You ever cook a really big dinner for yourself? Only, it isn't very good? The chicken's too dry or the sauce is too watery or the pasta is a little too al dente? But, since you made a lot of it and because you're hungry/frugal/broke/waste-conscious you slop the remainders into some tupperware for later in the week.
You know that feeling?
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That's exactly how I feel this morning. Sporing Kansas City's 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night was a horrible dinner but I've got to pop open the plastic lid and re-heat them for you.
Here are some facts, stats, notes and quotes from the match.
We'll start with a few big/good numbers to get this rolling on a positive note.
• Sporting Kansas City is now 11-7-4 on the season and 6-3-2 at home.
• In 2011, KC won 13 games. Perspective.
• With 37 points, KC is even with the Houston Dynamo for second in the Eastern Conference. New York leads the way with 38 points.
• KC is averaging 1.68 points per game. That's good for a tie for fourth-best in the league behind San Jose (1.91), Salt Lake (1.83), New York (1.73) and even with Houston (1.68).
minutes that KC had gone scoreless at home before Kei Kamara's first-half goal.
• Kamara has 8 goals on the season and is one of just three players to have eight or more goals in each of the last three MLS seasons. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski and Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio are the others.
• It was Kamara's 28th goal with Kansas City. He's tied with Scott Sealy and Vitalis Takawira for sixth-most in club history.
• He leads all of MLS in shots (87) and shots on goal (36).
• The announced attendance on Saturday was 18,938. It's the ninth-straight sellout at Livestrong Sporting Park. The stadium has been sold out 10 of the its 11 games this season.
• Kansas City surpassed
fans all-time for regular season home matches.
• Only Columbus (20) have allowed fewer goals this season than KC (21).
• KC has allowed only
at home this season, which is best in the league so far.
• Saturday was only the second time this year an MLS opponent scored two goals at Livestrong Sporting Park. Montreal's 2-0 win on May 5 was the only other time. (In non-MLS matches: Montpellier scored three in a friendly and Orlando SC scored two in a U.S. Open Cup match.)
Now, it's time for the dominant but meaningless portion of the Leftovers.
• Kansas City outshot Columbus 25-12 on Saturday.
• Sporting took
shots in the second half. That's an all-time record for the franchise.
• They also held Columbus to just one shot in the last 55 minutes.
• The possession stats were wildly in KC's favor: 68.5% to just 31.5 for the Crew.
• Graham Zusi: "The chances have been there, but the finishing has been an issue as of late. If we can keep creating the chances, I think the finishing will come. We've said that a lot recently, but as a player you've just got to keep thinking the goals and the wins will come."
• Kansas City have a league-leading 356 shots in 2012.
• Also, KC leads MLS with 138 corner kicks. (Zusi leads the league with 91 taken.)
• However Kansas City's 27 goals are tied for 9th place in the league.
• Peter Vermes: "I thought we started the game very well. Fifteen minutes in we were good. The two goals in the first half, they were just terrible mistakes both on our part. We made it too easy for them to score. We gave a ball away in a routine play coming out of the back and it put us behind the eight ball but second half we had total domination. We had a ton of chances, we hit it all, we were just all around it, but at the end we just didn't put it away."
• Only twice this season has the KC defense allowed two first-half goals: The 4-0 loss to Philadelphia and Saturday's defeat.
• That same defense hadn't allowed a home goal in 228-straight minutes before Jair Arrieta's 17th-minute goal.
• Jimmy Nielsen: "We completely dominated the game and gave away two sloppy goals. We got punished very hard for that. We created I don't know how many chances, and everything went great except for the result. You can't ask for more chances. Now it's just a question of putting them in (the goal)."
• Kamara: "I don't know how many times we've talked about us dominating the game and not getting the win. Dominating is not good enough. Sometimes it's better to play dirty and get three points. A lot of people will say, 'We worked hard, we put up a good fight,' but that's not good enough. It's better when you play (ugly) and get three points than doing well but nothing comes your way."
• Kansas City hasn't scored at home in the second half since APRIL 14. Really? Really. That's seven-straight matches without a goal in the second frame.
• KC is 5-6-2 against the Eastern Conference this year. They have 12 more games against Eastern competition including six against teams currently in the playoffs (New York 3, Houston 1, D.C. United 1 and Chicago 1).
">Some Crew players had a little fun chiding a Kansas City fan on Twitter after the match.