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Sporting KC notebook: Outshooting the competition

Outshooting the competition

Sporting Kansas City kept an odd — and oddly impressive — streak going Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy, outshooting the reigning MLS Cup champions 14-4.

It was the fifth time in five games Sporting KC managed at least 10 more shots than its opponent.

Sporting KC leads the league with 95 shots, including 34 shots on goal and a league-best 8.4 per game.

• Galaxy midfielder David Beckham did not travel to Livestrong Sporting Park for Saturday’s loss, but Landon Donovan did return from a quad strain and went the full 90 minutes.

Donovan didn’t, however, record a shot on goal. His biggest impact was picking up yellow card for a reckless foul in the 90th minute.

“I thought Landon has a solid game today,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “He’s been out for a few weeks and usually that first game back isn’t easy.”

• The Los Angeles Galaxy locker room is a somber place these days after the preeminent MLS franchise, which won the Supporter’s Shield and collected the third MLS Cup championship in club history last season, has limped from the gate 1-3-0.

“Obviously, I’m pretty sure they’re not popping champagne in there, but we just have to work and get it better,” Arena said.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes, whose team bounced back to win the Eastern Conference regular-season crown after a season-opening 1-6-3 stretch, is among those unwilling to count out the Galaxy just yet.

“They’re going to be around, because of the arsenal of guys they have in their lineup and their roster,” Vermes said. “I’m sure we’ll see them again sometime in the future.”