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Sporting KC takes 10-Count again in MLS playoffs

Same song, fourth verse. Since Sporting KC won the 2013 MLS Cup, they have lost four consecutive MLS knockout-round losses in the MLS playoffs.

This year, it was Houston taking SKC out in extra-time 1-0 the third time in the past seven years the Dynamo dispatched Sporting in the playoffs.  This may bode well for Houston as each of previous two years, the team which has eliminated Sporting KC has gone on to win the championship.

Steady Opara anchors Sporting KC central defense

On a team with several nationally-recognized stars, Ike Opara of Sporting Kansas City’s often goes relatively unnoticed, although he is quietly having the best year of his career.

Opara, a 6-2, 180-pound central defender, has made the most starts and played the most minutes of any of his eight MLS seasons while contributing to a backline which has limited opponents to 19 goals in 25 matches, easily the best mark in the league.