Sporting Kansas City road a historic performance in a penalty kick shootout from Tim Melia to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota United. Here are stats and milestones from the game on Sunday.
The game was the first playoff game for Kansas City that did not feature Matt Besler or Graham Zusi since 11/8/2008, a 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew.
Roger Espinoza made his 300th appearance in all competitions for KC, he’s the 3rd player to reach that mark.
At 34 years, 28 days, Espinoza is the oldest player to make 300 appearances in all competitions for KC.
In the 32nd minute, Espinoza passed Aurelien Collin and moved into 14th place for playoff minutes played for KC. In the 89th minute, Espinoza then passed Jimmy Conrad and moved into 13th place for playoff minutes played for KC, he finished the game with 1,109 minutes played in the playoffs for KC.
Espinoza made his 14th playoff appearance, breaking his tie with Peter Vermes for 13th all time on that list.
Espinoza made his 13th playoff start, tying him with Peter Vermes for 11th all time on that list.
Counting shootouts, Tim Melia has saved/shooters have missed 22 of 46 penalty kicks he’s faced.
Tim Melia made his 176th appearance in MLS competitions, breaking his tie with Benny Feilhaber for 12th all time on that list.
Johnny Russell recorded his 31st assist in all competitions, tying him with Mo Johnston for 7th all time on that list.
Russell recorded his 26th assist in MLS competitions, tying him with Mark Chung for 9th all time on that list.
Russell recorded his 2nd playoff assist, tying him with Johnston, Igor Simutenkov, Peter Vermes, Francisco Gomez, and Mike Sorber for 8th all time on that list.
Gerso Fernandes recorded his 22nd assist in all competitions, tying him with Jack Jewsbury for 12th all time on that list.
Fernandes recorded his 17th assist in MLS competitions, breaking his tie with Gomez, Chance Myers, and Claudio Lopez for 19th all time on that list.