 0-0
Oct. 12, 2011
Chivas Guadalajara (MEX)
Sporting Park
T 2-2
July 24, 2012
Montpellier (FRA)
Sporting Park
L 3-0
Aug. 1, 2012
Stoke City FC (ENG)
Sporting Park
T 1-1
  • Manchester City achieved their first double-winning campaign in club history, winning the English Premier League and Capital One Cup in 2013-14
  • Manchester City scored 102 league goals in 2013-14 (2.68 per game), second most in English Premier League history
  • Manchester City's +65 goal differential during the 2013-14 EPL season was at least 14 goals better than any other team
  • Manchester City set a club record with 156 goals across all competitions in 2013-14
  • Manchester City recorded the longest home winning streak during the 2013-14 EPL campaign (11 games)
  • Manchester City bagged three or more goals in half (19) of their EPL matches in 2013-14, and scored at least five goals on five occasions.
  • Manchester City was the only EPL club to score seven goals in a single game last season (7-0 vs. Norwich City on Nov. 2, 2013)
  • Defender Aleksandar Kolarov led all EPL defenders with seven league assists in 2013-14
  • Defender Matija Nastasic ranked sixth in the 2013-14 EPL in passing accuracy (92.0%)
  • Midfielder Samir Nasri ranked second in the 2013-14 EPL in key passes (84) and ninth in successful passes  (1,700)
  • Sporting KC ranks first in MLS in average possession (56.4%)
  • Sporting KC ranks second in MLS in successful crosses/corners (117, two shy of the lead)
  • Sporting KC ranks first in MLS in crossing accuracy from open play (29.7 percent)
  • Sporting KC's 47 chances created from set play are 12 more than any other MLS team
  • Sporting KC ranks first in MLS in fouls suffered (291) and first in fouls committed (286)
  • Dom Dwyer ranks second in goals (14), first in shots (71), second in shots on target (31), first in multi-goal games (four) and seoncd in game-winning goals (four)
  • Benny Feilhaber ranks second in fouls suffered (48)
  • Graham Zusi ranks second in MLS in crossing accuracy from open play (43.9%, minimum 20 crosses)

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<em><strong>HEAD-TO-HEAD</strong></em>
Sporting KC
Manchester City
<strong>Founded</strong>
1996
1880
<strong>League championships</strong>
Two (2000, 2013)
Four (1937, 1968, 2012, 2014)
<strong>Domestic Cups</strong>
Two U.S. Open Cups<br> (2004, 2012)
Five FA Cups<br> (1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011)<br> Five League Cups<br> (1970, 1976, 2014)
<strong>Top four league finishes<br> since beginning of 2011</strong>
Three
Four
<strong>International competitions<br> in 2014-15</strong>
CONCACAF<br> Champions League
UEFA<br> Champions League

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