By The Numbers: Sporting KC vs. Austin FC | June 10, 2023 | Sporting Kansas City (2024)

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After a busy week that saw Sporting collect seven points in seven days for the first time in club history, Sporting Kansas City will enter the heart of June by hosting Austin FC at 7:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Children's Mercy Park. Tickets for the Western Conference clash are available online at SeatGeek, including theSporting U Passfeaturing $15 Supporters' Stand tickets for college students and the featuring four Domino's pizzas, four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products and four tickets for $100.

Saturday's game will be shown live on Apple TV in English and Spanish for MLS Season Pass subscribers (sign up for a one-month free trial). Local radio coverage will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM with streams in the Sporting KC app, and all of the action will be shown by pub partners in the Sporting Pub Network.

With two teams hovering near the playoff line set to square off, we take a statistical look at the matchup in our newest edition of By the Numbers, presented by Compass Minerals.


  • Austin have won each of the last three meetings and own a 3-1-1 record in the regular season series since joining MLS as an expansion side in 2021.
  • Austin are unbeaten in the last four meetings after Sporting won the inaugural match between the clubs by a 2-1 scoreline on May 9, 2021, at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • The most recent meeting saw Austin prevail in a 4-3 thriller at home on Aug. 13, 2022, erasing a 3-1 with three second-half goals. Sporting scored three times in the first half through Andreu Fontas, Willy Agada and Johnny Russell, all three of whom will miss Saturday’s match through injury. Austin received goals from Jon Gallagher, Julio Cascante, Sebastian Driussi and now-departed Danny Hoesen.
  • The most recent meeting at Children’s Mercy Park saw Austin prevail 2-0 on July 30, 2022, as Alexander Ring scored just before halftime and Driussi scored just before full time.
  • The five meetings between the clubs have produced just one total shutout, when Austin won 2-0 in Kansas City last July.
  • Driussi has scored in each of the last three regular season meetings, including a goal 37 seconds into Austin’s 3-1 home win over Sporting on Nov. 3, 2021.
  • Sporting has outshot Austin 95-56 across five meetings yet been outscored 11-7.
  • Sporting midfielder Gadi Kinda has one goal and one assist in two regular season appearances against Austin, including the winning goal in Sporting’s lone victory in the series on May 9, 2021.
  • Midfielder Diego fa*gundez has three assists in five meetings against Sporting as a member of Austin FC.
  • Austin FC forward Will Bruin has six goals and three assists in 22 career regular season appearances against Sporting.
  • Austin FC forward Maxi Urruti has three goals and four assists in 17 career regular season appearances against Sporting.

Looping header from the man with the armband 💪

Alan Pulido puts us 1-0 up on the road!

Watch #VANvSKC live and free on @AppleTV

— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) June 4, 2023

Sporting Kansas City

  • 2023 MLS record: 4-8-5, 17 points (12th in West | 16 GF, 24 GA)
  • 2023 MLS home record: 3-3-1 (10 GF, 9 GA)
  • Last five MLS matches: 2-1-2 (T-L-W-W-T)
  • Last week, Sporting earned seven points in seven days for the first time in club regular season history with a 4-1 win over Portland, a 2-1 victory versus Dallas and a 1-1 draw in Vancouver.
  • Sporting continues its June slate after equaling its best May in club history, totaling 13 points throughout the month with a 4-1-1 record. Sporting’s 13 points in May 2023 were tied for the fourth most in a single month in club regular season history during the non-shootout era (since 2000).
  • Sporting’s 12 goals and four regular season wins during the month of May were both tied for third most in MLS.
  • Sporting are 5-0-0 when scoring multiple goals this season in all competitions and 0-9-5 when scoring one or fewer.
  • Sporting have scored nine goals in their last three MLS home matches after scoring one in their first four.
  • Sporting have scored four goals in four of the club’s last 13 regular season home games dating back to Aug. 6, 2022. Sporting own a 9-3-1 home record during that stretch.
  • Sporting have scored four goals in the first 15 minutes of matches this season, tied for fourth most in MLS, but rank last in the league with six goals in the second half.
  • Sporting have played 10 MLS away matches this season, the most in MLS. The club will host four of its next five league games, including home dates on each of the next four Saturdays between June 10 and July 1.
  • Forward Daniel Salloi is one of three Western Conference players with seven goals and seven primary assists since the start of August 2022 alongside Cristian Espinoza (San Jose) and Carlos Vela (LAFC).
  • Salloi has scored in Sporting’s last three home matches and his next regular season goal will tie Austin coaching duo Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud for fourth most in club history (43).
  • Salloi has scored or assisted on nine of Sporting’s 19 goals this season in all competitions with team-highs in both goals (five) and assists (four). He leads MLS in progressive carries (68) and progressive passes received (287) while ranking second in successful crosses from open play (17), fourth in shots on target (20), fourth in carries into the penalty area (25), sixth in expected assists (4.3) and seventh in chances created (36).
  • Midfielder Erik Thommy is one of nine Western Conference players with five goals and five primary assists since the start of August 2022.
  • Thommy has two goals and three assists in his last seven MLS appearances since the start of May. He ranks ninth in MLS in shots (44) and eighth in shots on target (18).
  • Forward Alan Pulido has 26 total goal contributions (16 goals, 10 assists) in 36 career regular season starts. Sporting are 12-1-1 when Pulido scores in the regular season.
  • Midfielder Remi Walter leads all MLS field players with 120 recoveries this season.

Let's send our boys to DC for #MLSAllStar 😤

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— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) June 6, 2023

Austin FC

  • 2023 MLS record: 5-7-4, 19 points (8th in West | 17 GF, 23 GA)
  • 2023 MLS home record: 2-4-1 (7 GF, 13 GA)
  • Last five MLS matches: 3-2-0 (W-W-L-W-L)
  • Austin have won three of their last five matches after going winless in eight league games from March 18 to May 13 (0-4-4).
  • Last season, Austin finished second in the West (16-10-8, 56 points) and advanced to the Western Conference Final after finishing 12th in the division during their inaugural 2021 campaign (9-21-4, 31 points).
  • Austin rank 25th in MLS this season with two points gained from losing positions after leading the Western Conference last year with 21 points gained from losing positions.
  • Austin have conceded 13 of their 23 goals after the 60th minute this season.
  • Austin have faced 14.6 shot attempts per game, the most in MLS. The club has been outshot by an average of 14.6 to 11.9 this season.
  • Austin are 5-1-1 when scoring first and 0-6-2 when conceding first this season. Similarly, Austin are 2-0-1 when leading at halftime and 0-2-1 when trailing at halftime.
  • All five of Austin’s regular season wins this year have come by a single goal. The club has a 5-4 record in one-goal games this season.
  • Austin are one of four MLS clubs yet to win a penalty kick this season.
  • Midfielder Jon Gallagher leads Austin with five goals. Sebastian Driussi and Gyasi Zardes (three each) are the only other Austin players with more than one league goal this season.
  • Gallagher has scored five goals on only 15 shot attempts and his 0.33 goals per shot rank third in MLS (minimum 10 shots). According to Opta, Gallagher has outperformed his expected goals total by 3.01, third most in MLS.
  • Driussi, who was second in MLS last year with 22 goals, has scored only three times this season.
  • Midfielder Dani Pereira is the only field player to start in all 16 MLS matches for Austin, with goalkeeper Brad Stuver also starting in each league game.
  • Stuver ranks third in MLS with 58 saves
  • Defender Leo Vaisanen ranks eighth in MLS with 49 aerial duels won.
  • Defender Nick Lima ranks ninth in MLS with 10 successful crosses into the box.

Milestones and Miscellany

  • On Saturday, Sporting will play its 250th competitive home match at Children’s Mercy Park. The stadium is one shy of its 175th MLS sellout (regular season and playoffs).
  • Midfielder Nemanja Radoja is one shy of his 300th senior professional club appearance.
  • Forward Daniel Salloi has 42 regular season goals for Sporting, sixth most in club history and one shy of Davy Arnaud and Josh Wolff in fourth.
  • Forward Alan Pulido is one shy of his 50th appearance for Sporting in all competitions.
  • Midfielder Gadi Kinda is one shy of his 50th start for Sporting in all competitions.
  • Defender Andreu Fontas is one shy of his 100th start for Sporting in all competitions.
  • Forward Khiry Shelton is one shy of his 100th start in his MLS regular season career.
  • Midfielder Roger Espinoza has made 285 regular season starts for Sporting, tied with Matt Besler for second most in club history.

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How many fans does Sporting KC hold? ›

Capacity: 18,467 for soccer. 25,000 for concerts. Home Members Stand Capacity 2,000.

Who is number 10 on Sporting KC? ›

G. Kinda

Is Sporting KC good? ›

Not only is Sporting Kansas City fun to watch—they're good. Really good. The club's resume includes two MLS Cup championships and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles, as well as a Supporters Shield trophy.

Who is #7 on Sporting KC? ›

J. Russell

Who has the biggest fan base in sports? ›

  • Football/Soccer (4 billion fans)
  • Cricket (2.5 billion fans)
  • Ice Hockey (2 billion fans)
  • Tennis (1 billion fans)
  • Table Tennis (875 million fans)
  • Basketball (825 million fans)
  • Baseball (500 million fans)
  • Rugby Union (475 million fans)
Mar 14, 2023

What is the most fans ever at a sporting event? ›

The Sports Events with the Highest Attendance in World History
European Cup Semi-FinalFootball/Soccer136,505
Dodgers Vs Red SoxBaseball115,300
2010 All-Star GameBasketball108,713
Big Chill at The Big HouseIce Hockey104,173
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Who is the best player on Sporting KC? ›

Sporting Kansas City on FIFA 23

Sporting Kansas City is an USA Major League Soccer Team playable in FIFA 23 with Johnny Russell having the highest Overall followed by Dániel Sallói in second and Alan Pulido in third.

Who is number 10 on Austin FC? ›

S. Driussi

Who owns Sporting Kansas City? ›

The six principals of Sporting Club include the following leaders in the Kansas City business community: the Patterson Family; Cliff Illig, vice chairman and co-founder of Cerner Corporation; Robb Heineman, principal and co-founder of Rock Island Capital, LLC.; Greg Maday, chairman and chief executive officer of ...

What is the best high school football team in Kansas City? ›

Next Week's Big Game
MaxPreps Metro RankSchoolNext Game
1Bishop Miegevs. St. James Academy
2Lee's Summit Westvs. Staley
3Aquinasvs. Mill Valley
4Staleyvs. Lee's Summit West
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Is Sporting KC a pro team? ›

Sporting KC began play in 1996 as a charter team in the league, then known as the Kansas City Wiz. The team was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1995. Since moving across the state line, they have been the only major professional sports league franchise to play their home games in Kansas.

What does sporting mean in soccer? ›

Sporting means relating to sports or used for sports. ... major sporting events, such as the U.S. Open and the World Series.

Who is number 12 on Sporting KC? ›

Kortne Ford | Sporting Kansas City.

Who is number 13 on KC? ›

Ty Fryfogle

Who is number 5 on Sporting KC? ›

Matt Besler | Sporting Kansas City.

Which sport gives the most money? ›

Highest Paying Sports in the World

Basketball is the highest paid sport in the world, with the average annual salary in the NBA in 2023 being nearly $10.5 million.

Which sport has the nicest fans? ›

The teams with the most passionate fans
RankSportInstagram followers
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Which sport has the most injuries? ›

Believe it or not, basketball actually has more injuries than any other sport, followed by football, soccer and baseball. Common sports injuries include hamstring strains, groin pulls, shin splints, ACL tears and concussions.

What stadium seats the most fans? ›

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

Who has the most fans in history? ›

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What is the largest crowd in a stadium history? ›

Brazil v Uruguay, World Cup Final, 1950: 199,854

The Maracana arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted the largest-ever “official” crowd in 1950 when Uruguay won the World Cup in front of slightly under 200,000 spectators.

Who is Sporting KC's rival? ›

Sporting Kansas City and St. Louis City SC are about to christen a new chapter in a decades-old sports rivalry. It's the first matchup between the two Major League Soccer teams — St. Louis City began MLS competition this season as an expansion club.

Who is the most famous KC Chiefs player? ›

Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback

He is the best quarterback in the NFL and it's not debatable. He has the statistics, regular season success, and playoff success that almost every other quarterback playing today lacks.

What players did KC lose? ›

They lost Khalen Saunders to the New Orleans Saints, Juan Thornhill to the Cleveland Browns, Andrew Wylie to the Washington Commanders, and a few others.

What is Austin FC ranked in the world? ›

Sports business publication Sportico conducted a study that estimates the Verde are worth $630 million, with projected revenue of $78 million in 2023. That places Austin FC at No. 32, just ahead of famed European clubs RB Leipzig (Bundesliga) and Everton (Premier League).

How much is Austin FC worth? ›

Austin FC will open 2023 as one of the highest-valued MLS teams in the country, per Forbes' latest valuation figures. By the numbers: The team was valued around $680 million through the 2022 season.

How much do Austin FC players make? ›

2023 Austin FC Player Salaries (by Guaranteed $)
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Is Sporting KC profitable? ›

Sporting KC owns Children's Mercy Park and could potentially stand to profit if the facility is leased out for pre-World Cup friendlies, training sessions or fan events. The club is the 11th most valuable in MLS, according to the sports business website Sportico, raking in an estimated $45 million in revenue last year.

What is the net worth of Sporting KC? ›

According to Sportico, Sporting is valued at $575 million, good for 11th on the list. A 5% increase from the $550 million valuation in 2021, SKC dropped out of the top-10 due to an 11% increase from Inter Miami FC.

Why is Sporting KC called Sporting? ›

The Sporting name, a nod to the idea of a sporting club, came out of internal discussions involving co-owner Robb Heinemann. Initially, though, they found it easier to know what they didn't want, as opposed to what they did want. “We met with one marketing group around the time of the 2007 draft,” Thomson recalls.

Who is the number 1 high school football player in Kansas? ›

1Dylan EdwardsAPB
2Avery JohnsonDUAL
3Joe OttingOG
4John Randle Jr.RB
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Which high school is the best in football? ›

Final 2022 HSFA 100 Rankings
RankTeam & StateRecord
1St. John Bosco (California)(13-1)
2Miami Central (Florida)(14-0)
3St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)(14-0)
4Mater Dei (California)(12-1)
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What is the best sports high school in Kansas? ›

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

#1 Best High Schools for Athletes in Kansas.

What city has the most pro sports teams? ›

North American Sport Franchises

Of these cities New York has the most major league sports franchises with a total of 11 teams. 12 cities have only one major league sports franchise.

Has Sporting KC won a championship? ›

Welcome to the Soccer Capital of America: home of Sporting Kansas City! One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer, Sporting KC has won four U.S. Open Cup championships (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017) to go along with two MLS Cup trophies (2000, 2013) and a Supporters' Shield (2000) title.

Why doesn t kc have an NBA team? ›

Kansas City hasn't had an NBA franchise since the Kings relocated to Sacramento following the 1984-85 season. The last professional basketball team in the city was the Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association. They suspended operations following the 2004-05 season.

Why is the sport called football? ›

The exact etymology of the word “football” is slightly unclear, but many historians say the term dates back to the late Middle Ages, when it was used to refer to any sport that was played on foot, as opposed to sports played on horseback.

How much is the Sporting CP worth? ›

Leading soccer clubs in Portugal as of February 2022, by market value (in million U.S. dollars)
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Sporting CP276.87
FC Porto246.73
SC Braga114.18
FC Famalicão50.88
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Has sporting ever won a Europa League? ›

In the 1960s, Sporting achieved continental success, winning the 1963–64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, defeating MTK Budapest of Hungary in the final. It was the only time a Portuguese team side won a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title.

How many players are on Sporting KC? ›

All 30 players are eligible for selection to the game-day squad during the regular season and playoffs.

Who is number 28 on Sporting KC? ›

Cam Duke | Sporting Kansas City.

Who is number 24 on KC? ›

WATCH: WR Skyy Moore's 2022 NFL Scouting Combine Workout.

Who is the oldest Chiefs player? ›

The Kansas City Chiefs boasted one of the youngest rosters in the league during the course of the 2022 NFL season. They had an average age of 26 years old and the oldest player on their roster (backup QB Chad Henne) is 37 years old.

Is there a female player on the Kansas City Chiefs? ›

KANSAS CITY, MO- The KC Chiefs, in need for an explosive WR, signed Jackie Chamoun to a one year contact today, making her the first female NFL player ever.

Who is #11 on the Chiefs? ›

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: "Bunch of good guys from top to bottom" | Press Conference AFC Championship.

Who is number 30 on Sporting KC? ›

Kayden Pierre | Sporting Kansas City.

Who is number 96 on Sporting KC? ›

Jordi Quintilla number 96 Midfielder Sporting Kansas City Stock Photo - Alamy. Find the right content for your market.

How much does Alan Pulido make? ›

The statistic shows the player expenses (payroll) of the Sporting Kansas City club of Major League Soccer by player in 2022 Alan Pulido Izaguirre received a salary of 2.2 million U.S. dollars.

How many people fit in the Kansas City stadium? ›

It is part of the Truman Sports Complex with adjacent Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Arrowhead Stadium has a seating capacity of 76,416, making it the 27th-largest stadium in the United States and the sixth-largest NFL stadium.

How much is Sporting KC worth? ›

Sporting KC is ranked 10th in MLS with a total value of $550 million following revenue of $25 million in 2020 — down from $45 million due to the global pandemic. Sporting Kansas City is owned by Sporting Club, which is comprised of local business and community leaders.

How many fans does the sport football have? ›


The sport has roughly 3.5 billion fans worldwide and 250 million players across 200 countries around the world.

Which stadium has more fans? ›

Capacity of 100,000 or more
StadiumCapacityCity (state)
Narendra Modi Stadium132,000Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium114,000Pyongyang
Michigan Stadium107,601Ann Arbor, Michigan
Beaver Stadium106,572State College, Pennsylvania
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What is the largest seating capacity sports stadium? ›

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, Pyongyang

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, also known as the Rungrado May Day Stadium, is the largest stadium in the world. It can officially accommodate 150,000 spectators.

Who has the largest football stadium seating? ›

Located in Pyongyang, North Korea, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is the biggest football stadium in the world. The venue has a seating capacity of 150,000. Also known as the Rungrado May Day Stadium, the venue was opened to the public in 1989 and now hosts some of the North Korean football team's matches.

What is the largest stadium in the US by capacity? ›

Officially, the NFL stadium with the highest capacity is MetLife Stadium at 82,500, which is the home of both the New York Jets and New York Giants. The stadium opened in 2010, and the record attendance for a football game is 82,529 for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Who is the owner of Sporting KC? ›

The six principals of Sporting Club include the following leaders in the Kansas City business community: the Patterson Family; Cliff Illig, vice chairman and co-founder of Cerner Corporation; Robb Heineman, principal and co-founder of Rock Island Capital, LLC.; Greg Maday, chairman and chief executive officer of ...

What is America's biggest sport? ›

Football has the most participants of any sport at both high school and college levels, the vast majority of its participants being male. The NFL is the preeminent professional football league in the United States. The NFL has 32 franchises divided into two conferences.

Which city has the most football fans? ›

To have a great time as a football fan, it looks like you have to head to Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh sits at the top of the list, flaunting a total score of 61.61. Wisconsin's Green Bay follows in the second spot, and it is praised for having the highest engagement of fans for an NFL team.

What sport has the best fans? ›

NFL fans take the title of the most passionate supporters of the sports analyzed, scoring 6.7 in the supporter index. Football supporters have the highest attendance per game, with an average of 67,190 fans cheering from the stands, over double that of Baseball.

What is the hardest stadium to play football in? ›

Anfield is one of the most iconic fields for any football player and fans, a place of legends, titles, hardship and just pure emotion, this powerful combination makes it one of the toughest football grounds to play in. What makes Anfield so special? Its fans!

What is the #1 stadium in America? ›

1Michigan StadiumMichigan
2Beaver StadiumPennsylvania
3Ohio StadiumOhio
4Kyle FieldTexas
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