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Dom Dwyer

Match report: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union survived a middling performance thanks to a Roland Alberg penalty finish and some big saves by John McCarthy.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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The Union travel to Kansas City on Thursday to face what could be the league's best team in one of the league's toughest venues. PSP's Dan Walsh previews the match.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Top Vancouver

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It wasn't as dramatic as last year's win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, but Sporting KC once again topped the Canadian side at Children's Mercy Park 2-1. The first half saw Kansas City play their best half of soccer in recent memory as the team passed the ball around well, created openings and finding chances.

Sporting Kansas City Scouting Report- Let's start the year on the right foot

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Sounders are back at it but this time it's for MLS First Kick and they'll kick Sporting Kansas City Wizards

Seattle is starting their season off with a familiar First Kick foe, Sporting Kansas City aka Kansas City Wizards. Kansas City remained fairly unchanged with a core of Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi, and Dom Dwyer.

Stats

Capped as Sporting KC Players

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Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.

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.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Matt Besler made his 200th league appearance for KC, he's the 7th player to hit that mark.

Besler also tied Chris Klein for 6th all time in league appearances with his 200th appearance.

Besler made his 230th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Preki for 4th all time on that list.

Sunday Of Stats

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Paulo Nagamura started his 100th game across all competitiosn for KC, he's the 31st player to hit that mark.

Matt Besler made his 229th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Jimmy Conrad for 5th place on that list and tying him with Preki for 4th place on that list.

In the 18th minute, Benny Feilhaber moved past Uche Okafor and into 20th place for minutes played in league play, he finished the game with 9,585 minutes played.

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.

Sunday After Stats

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Here are some stats from last night's game.

Roger Espinoza's red card was his sixth red card in MLS play for KC, breaking his tie with Nick Garcia for the most red cards in team history.

It was Espinoza's seventh in all competitions, tying him with Garcia for the most red cards there.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats - Century Edition

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A lot of century marks hit in yesterday's game for Sporting KC.

Peter Vermes earned his 100th league win as Sporting's coach. He's the sixth MLS coach to hit that mark and the first KC coach to do it.

Jacob Peterson made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 32nd player to hit that mark.

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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Disclaimer: The stats from last night have Diego Rubio entering the game for Dom Dwyer in the 86th minute, when in reality it was in the 79th. As of right now I am going with the official scoring of the substitution, which was the 86th. KC has contacted the league to update official records so once that happens I will update mine accordingly.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Jimmy Medranda's goal was his first for the team.

Medranda's goal was the 150th league goal scored by KC at Children's Mercy Park.

At 22 years, 154 days, Medranda became the 13th youngest player to score a goal for KC in league play, he knocked Jack Jewsbury out of the top 20.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Graham Zusi's goal was the 900th league goal in Kansas City's history.

Zusi's goal was his 25th for KC in league play, he's the 10th player to hit that mark.

It was his 28th in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with CJ Sapong for 10th all time on that list.

Zusi's goal was his 15th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Digital Takawira for 9th all time 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.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 271st game in all competitions, becoming the club's all time leader for games managed.

Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 25th league goal in his MLS career.

Feilhaber's assist was his 28th in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston for 5th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 270th game in all competitions, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most games coached for Kansas City.

In the 119th minute, Benny Feilhaber hit 10,000 minutes in all competitions for his Sporting KC career.

Feilhaber's goal was his 11th for KC away from home in all competitions, tying him with Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi for 8th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Friday After Stats

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Since I was away for the DC game, here are stats from both last week's DC game and last night's game vs LA.

Vs DC.

At 33 years, 86 days, Paulo Nagamura became the 17th oldest player to start a league game for KC, knocking Diego Gutierrez out of the top 20.

He also became the 18th oldest player to start a game in all competitions, knocking Uche Okafor off the top 20.

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.

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.

Sunday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 223rd MLS game for KC, becoming the all time leader for games managed for the club.

Benny Feilhaber made his 150th MLS league appearance in his career.

In the 89th minute, Roger Espinoza passed Diego Gutierrez and into 18th place for minutes played across all competitions, he finished the game with 12,248 minutes played.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Last night was Peter Vermes' 222nd league game in charge for KC, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most games coached in team history.

Justin Mapp became the 200th different player to play in a competitive game for Kansas City.

Mapp at 31 years, 196 days, he is the 19th oldest player to debut for Kansas City in both league play and in all competitions.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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In the first minute, Matt Besler moved past Chris Klein and into sole possession of 6th place for minutes played in league play for KC, he finished the game with 16,471 minutes played.

Besler made his 183rd league start for KC, tying him with Klein for 6th all time on that list.

At 22 years, 348 days, Diego Rubio became the 17th youngest goal scorer in Sporting KC's history, he knocked Chris Klein out of the top 20.

Sunday of Stats

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Here are some stats from today's game between KC and San Jose.

When Matt Besler left the field in the 75th minute, he left having tied Chris Klein for minutes played in league play for KC. The pair are tied for 6th with 16,381 minutes played.

Besler started his 217th game in all competitions for KC, passing Klein for 6th place all time on that list.

SAS Monday After Stats

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Brad Davis made his 400th appearance in all MLS competitions (league and playoff) in his career.

Matt Besler made his 216th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Chris Klein for 6th all time on that list.

At 31 years, 282 days, Lawrence Olum became the 16th oldest player to score a goal for KC in all competitions, knocking Benny Feilhaber out of the top 20.

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.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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At 34 years, 133 days, Brad Davis became the oldest player to score their first goal for Sporting KC, topping the old record of 33 years, 256 days set by Claudio Lopez.

Overall, Davis is the third oldest player to score a goal for KC, behind Lopez, Mo Johnston, and Preki, knocking Claudio Bieler off the top 20 list for league play, and Benny Feilhaber off the list in all competitions.

Sunday After Stats

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At 34 years, 125 days, Brad Davis is the second oldest player to make their debut for KC, behind only Richard Gough at 35 years, 35 days.

Davis is the 10th oldest player to play in a game for Kansas City, he knocked Diego Gutierrez out of the top 20.

Dom Dwyer's two goals moved him to 47 in all competitions for KC, moving him past Josh Wolff and into third place all time on that list.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Sporting KC's last three opening goals have been scored by central defenders (2014 - Aurelien Collin, 2015 - Ike Opara, 2016 - Nuno Coelho).

Chance Myers hit the 10,000 minute mark for his career in the 40th minute, he's the 17th player to hit that mark.

In the 61st minute, Myers moved past Diego Gutierrez and into 17th place for minutes played in all competitions, Myers finished the game with 12,276 minutes played.

The Rest

Highlights from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Curtin confirms McCarthy will start against Chicago, Brian Carroll and Ilsinho "on trend now to be available" for the game. Other Union news and more.

Sporting KC Season Preview - Midfield

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In Sporting KC's midfield, like on defense, the squad sees very little in the way of change from 2015. The lone addition to the group is actually a familiar face to Sporting KC fans in the form of Lawrence Olum, who after a season in Malaysia is back in Kansas City. The rest of the midfielders are returning to the team from 2015.

Espinoza Called Up by Honduras

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Sporting KC midfielder, Roger Espinzoa has been recalled to the Honduran national team ahead of their midweek friendly against Guatemala. Espinoza, who had been rumored to be joining the team ahead of their pair of games against Nicaragua and Guatemala was only called up for the later game, which takes place this Wednesday in Guatemala City.