Sporting Kansas City is back in the Conference finals, their first since MLS Cup 2013, and their first in the Western Conference finals since 2007 after a 4-2 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park. Sporting had to hold on late but got the job down. Designated Player, Felipe Gutierrez had himself a day, recording two assists as well as playing in the ball to Diego Rubio that won KC the penalty kick that proved to be the game winner. The two assists on the day helped him tie a team record for assists in a single year in the playoffs. Here are the stats and milestones from yesterday.
Felipe Gutierrez’s two assists gave him three in the 2018 playoffs, tying him with Eric Quill for the most in a single post season for KC.
The three assists tie Gutierrez with Benny Feilhaber, Kerry Zavagnin, and Quill for 4th all time on that list.
The four goals tied a club record for the most goals in a single playoff game (set in a 4-1 win over the LA Galaxy in 2002).
Daniel Salloi’s 2 goals gave him 21 in all competitions, tying him with Mark Chung and Chris Brown for 14th all time on that list.
Salloi’s 2 goals gave him 15 in all competitions at home for KC, tying him with Igor Simutenkov for 13th all time on that list.
Diego Rubio scored his 20th goal in all competitions for KC, tying him with Simtenkov for 17th all time on that list.
Rubio’s goal gave him 13 in all competitions at home for KC, tying him with Brown, Chung, and Claudio Bieler for 16th all time on that list.
In the 36th minute, Matt Besler moved ahead of Tony Meola and into 4th place for minutes played in the playoffs for Sporting, he finished the game with 1,560 minutes played.
In the 37th minute, Graham Zusi moved ahead of Tony Meola and into 5th place for minutes played in the playoffs for Sporting, he finished the game with 1,559 minutes played.
Besler and Zusi both made their 16th playoff appearance for KC, tying them with Tony Meola and Chris Klein for 5th all time on that list.
It was their 16th playoff start, tying them with Meola and Klein for 4th all time on that list.
Seth Sinovic made his 217th start in all competitions, breaking his tie with Klein for 9th all time on that list.
Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman both made their 39th appearance in all competitions against KC, tying them with Brad Davis for the 4th most all time.
In the 65th minute, Rimando moved ahead of Chris Henderson and into 3rd place for minutes played against KC in all competitions, Rimando finished the game with 3,519 minutes against KC.