The Full 90

The Leftovers: Sporting KC wins all the possession, none of the goals

Updated: 2013-03-21T04:10:45Z

Charles Gooch

The Kansas City Star

Different Sporting Kansas City team, same home form. Let's not waste any time, we let these leftovers get really cold. I tried warming them up.

As always, these are facts, stats, notes and quotes collected by Sporting KC and The Star.

• Let's start with what Peter Vermes said after the match: "There's nothing you can do when a team drops nine guys within a 24-yard space. It's always going to be difficult to hit the back of the net but I thought that we at times were very dangerous around the goal and we didn't give anything away until probably the 88th minute and that's only because we were still going, going, going and they were trying to take one off the counter. So if we come across a lot of teams that want to play that way over the course of the year and we perform the way we did, we're going to win a lot of games. So I'm very happy with our performance and I'm disappointed in the fact that we couldn't get the three points because we played so well. Just a little disappointed on that side of it but also happy that we didn't give anything away defensively and we got a shutout."

• Pretty much exactly what you'd expect him to say. But there were lots of positives to take away.

• Kansas City logged a season-high 608 total passes, more almost 150 more passes than their season average of 466.5 so far this season.

• Not surprisingly, Kansas City won the possession battle 73 percent to Chicago's 27 percent.

• Graham Zusi completed 50 passes by himself and was credited with six key passes. No other player on the field had more than two key passes.

• Zusi also lobbed 14 total crosses and attempted seven corner kicks. He leads the league in corners with 18.

• Zusi and C.J. Sapong were both fouled five times on Satuday.

• Matt Besler won six aerial duels on Saturday; Mechack Jerome and Sapong tied for second-most with four.

• Including the postseason, Besler has started and played the full 90 minutes in 23-straight MLS matches.

• Kansas City attempted 20 shots on goal; four were from the foot of Claudio Bieler.

• Of the 20 shots (a season high), only one was on goal (a season low).

• Chance Myers missed the match with a right quad strain. Jerome filled in for his first MLS start.

• In addition to Myers, KC were without Kei Kamara (loan), Teal Bunbury (disabled list), Jacob Peterson (disabled list) and Peterson Joseph (knee injury).

• Kansas City will be without four players who are on loan with Orlando City: Christian Duke, Dom Dywer, Jon Kempin and Yann Songo'o.

• All four played in a friendly for Orlando this weekend with Dwyer drawing a penalty and scoring a goal.

• Sapong replaced Bobby Convey in the starting lineup for the first time in 2013.

• Kansas City's first-round draft pick, Mikey Lopez, made the gameday roster for the first time in his career. He was not used as a sub.

• Jimmy Nielsen has appeared in 64-straight MLS matches, including the postseason, for Sporting. It covers 5,760 minutes of action. In other words: Almost 96 hours.

• Nielsen recorded his first shutout of the season and the 33rd of his MLS career.

• His 1.02 career goals against average is the best for an MLS goalkeeper with a minimum of 4,000 minutes played.

• Kansas City hasn't conceded a goal from a corner kick in 68-straight matches.

• KC has recored the most shots in MLS history, 7,234.

• The franchise is 213-207-110 all time in MLS regular season play; 141-75-48 at home.

• All time, KC is 11-2-5 in home openers.

• Against Chicago in home openers, KC is 1-1-3.

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