Bingham preserves Earthquakes draw vs. Sporting KC
Sports Xchange - Sunday 18th June, 2017
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham made a game-saving stop in the final seconds of stoppage time to preserve a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi controlled the ball inside the box with only Bingham in front of him, but his left-footed shot deflected off the keeper's right knee and rolled harmlessly across the goal line for an SKC corner.
Sporting Kansas City (7-4-6, 27 points) stands three points clear of Portland, and four ahead of Houston and FC Dallas atop the Western Conference table pending later action Saturday.
San Jose (5-6-5, 20 points) moved into sole possession of fifth place in the West, also pending later action.
Sporting Kansas City has spent much of the season owning large chunks of possession without being able to convert it to goals. It led MLS with 242 shots coming into Saturday's match, but stood 12th in goals with 20 in 16 games.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia (three saves) recorded his ninth clean sheet of the season, best in MLS. Bingham (three saves) collected his sixth clean sheet of the season.
The road has been almost as difficult as the home turf has been friendly for Sporting KC, which owns an 18-match unbeaten streak at home. They are winless in their last five road matches and have failed to score in seven of nine road games this year.
San Jose looked content to pack in the defense, especially in the first hour of the match. The Earthquakes opened it up a bit after intermission, but still managed only five shots the entire match.
Sporting Kansas City controlled everything about the first half. It held 60 percent of the possession and had all 10 shots in the first half. Only two were on goal, but the ball was in the San Jose end for most of the half.
San Jose did not attempt its first shot of the game until the 53rd minute.
Sporting Kansas City had won three straight meetings against San Jose. The all-time regular season series is a tie. Both sides own 24 wins and eight draws dating back to the inaugural 1996 MLS season. Since September 2004, the home team in this matchup is 20-2-3 across all competitions.
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