Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City puts a number of streaks on
the line at The Home Depot Center on Saturday as the club tangles with the Los
Sporting has won its last three games after securing a 1-0 victory at Red Bull
New York on Wednesday, while the result continued a run of five straight clean
sheets for goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Aurelien Collin scored the lone goal in the 13th minute of the hard-fought
win, which was very important for Sporting ahead of a tough trip to the
opposite coast to face the Galaxy.
"It was really our design to come in here and get the three points, because we
know how hard it's going to be to go across the country and have the legs to
play another tough 90 minutes against one of the top teams in the West,"
midfielder Benny Feilhaber told MLSsoccer.com after the win over New York. "We
were able to get what we wanted here, and now that makes it that we can go
into LA and play our game and try to pick up more points. It definitely gives
us a boost."
The Galaxy is a team that could use a boost of its own as the club sustained
its first defeat of the campaign last time out, a 1-0 setback against FC
Los Angeles has managed just one goal in its last 270 minutes of play in all
competitions, while Sporting hasn't yielded a goal in its last 519 minutes of
But despite those daunting numbers, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan feels his
team is up for the challenge.
"They've been around together for a while now and they have a good goalkeeper
and a good back four, but we like to think that we're a pretty good and
dynamic attacking team," said Donovan. "So for us, it's a good challenge and
we're looking forward to it."
After being involved in the CONCACAF Champions League and playing in Mexico
against Monterrey, the Galaxy then traveled to FC Dallas for a road match,
making this full week of preparation for Sporting a luxury.
"This feels foreign; it feels like we haven't had this in a while. I think
we've only played two road games this year [in league play], but it feels like
we've played 10," said Galaxy forward Mike Magee. "Going to Monterrey and
we've had two lengthy trips, but it's great to get a full week and at the end
of it, we have no excuses."
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