Beyond The Box Score: Sporting's dominant run in Galaxy series finally ends

As the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end.

Such was the case Wednesday night when Sporting Kansas City's long-standing unbeaten runs against the LA Galaxy were finally halted in a 2-0 defeat at Children's Mercy Park.

Manager Peter Vermes' side entered the fixture unbeaten in eight straight meetings with LA and owned an 11-game home unbeaten run in the regular season series. Both streaks were snapped as the Galaxy struck through Favio Alvarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second half to claim their first victory in Kansas City since 2007, back when the then-Wizards played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sporting's eight-game regular-season unbeaten run versus LA fell one short of tying the longest in club history against a single opponent. It fell two short of tying Sporting's 13-game home unbeaten streak versus Colorado, strung together from 2003-2015.

SPORTING KC: LONGEST UNBEATEN RUNS
VS. SINGLE OPPONENT (MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Matches Opponent Seasons
9 Toronto FC 2013-2018 (active)
9 Colorado Rapids 2009-2015
9 Tampa Bay Mutiny 1998-2001
8 LA Galaxy 2015-2018
7 D.C. United 2011-2013
7 Toronto FC 2010-2012
7 LA Galaxy 2003-2005
7 New England Revolution 2005-2007
7 New England Revolution 2000-2003

SPORTING KC: LONGEST HOME UNBEATEN RUNS
VS. SINGLE OPPONENT (MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Matches Opponent Seasons
13 Colorado Rapids 2003-2015
11 LA Galaxy 2008-2018
10 FC Dallas 2000-2006
9 D.C. United 2007-2013

From the Galaxy's perspective, one of the club's longest barren stretches finally ended. Their eight-game winless skid against Sporting was one shy of tying the team record for the longest draught against a single opponent. New England and New York both went nine unbeaten versus LA in the mid-2000s.

LA also managed to avoid a 12th straight trip to Kansas City without a win, which would have equaled their club record for longest road winless skid against a single opponent. The Galaxy went 12 regular season games without a win in Colorado from 2003-2009.

LA GALAXY: LONGEST WINLESS DROUGHTS
VS. SINGLE OPPONENT (MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Matches Opponent Seasons
9 New England Revolution 2004-2008
9 New York Red Bulls 2003-2006
8 Sporting KC 2015-2018
7 Columbus Crew SC 2004-2007
7 Sporting KC 2003-2005
7 FC Dallas 2000-2002

LA GALAXY: LONGEST WINLESS DROUGHTS
VS. SINGLE OPPONENT (MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Matches Opponent Seasons
12 Colorado Rapids 2003-2009
11 Sporting KC 2008-2018
10 FC Dallas 1998-2003
10 New York Red Bulls 2001-2008
9 New England Revolution 2000-2008

With a three-game homestand in the books, Sporting will now embark on a four-match road swing in MLS that spans the entire month of June.

The daunting stretch begins Saturday with a visit to rivals Houston Dynamo (7-3-2, 23 points) at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT with live coverage on FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, FOX Sports GO, Sports Radio 810 WHB and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM. 

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