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Sporting Kansas City

Portland Timbers Fall 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City at Home

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The Portland Timbers lost their undefeated streak at Providence Park today, dropping a 1-0 result to Sporting Kansas City on the strength of a Dom Dwyer goal.

As with every match between these two sides, tonight was chippy and contentious from the get-go with neither side willing to back down.

Fernandes, Dwyer step up as Sporting KC attack begins to gel

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When Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes brought in Designated Player Gerso Fernandes to man the right wing, he knew Fernandes needed to provide something his reputation prior to MLS wasn't built on.

"When he came here, he didn't have much of a goal-scoring record and I think that had a lot to do with the way he played in the system that the played," Vermes said.

Dom Dwyer secures U.S. citizenship

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Dom Dwyer has made no secret of his desire to one day play for the U.S. Men's National Team. He has cleared a major hurdle toward making that dream a reality.

Dwyer has secured his U.S. citizenship on Thursday, moving him a step closer to becomingeligible to play for the USMNT. The 26-year-old striker, and husband of U.

Sporting KC Fall in Preseason Finale

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Sporting Kansas City ended their preseason on a sour note, falling in their final game in Tucson, Arizona to New York City FC 1-0. Peter Vermes put out a lineup that would likely be considered extremely close to the 11 that will take the field next weekend in DC. The big absence from the team was forward Dom Dwyer who had a minor knock.

Sporting Top New York

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Sporting KC got their first win of their preseason yesterday against the New York Red Bulls 3-0. With the Red Bulls facing off against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday all of New York's starters have returned to New York to prepare for that game. That left the Red Bulls lineup with end of the roster players, trialists, and unsigned draft picks to take on Sporting KC.

Dom Dwyer 'would jump' at USMNT chance as he nears U.S. citizenship

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Dom Dwyer isn't a U.S. citizen quite yet, but the Sporting KC forward is already looking forward to what may happen when the process is done and dusted.

Dwyer told ESPN FC that he is just weeks away from filing paperwork that would make him a U.

2016 Moments of the Year

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One last look back at 2016, here are my end of year awards for moment of the year in 2016.

Game of the year - Comets vs Mustangs 12/3/16 - Shutouts don't happen often in indoor soccer, since the Kansas City Comets rebirth back in 2010, the Comets had never had one. That changed in December of this year when the Comets defeated the previously unbeaten Chicago Mustangs 6-0 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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The Sounders face a very familiar foe in this year's knockout round match

After their Decision Day victory of Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders face Sporting Kansas City in their first match of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. This is a knockout round, which means there is no second leg, and the winner progresses to the conference semi-finals.

Defensive Marking Issues Plague KC in Loss to New England

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Sporting Kansas City's playoff hopes took a bit of a hit tonight (at least for an hour or so until the Portland Timbers lost) as they fell 3-1 to the New England Revolution on the road. Sporting KC's defense had issues all night dealing with the New England attack that forced KC into a number of difficult positions.

Sporting End Their Jinx in San Jose

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For the first time in 16 years, Sporting Kansas City is returning to Kansas City from San Jose with all three points after a 2-1 win at Avaya Stadium last night. Not since 2000 when a lineup mixed with starters and back ups went to San Jose and won 3-0 has Kansas City been able to get a win on the road in San Jose.

Sporting Draw at Home Again, Playoff Chances Take a Dive

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Yesterday's results around MLS didn't going Sporting Kansas City's way, Portland jumped ahead of Kansas City thanks to a win over Philadelphia while Seattle closed the gap with Sporting KC to just four points with a win over Vancouver. The pair of results put KC in a dangerous situation heading into today's game against the LA Galaxy, a game where Kansas City really needed to win to give themselves some breathing room above the red line and making the playoffs.

Sporting Blow Two Leads, Have to Settle for a Point vs Houston

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After a strong start by Sporting Kansas City last night the club blew a pair of leads and ended up drawing in the final moments of the game as the Houston Dynamo came back to tie Sporting 3-3 at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting had a major let down after going up 2-0 and again in the final moments and it cost them two points at a critical point of the season when they need to get points, especially at home.

Sporting Grab a Point to Start Long Trip

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Facing the start of their long trip around North America and the Caribbean, Sporting Kansas City got a 2-2 draw on the road against an FC Dallas team that had dropped only six points out of a possible 36 home points heading into the game tonight. In the first half both teams had some chances, but it was FC Dallas putting Kansas City goalkeeper Alec Kann to the test more.

MLS Ticker: Borchers, Dwyer and more

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The defending MLS Cup champions have suffered a big hit defensively, while there has been confirmed interest in one of the league's top strikers.

The Portland Timbers announced on Monday that defender Nat Borchers will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon after leaving Saturday's 2-1 loss against the LA Galaxy prior to halftime.

Report: Olympiakos place bid for Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer

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Sporting KC has become one of MLS' top clubs over recent years, and a large part of the team's success can be attributed to the rise of forward Dom Dwyer.

The 25-year old Englishman has shined in the U.S. since joining the country's top divisionback in 2012, but now he's beginning to see significant interest from overseas.

Dwyer Continues Dominance Over Montreal

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Dom Dwyer continues to love his trips north of the border. The Sporting Kansas City forward added two more to his goal total against Canadian sides, his eighth and ninth against the Montreal Impact as KC played to a 2-2 draw against the Canadian side.

The Impact were the more aggressive side early on creating the better chances with a free kick from Didier Drogba dipping just a little late in the 14th minute and then in the 16th Montreal grabbed the lead.

Sunday After Stats

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Benny Feilhaber made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 30th player to hit that mark.

Sporting has topped their loss total at home for all of last season.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 27th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Kei Kamara and Davy Arnaud for second all time on that list.

Player Salaries Released

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The MLS Players' Union today came out with their yearly release of player salaries. For Sporting Kansas City their salaries went up by about $1 million from the 2015 season. Included in the raises were the likes of Tim Melia getting a decent pay bump, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Benny Feilhaber both getting $50,000.

The Streak is Broken

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Sporting KC came out and looked bond and determined to end their seven game winless streak today when they welcomed Orlando City to Children's Mercy Park. Kansas City set a club record with 34 shots today but it wasn't until the final 16 minutes that they finally broke through and ended their scoreless streak.

Sporting End Losing Streak, but Can't Top 10 Man Vancouver

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Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.

Sporting KC Best XI - Forwards

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Time to finish up Kansas City's Best XI with the forwards. Sporting KC has never really been a high scoring team, if you were to ask MLS followers what type of team KC was most would probably talk in some way about their defense and goalkeeping, not the team's attack (unless it is talking about Preki).

Stats

Top League Scorers Through 2016

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Continuing my stat updating, here is Sporting KC's top scorers through the 2016 season. For prior years, see the links below.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

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Single Season Appearances/Starts

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More stat updating, this one a quick one because there was only one change to the list in 2016. This is appearances and starts in a single season.

For league appearances, Dom Dwyer made the list in 2016, appearing in 33 of KC's 34 league games. He's the only player from the 2016 season to make any of these lists.

Most Starts

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Another set of stats, this time the most starts for Sporting KC in league play and in all competitions.

In league play one new player joined the list in 2016, Benny Feilhaber hit 100 starts in league play. Elsewhere on the list, Matt Besler moved into sixth place and should become the fifth player to hit 200 league starts for KC in 2017.

Most Appearances

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More end of season stats, tonight it is appearances for Sporting Kansas City.

In league play, three players joined the list in 2016 with Benny Feilhaber leading the way getting all the way to 120 appearances in 2016. Further up the list, Matt Besler hit 200 appearances in league play for KC, becoming the seventh player to reach 200 appearances for Sporting KC in the club's history.

10,000 Minute Club

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The start of the new year means updating stat information ahead of the 2016 season. First is the 10,000 minute club.

Some changes to this list in 2016, two players joined the list while others moved up. Roger Espinoza joined the list and jumped all the way up to 11th place on the list by the end of the season.

S.A.S. Friday After Stats

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Matt Besler and Graham Zusi both moved past Peter Vermes and Mo Johnston and into 8th and 9th place for playoff minutes played for KC, Besler finished the game with 1,260 minutes played while Zusi finished with 1,259.

Besler and Zusi also made their 13th playoff appearance for KC, tying them with Peter Vermes for 10th all time on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Paulo Nagamura made his 250th league appearance of his MLS career.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 23rd away from home in all competitions for KC, tying him with Josh Wolff for the second most all time for KC.

Benny Feilhaber's assist was his 36th for KC, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud for 4th all time on that list.

Sunday of Stats

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Lots of stats from today's game, lots of landmarks hit.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 50th league goal for KC, he's only the second player to hit that mark for KC.

In the 62nd minute, Dwyer hit 10,000 minutes played for KC in all competitions, becoming the 24th player to hit that mark.

S.A.S. Saturday After Stats

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Here are some stats from last night's draw.

In the 24th minute, Matt Besler moved past Jimmy Conrad and into 5th place for minutes played in all competitions for KC, Besler finished the game with 20,618 minutes played.

Besler made his 235th appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Chris Klein for 5th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's first goal was his 14th game winner for KC in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most game winners for KC in all competitions.

It was his 11th game winner for KC in league playing, tying him with Kei Kamara and Josh Wolff for third all time on that list.

Dwyer's two goals gave him 29 in league play for KC at home in his career, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud and Kamara for second on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's two goals were his 43rd and 44th goals in league play for KC, which saw him tie and then move past Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud and into 2nd place for league goals scored for KC.

His two goals were his 52nd and 53rd in all competitions for KC, tying him and then moving him past Arnaud and into 2nd all time on that list.

Sunday of Stats

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Here are a few stats from today's game between KC and Orlando.

Dom Dwyer scored his 50th goal in all competitions for KC, he's the third player to hit that mark for KC along with Preki and Davy Arnaud.

In the 43rd minute, Matt Besler hit 20,000 minutes across all competitions for his Sporting career, he's the 6th player to play 20,000 minutes for Kansas City.

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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Due to life issues I'll have no post game from last night's game, but here are some stats from last night.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 40th league goal for KC, breaking his tie with Chris Klein for 4th on that list.

Roger Espinoza made his 155th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Seth Sinovic for 16th on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Graham Zusi recorded his 46th league assist for Kansas City, breaking his tie with Chris Klein for 2nd all time on that list.

Zusi's assist also resulted in his 26th game winning assist in all competitions, passing Preki for the most all time in club history.

Zusi started his 142nd game in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston and Jack Jewsbury for 8th all time on that list.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, Ocean City host PDL semis on Saturday, more

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Union news. Ocean City will host PDL semifinal on Saturday. More news.

Union bits, Sapong, locals with US YNTs, Detroit expansion, more

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Union bits. Sapong cleared of DUI charge and further national team talk. Detroit steps up as MLS expansion site. More news.

The Rest

Bradley Wright-Phillips gets his green card, Dom Dwyer gets U.S. citizenship: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/17/17

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The links are here and they're wearing green for St. Paddy's Day.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Jay Simpson 'coughing up blood' after scoring debut MLS goal
Don't be surprised to see C.J. Sapong in Saturday's starting lineup.

Oguchi Onyewu more than holding his own on the back line
When Josh Yaro went down with his torn labrum and underwent should surgery, there were questions about who would fill his void.

Sunday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's goal was his 15th of the season, tying Eddie Johnson in 2007 as the third most in a single season for KC.

Benny Feilhaber's two assists gave him 35 for his career for KC in league play, tying him with Davy Arnaud for 4th all time.

Feilhaber made his 130th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Aurelien Collin for 20th all time on that list.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City GIFs

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We look at animated internet files that animated us.

D.C. United started Thursday in Washington, started Friday in Chicago, and start Saturday in Kansas City after a hectic 30-plus hour travel snafu put them at the mercy of charters, wings and prayers. And late Friday night, a goal to seal a 1-0 win by a team who last won on the road in August?