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Sunday's showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC saw two teams on different ends of the spectrum in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. Seattle have underachieved in the opening month struggling for consistency, while Sporting were unbeaten looking to stay atop the West.

Sporting KC started and finished the action at Children Mercy's Park pegging the Sounders back for a 2-2 draw.

The Best of MLS Week 6: Julian Gressel, Johnny Russell, and more

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Photo credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

After six gameweeks played in the 2018 season, attendances are down for 66% of the MLS clubs who have played home games this season.

The only MLS clubs who haven’t seen a drop in attendance compared to last season are Atlanta United (up 10%), LA Galaxy (up 23%), Vancouver (up 26%), NYCFC (up 4%), Sporting KC (up 1%) and San Jose (who have seen no increase or decrease).

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Tim Melia shattered his previous career best in saves in Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy.

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The MLS report: Week Zlatan

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SKC, Seattle both left disappointed with Sunday's result

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Draws are fickle things in soccer. Sometimes a team is happy to scrap out a point against a superior opponent on the road. In other instances, a team will feel they played well enough to earn a point and will leave the pitch disappointed.

Neither Sporting Kansas City nor the Seattle Sounders were exactly pleased with how Sunday's 2-2 draw against each other turned out.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"For the guys that put in all of that effort and all of that work – it stings a little bit. But it gives them some good incentive for the next game." -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Sporting Kansas City 2 - Seattle Sounders FC 2

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Venue: Children's Mercy Park

Referee: Drew Fisher

Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Jeffrey Greeson

Fourth Official: Dave Gantar

VAR: Geoff Gamble

Attendance: 18,508

Weather: 30 degrees and clear


SKC - Ille Sanchez (penalty) 34'

SEA - Will Bruin (Chad Marshall, Nicolás Lodeiro) 45'+3'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (Will Bruin, Alex Roldan) 73'

SKC - Graham Zusi (Jimmy Medranda) 78'


SEA - Jordan McCrary (caution) 24'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (caution) 44'

SKC - Roger Espinoza (caution) 53'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 85'

SKC - Jimmy Medranda (caution) 90'+7'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 88'), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Handwalla Bwana (Osvaldo Alonso 68'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem, Lamar Neagle, Henry Wingo

Total shots: 10 (Bruin, 4)

Shots on goal: 3 (Bruin, 2)

Fouls: 7 (Tolo / Svensson, 2)

Offside: 5 (Bruin, 3)

Corner-kicks: 0

Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)

Sporting Kansas City - Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler - captain, Jimmy Medranda; Roger Espinoza, Ile Sánchez, Yohan Croizet (Cristian Lobato 74'); Johnny Russell (Gerso Fernandes), Khiry Shelton, Daniel Sallói

Substitutes not used: Adrián Zendejas, Seth Sinovic, Emiliano Amor, Jaylin Lindsey, Diego Rubio

Total shots: 11 (Three players, 2)

Shots on goal: 8 (Zusi / Sanchez, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Espinoza, 4)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Russell, 2)

Saves: 1 (Melia, 1)

Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer

Thoughts on the match.

Sounders at Sporting KC, recap: First point earned in 2018

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Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan score in 2-2 draw.

Seattle Sounders waited until matchday four to score and to earn a point. They did it on the road against the best team in the Western Conference while a DP and two TAM players were unavailable. Brian Schmetzer had to count on youngsters Alex Roldan and Handwalla Bwana for vital minutes, but it was the core of the remaining team that earned the two goals and held on for the 2-2 lead.

Sounders at Sporting KC: Living gamethread

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ESPN has the match at 1 p.m.; watch with us.

Over history this matchup between two of the West's stronger sides goes Seattle's way. The Seattle Sounders are 8-5-3 +1 against Sporting Kansas City, largely on the back of late winners. But in 2018 it is the Sporks with the better record (4-1-1 +3 vs.

Time off a chance for Sounders to rest, refocus, recharge

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The league bye affords Seattle's players a rare two-day rest ahead of preparations for Sporting KC.

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D.C. United

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D.C. United has a week off, but your friends at Filibuster do not! Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to get us through D.C. United's game against Sporting Kansas City, and we start (10:55)with how the Sporks attacked D.C. United's right side and how the team as a whole showed a lot of "not good enough.

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Recap: DCU fall 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City

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An early goal doomed United, who were held scoreless for the first time this season

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Sporting Kansas City made it three wins in a row, beating D.C. United 1-0 on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

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D.C. United’s frustrating start continues, and Sporting KC looms: Filibuster

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We gotta talk it out

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Week 2 of MLS play kicks off on Saturday with a full slate of seven matches.

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