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Five quick numbers that explain Sounders’ 1-0 win over Sporting KC

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The only stat that matters is goals, but here are a few others to ponder.

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In a match with the top of the Western Conference standings at stake, the Seattle Sounders managed a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, courtesy of a 36th minute Clint Dempsey goal.

As usual, the scoreline is the most important number in soccer—but here are a few other stats that help paint the picture of this match.

50

Number of goals Clint Dempsey has scored in 105 matches for the Seattle Sounders since arriving at the club in 2013. Fredy Montero still has the club record with 60 goals in all competitions. Dempsey is three goals short of Montero’s regular-season record for Sounders goals.

363

Minutes since the Sounders’ previous regular season goal against Sporting Kansas City, which reaches back all the way September 2015.

8

Sounders’ current unbeaten streak in the league after this win, which also ended Kansas City’s nine-match unbeaten streak. The Sounders’ last league loss was June 17 against NYCFC.

400

Minutes of the Sounders’ shutout streak. The Sounders keepers haven’t conceded a goal since the first half of the 4-3 win over DC United on July 20, a match Tyler Miller started.

45.9%

Percentage of possession that the Sounders had against Sporting KC, making this another curious result in which the Sounders won the game despite losing the possession battle. Despite a pretty even first half, the second 45 was when KC held the most possession as they constantly pushed for an equalizer.

Quote of the night, from Brian Schmetzer: