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:
|Sporting Kansas City||268|
|San Jose Earthquakes||221|
|New York Red Bulls||208|
|Real Salt Lake||189|
|New England Revolution||175|
|Seattle Sounders FC||148|
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.