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Three Thoughts: Kronberg, Sporting KC deliver big win

05/04/2014 6:47 PM

05/04/2014 6:47 PM

On the day that Sporting KC received its 2013 championship rings, the club reminded everyone that Kansas City is still force to reckon with in Major League Soccer. And, unlike last year, that definitely includes matches at Sporting Park now.

A 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew

means that KC leap frogs back to the top of the Eastern Conference with 14 points from 8 games — and the best goal differential (+5) in the conference.

Jacob Peterson and Claudio Bieler picked up the goals for Kansas City. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg and the defense notched the fourth shutout of the year.

Fun stat alert: In six games in all competitions at Sporting Park this year, KC has allowed just one goal. (That was a 90th-minute goal off a free kick by FC Dallas in the home opener.)

Fun stat alert, part 2: Sporting KC hasn't allowed a goal in the last 360 minutes of MLS action at Sporting Park.

Here are three thoughts on the game.

1. Kronblocked!

The problem with being Kansas City's goalkeeper? You don't face a lot of shots. This season, Kronberg has faced only 24 of them. As a matter of comparison: Chicago's Sean Johnson faced 39 and Salt Lake's Nick Rimando faced 37. Inaction can lead to a lack of focus.

Against Columbus, Kronberg was phenomenal and focused when called upon. It was his best game in net this year, making four big saves. His first-half stop on Bernardo Anor was a literal game-saver.

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