Beyond The Box Score: Seth Sinovic hits 200 regular season starts for his hometown club

Portuguese left back Luis Martins made his Sporting Kansas City debut in the 71st minute of Wednesday’ 1-0 loss at Orlando City SC, but it was the teammate he replaced who hit yet another impressive milestone of longevity with the club.

Ten-year MLS veteran Seth Sinovic, a Kansas City native now in his ninth season with his hometown team, logged his 200th MLS regular season start for Sporting on Wednesday night at Exploria Stadium.

In doing so, Sinovic becomes the eighth Sporting Kansas City player to start 200 regular season matches for the club and the fourth on the current roster, joining fellow Kansas Citian Matt Besler (269), Graham Zusi (230) and Roger Espinoza (209).

PLAYERS WITH 200+ REGULAR SEASON STARTS FOR SPORTING KC

# Player Starts Seasons
1 Matt Besler 269 2009-present
2 Graham Zusi 230 2009-present
3 Kerry Zavagnin 228 2000-2008
4 Nick Garcia 224 2000-2007
5 Davy Arnaud 213 2002-2011
6 Roger Espinoza 209 2008-2012, 2015-present
7 Jimmy Conrad 203 2003-2010
8 Seth Sinovic 200 2011-present

Espinoza’s 90-minute outing against Orlando also prompted a shuffle among Sporting’s all-time appearance leaders. The Honduran has now donned the Kansas City uniform 273 times across all competitions, moving into a tie for fourth place all-time alongside Nick Garcia and Davy Arnaud.

ALL-TIME APPEARANCE LEADERS FOR SPORTING KC (ALL COMPETITIONS)

# Player Games Seasons
1 Matt Besler 330 2009-present
2 Graham Zusi 320 2009-present
3 Kerry Zavagnin 291 2000-2008
4 Roger Espinoza
Davy Arnaud
Nick Garcia
273
273
273
2008-2012, 2015-present
2002-2011
2000-2007
7 Seth Sinovic 257 2011-present
8 Preki 254 1996-2000, 2002-2005
9 Chris Klein 235 1998-2005
10 Jimmy Conrad 230 2003-2010

Having played their final road match of the month on Wednesday, Sporting will now embark on a three-game homestand at Children’s Mercy Park. The pivotal stretch begins Saturday when the San Jose Earthquakes visit for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX Sports Kansas City Plus, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, FOX Sports GO, Sports Radio 810 WHB and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM.

Tickets for the Western Conference clash are available at SeatGeek.com and the first 7,500 fans through the stadium gates will receive a free wall decal courtesy of Dairy Farmers of America.

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