Tale of the Tape: D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City

Five key notes ahead of United's matchup against Sporting Kansas City

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In boxing, the tale of the tape is the pre-fight measurements between the two combatants. In 2013, we're telling the tale of the tape between D.C. United and its foe of the week.

Goal Scoring 101
De Rosario hit the major milestone of 100 career goals last season against New York, however, in United’s last match against FC Dallas, the forward tied Taylor Twellman for the sixth most goals all-time with 101 MLS goals. It was also the Black-and-Red captain’s first goal of the season.

Kansas City at RFK Stadium
In its history, Sporting Kansas City has come to the nation’s capital 22 times in 18 MLS seasons. The visitors have only left with a win six of those times, holding a 6-12-4 record against United at home.

Vulnerable Interval
Sporting Kansas City has allowed its opponents to score nine goals, four of which came within the 16th and 30th minute of the match, meaning Sporting allowed 45% of its goals-against this season in that time frame. United has scored 40% of its goals in that same interval.

“May” I Have Another?
The month of May has been quite kind to D.C. United, as it leads all MLS teams in all-time goals during the month (156), 21 ahead of New York (145).

Saying Goodbye
D.C. United defender and MLS veteran Robbie Russell has decided to hang up the cleats and shin guards in exchange for notepads and classrooms. The defender will spend his final match as a professional soccer player wearing black and red against Sporting Kansas City and has registered in a pre-medical school program at Georgetown University.