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Snake-bitten SKC happily takes point in Seattle

175px-SportingkansascityHere's what SKC coach Peter Vermes had to say after his team's scoreless draw in Seattle: On coming away with a tie and a point:“As much as we’ve been snake-bitten at this place over the years, no doubt [this felt good]. At the same time, to come in here and to make as many changes as we’ve had, the number of injuries that we’ve had … at that point, we had 16 players on the roster for tonight. We ended the game with three first-round draft picks from this year, two foreign players that we brought in and another two players that we brought in from there as well. So a lot of changes for our group and it was a tremendous point for us tonight that’s for sure.”

On how soon before the game he knew he had to scratch Dom Dwyer:“Almost at the end of warmups. We kind of knew that it was a situation that we might have to [do that]. I’m glad that it was a decision he made. If anything, it’s more precautionary than anything else. He was feeling something and it was better that he pulled himself out. We needed him and it would’ve been great if he’d have been on the field, but at the end of the day, I’m big on that you make those decisions. Sometimes you might have to sacrifice one game for 10. You have to be intelligent about it. It was a mature decision on his part.”

On playing the draft picks in Wednesday’s game as well:“Yes, they’re playing well and, more importantly, they’re showing some real maturity. So it’s a great thing to see, especially when they’re as young as they are.” On goalkeeper Tim Melia’s game tonight:“He’s really coming along. There’s no doubt he’s been a big influence in some of the success we’ve had here recently. He’s very quick off his line, he’s extremely athletic, he reads the game, he’s courageous. At the same time, he understands the position real well and he’s tied into the back line real well as the game goes on. He’s just playing at a high level at the moment. It’s great to see because sometimes you need that goalkeeper to make a big save when you need it.” On getting four out of six points this week:“Tremendous. Like I said, with all of the injuries we have and all the players changing – we have another player away with the U-20s here recently – so we walk away doing pretty well this week.” On if Dom Dwyer is day-to-day:“Yeah, but I see him back for our next game unless something crazy happens. But I think right now, he’s definitely day-to-day.”

Below are some game notes from SKC:

FAST FACTSSporting Kansas City earned a draw with the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at CenturyLink Field in the club's second match in four days.With the result, Sporting KC (4-2-6, 18 pts.) moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference.Sporting Kansas City made two changes to the starting lineup that defeated the New England Revolution 4-2 at Sporting Park on Wednesday. Servando Carrasco started in place of Paulo Nagamura, and Jimmy Medranda started in place of Dom Dwyer.Medranda's start on Saturday was the fifth of his career and his first since Sporting KC's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union on April 5.Forward Dom Dwyer was removed from the gameday lineup prior to kickoff on Saturday as a precaution (neck injury). Dwyer had previously played in the club's first 11 matches of 2015.Benny Feilhaber is now the only Sporting KC player to appear in all 12 matches this season.Sporting KC is winless in nine straight MLS matches against Seattle (0-7-2), the longest such streak versus any team in club history.Neither team has won by more than one goal in ten regular season matches in the all-time series. The clubs have combined for more than three goals in a game just once.Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders entered the match leading the League in goals scored with 17 apiece.The scoreless draw snapped Clint Dempsey's streak of scoring or assisting in 10 straight League matches dating back to last season.Connor Hallisey entered tonight's match for the injured Jacob Peterson in the 56th minute.Peterson exited the match due to a right hamstring injury.Saad Abdul-Salaam entered the match for Jimmy Medranda in the 58th minute.Benny Feilhaber led all players in recoveries with 15 on Saturday.Matt Besler led all players with five interceptions on Saturday.Besler also led all players with seven aerial duels won on Saturday.Kevin Ellis led all players with 12 clearances on Saturday.