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Monday Morning Fullbacking : A point is a point, a point, a point...

In which our heroes... don't lose? Which is a good thing, on the road, at least. Also, Claros?

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So bottom line up front, a point on the road is generally acceptable in my book, and a clean sheet on the road is always a good thing, so I don't really have a problem with the performance from the other night. Overall, not having won a league match in a stretch is a little frustrating, and while it's certainly not time to panic, and I'm really confident that Sporting will be in the post-season, it would be nice to finish the season with a roar, rather than a whimper.

Injuries to Erik Palmer-Brown and Aurelien Collin along with suspensions to Seth Sinovic and Jorge Claros add to the headache and task of juggling healthy and fit players for the last stretch. I'm still not clear on what the definitive word on Claros's suspension is other than it's for "inappropriate language". Claros is listed on the MLS Fantasy Advice page as suspended, and with his callup to the Honduras team for friendlies this week, his regular season may be done.

Anyways, here's some numbers that may or may not mean much.

DC United

Rating

Key Stat

Bill Hamid

6.3

Clean Sheet, 3 saves

Bobby Boswell

5.6

9 CBIs

Sean Franklin

5.6

2 key passes

Steve Birnbaum

5.6

9 clearences

Chris Korb

6.0

6 recoveries

Taylor Kemp

6.0

6 recoveries

Luis Silva

5.3

7 Key Passes

Nick DeLeon

4.6

4 shots

Davy Arnaud

4.6

6 tackles

Lewis Neal

3.6

27 minutes played

Chris Pontius

4.3

1 block

Fabian Espindola

3.9

3 shots on traget

Eddie Johnson

3.6

1 accurate long ball

Team Average

5.0

 

Sporting Kansas City

Rating

Key Stat

Andy Gruenebaum

6.3

Clean Sheet, 7 saves

Seth Sinovic

5.0

5 CBIs

Matt Besler

6.7

8 interceptions

Lawrence Olum

5.6

10 recoveries

Kevin Ellis

6.3

14 CBIs

Igor Juliao

5.6

2 key passes

Benny Feilhaber

3.6

13 minutes played

Graham Zusi

4.3

85% pass accuracy

Paulo Nagamura

3.9

3 tackles

Toni

4.6

2 shots on target

Dom Dwyer

3.6

2 key passes

CJ Sapong

4.3

1 shot on target

Team Average

5.0

 

Andy Gruenbaum had a really good game I thought, but so did Matt Besler, especially without Collin. Overall everyone on the defensive side played well, so if all we need now is the offense to start clicking some I won't be too worried. Here's to hoping Sporting can right the ship against Chicago on Friday. With Chicago officially eliminated maybe they lose some of what little spark they had this year, but everyone likes to be a spoiler....