Seth Sinovic - Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders - May 8, 2013
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By The Numbers: Sporting KC at Seattle Sounders FC

Sporting Kansas City kicks off the 2014 Major League Soccer regular season on Saturday as they travel to face Western Conference side Seattle. The two teams have been very successful in the last five seasons with a combined five trophies (four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups and one MLS Cup). Saturday marks the ninth meeting between the two sides in MLS play.

The series has been in Seattle's favor with six wins in eight matches. Sporting KC's lone victory was the first meeting in April 2009 when an 80th minute Davy Arnaud goal was the difference. Overall, the matchup has produced close and low-scoring matches in which over 50% of the goals scored have been in the 15 minutes of the second half. The most recent meeting at CenturyLink Field was on June 20, 2012 when the teams exchanged first half goals before settling for a 1-1 draw.

Below is a closer look at the two teams in this match's By The Numbers preview.

A few in-depth stats (2013 regular season)

  • Sporting KC led all MLS teams with 14 headed goals
  • Seattle led MLS with 716 tackles
  • Both teams were first and second in interceptions (SKC - 794, SEA - 751) and duels won (SKC - 2032, SEA - 1996)
  • Sporting KC created 87 chances from set pieces, the most in MLS
  • Seattle had a +14 goal difference and seven clean sheets in 10 home matches

Head To Head (MLS regular season)

Overall: 1-6-1

  • Home Matches: 0-4-0 (four goals scored, eight goals conceded)
  • Away Matches: 1-2-1 (two goals scored, three goals conceded)

Team Leaders (2013 regular season)

Sporting KC Stat Seattle Sounders FC
Claudio Bieler 10 GOALS Eddie Johnson 9
Graham Zusi 8 ASSISTS Mauro Rosales 8
Claudio Bieler 70 SHOTS Lamar Neagle 61
Oriol Rosell 66 FOULS Alonso/Neagle 54
 Jimmy Nielsen 68 SAVES Michael Gspurning 76
Jimmy Nielsen 0.88 GAA Michael Gspurning 1.27

Team Stats (2013 regular season)

  Sporting KC Seattle Sounders FC
Shots (on goal) 477 (144) 382 (122)
Fouls Committed (Suffered) 482 (416) 360 (388)
Duels Success (Avg) 50.41% 50.60%
Passes (Avg) 406 412
Passing Accuracy (Avg) 77.61% 77.64%
Possession (Avg) 55% 52.01%

Recent regular season meetings

Date Score Result Location
05/21/2011 1-0 L CenturyLink Field
08/06/2011 2-1 L Sporting Park
06/20/2012 1-1 T CenturyLink Field
05/08/2013 1-0 L Sporting Park