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Opta Stat of the Day: And oh yeah, Sporting are still dominant in the air

15 May 8:36 pm

Opta Stat of the Day: And oh yeah, Sporting are still dominant in the air

By Matthew Doyle

On Tuesday, I noted that Uri Rosell has done superb work cleaning up messes in the central midfield for Sporting KC which, in all honesty, was one of the big questions for that team headed into the season.

Thanks to his work (and Paolo Nagamura, and Benny Feilhaber, and Peterson Joseph, and even a little bit of Lawrence Olum), attacking KC up the gut is still a no-go. But attacking from out wide doesn't work so great, either:

Team Headed Clearances
Sporting Kansas City 268
San Jose Earthquakes 221
Vancouver Whitecaps 213
New York Red Bulls 208
Portland Timbers 201
Houston Dynamo 198
FC Dallas 197
Colorado Rapids 189
Real Salt Lake 189
D.C. United 182
Montreal Impact 179
New England Revolution 175
Chivas USA 175
Columbus Crew 167
LA Galaxy 162
Toronto FC 162
Seattle Sounders FC 148
Philadelphia Union 141
Chicago Fire 118

Obviously, this doesn't mean SKC are unbeatable. They can be had, especially in transition, and their attack still isn't clicking the way Peter Vermes must have hoped it would heading into the season.

But they still get the basics right. And that's why they'll be at or near the top of the Eastern Conference through the rest of the season.