Sporting Kansas City earned a difficult three points last night off the a brilliant five-player one-touch-each counterstrike late in the game.
Here are some Monday Morning Leftovers (stats, notes, links, etc.) from last night's game.
• Kansas City is piling on a ridiculouslycrazy number of shots so far this young season. Last night: 18. On the season: 62*. That's a 20.67 shots-per-game average. By order of comparison, Dallas and Vancouver have 25 shots total
through three games.*The team says 66. The league's website says 62.
• Kansas City have outshot each opponent this season by a double-digit margin: +16 vs. D.C., +10 vs. New England and +10 vs. Dallas.
• Kei Kamara is the lead marcher on KC's shots parade. Last night: 11. On the season: 24. He has as many shots this season as the entire Chivas USA team. He has almostdouble
the shots of the next best guy in MLS (Robbie Keane: 13).
• Kamara's shots are not just empty attempts either. He has a very respectable shots-on-goal rate of 45.8%.
• Kamara's 11 shots last night falls just short of the MLS record of 12 in one game held by Preki and Mamadou Diallo.
• One of the shots that the Sierra Leone striker missed was a 51st minute penalty kick. His attempt was saved by goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. The striker didn't let it get to him.
• But he kept shooting and wound up with the game-winner.
"Being a player, those are the situations you dream about, getting the game-winning goal. Any time you can do something like that for your team, it feels great. As a striker, sometimes you keep missing and keep missing. If you take your head out of it, you'll never get going. So I just had to keep my composure and take any chance I had."
• Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman had nothing but praise for Kamara:
"Excellent player. I think that if Kei Kamara had taken up another sport, he would be outstanding, as well. He puts it all on the field and he is very athletic. When you think you have guys who can jump pretty well, he goes six inches higher. He's definitely one of the best players in the league."
• The missed PK was the first for Kansas City since Carlos Marinelli missed one against Chivas USA on July 29, 2007.
• Sporting are sitting on the top of the Eastern Conference and the MLS Table with nine points from three games.
• It's the second 3-0-0 start in KC history. The only other was in 2006.
• Sporting have scored 29 goals in the month of March -- the most among all MLS teams. Historically, KC are 8-6-1 in the month of March.
• Ricardo Villar's free kick goal was the first allowed by Jimmy Nielsen and Sporting KC's defense this season. It ended a 204-minute shutout streak.
• Aurelien Collin's late first-half goal was the 700th goal in club history.
• Graham Zusi earned his fourth assist in three games. He leads the league in that category. He's tied with Seattle's David Estrada for most points in the league (goals + assists) with five.
• Zusi remained ever humble afterwards.
"It's easy for me to play well when the team is playing well. Dallas is always a tough team to beat, but we're high on confidence right now and we know we can get positive results every game."
• Kamara's late goal lifts Sporting KC to 2-1 win over FC Dallas.KansasCity.com
• Listen to Andy Edwards and I talk touches on the Talkin' Touches podcast.