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Sporting Kansas City Pre Game: D.C. United

Sporting Kansas City are on the road today as they travel to the nations capitol to face D.C. United with a chance to break their four game winless streak.

Who: Sporting Kansas City at D.C. United

When: May 31st, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT

Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

Streams: KMCI (38 The Spot), SKCTV, MLS Live

Radio: 810 AM WHB, La Gran D 1340 AM

Sporting are currently second in the Eastern Conference Standings with 19 points in 13 games played trailing only the New England Revolution who have 23 points in 12 games played.

D.C. United are one game back of Sporting KC but currently have a game in hand, as they have 18 points in 12 games played. Saturdays game will play a big part as D.C. can overtake Sporting KC with a victory.

April 5th, 2013 at Kansas City

The first match up of 2013 between Sporting KC and D.C. United came on April 5th at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Both teams had their share of quality chances but neither team looked to have gained their form yet early in the season.

Sporting KC was able to score a dramatic late goal when Soony Saad battled for a ball down the left wing and after winning possession dribbled into the box towards goal and sent a through ball across the face of goal and Claudio Bieler was able to get a foot to it and slot it past the goalkeeper to give Sporting KC the 1-0 lead in the 89th minute.

Sporting KC was able to hold the lead and walk away with the first win in the season series against D.C.

May 19th, 2013 at Washington, DC

Sporting and D.C. met again just over a month after their first meeting but this time D.C. would have the home field advantage. Once again both teams were able to create their share of chances but early season form was still an issue as neither team was able to finish.

Sporting KC looked to have taken the lead in the 30th minute when Ike Opara met a ball at the far post and was able to tap it in to an open net. The goal was waved off because the official flagged Opara for being offside, but after further review, Opara wasn’t close to being offside. There was D.C. player laying on the ground that had fallen after challenging Saad that kept Opara onside by a few yards. Opara called the call “one of the worst calls in the history of soccer”.

Ike Opara offside call on Make A Gif

Ike Opara was able to get revenge for the call when Graham Zusi sent in a ball from a corner that curled right in front of goal and Opara deflected it with his head and it hit a D.C. player in the head and went into goal to give Sporting the 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.

D.C. was able to capitalize just five minute later when Pontius crossed in a ball to the far post and Kyle Porter got his foot to it and sent it back to the near post past Jimmy Nielsen to make even it at 1-1 in the 65th minute.

Neither team would find a winner and the game would finish 1-1. Sporting KC would be disappointed to not walk away with a much deserved win but were still able to capture a point on the road.

October 18th, 2013 at Kansas City

The final match up between Sporting KC and D.C. was back in Kansas City and Sporting were looking to finish the series against D.C. unbeaten.

Dom Dwyer was able to put the home side in front early when C.J. Sapong chased down the CB who had possession and was able to force him into an errant back pass that Dwyer intercepted and dribbled around Hamid and sent an easy ball into goal to give Sporting KC the 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.

Once again both teams had their share of quality chances but both teams defenses were able to stand stout and the game would finish 1-0 in favor of Sporting KC. Sporting KC would finish the season series with two wins and a draw in the three games against D.C.

Following todays match Sporting KC will meet D.C. two more times this season. The second match up will be on August 23rd at Kansas City and the final match up will be on October third in Washington D.C.


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Tags: Benny Feilhaber Dom Dwyer Graham Zusi Matt Besler Sporting Kansas City

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