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Sporting Kansas City want to increase their streak on the road to four games when they travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City to see the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
The Wizards finished first in the Western Conference with a convincing 4-1 win over Los Angeles FC, while the Rapids finished fourth after beating Austin 1-0 last week.
Prediction for this match
All season long, Robin Fraser saw his team react well after a loss and that was the case again last Saturday.
Since losing 3-1 to Verde-und-Schwarzen in April, they have been unbeaten in their last seven home games, scoring 15 goals in that period and three clean sheets.
Maintaining balance was critical to their success in one unpredictable season, and they were able to do it effectively in their first 15 games that year.
The Rapids have never lost back-to-back games throughout the season and have only been excluded in two games this year, so it should come as no surprise that they are one of the contenders for the title this season.
Eleven different players have already found the net for the Rapids in 2021 and they have maintained their place despite missing out on a number of key players who were in the international for the Gold Cup.
Kansas City took their second chance at first place in the conference when they dominated LA, scoring three goals in the first half.
Although Los Angeles fired 21 shots, the KC defense held out, allowing only one shot on goal, while they scored four of their five shots on goal.
That win was the 200th for the manager Peter Vermes in all competitions with this team, and he knows they have to keep winning if they want to stay first as the Sounders are only behind them by goal difference while the Los Angeles Galaxy are just two points behind in third place.
After such a clinical feat earlier this week, you’d have to think KC might be the team to beat in the West, and it’s hard to argue given what they’ve done all year.
Kansas City is the top-scoring team in the MLS, with 33 goals just like the New England Revolution, multiple offensive weapons and rock-solid defenses.
They attack all over the field at tremendous speed, have the patience and patience to wait for an opening and when it comes down to it they know how to play their chances.
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The rapids could be missing Younes Namli again with an unknown injury while Dominique Badji hopes to make his first appearance for the Burgundy Boys since being traded back to Colorado late last month.
William Yarbrough earned his seventh goal conceded of the season last week, saving the two shots from Austin he fought while Kellyn Acosta, Jonathan Lewis and Sam Vines are all available again after the Gold Cup triumph with the US national team.
Peter Vermes made two changes to the starting XI on Wednesday compared to the team that started in the defeat by Dallas llie replaced Roger Espinoza in the central midfield and Alan Pulido returned to the starting XI after his Gold Cup appearance for Mexico and replaced Johnny Russell.
Luis Martins scored his first goal of the season while earlier this week Daniel Salloi has achieved double-digit goals this year with his 10th this season and is thus behind the league leaders Raul Ruidiaz the Seattle Sounders.
Gianluca Busio joins the Italian club Venezia for a record sum after an impressive performance in the Gold Cup for the United States when he joins the Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann, another American who joined the Serie A team last month.
Colorado Rapids possible starting line-up:
Yarbrough; Vines, Trusty, Bog, Roseberry; Acosta, Warner, Beitashour; Bassett; Lewis, barrios
Sporting Kansas City possible starting line-up:
Melia; Martins, Fontas, Lindsey, Zusi; Kinda, Espinoza, Walter; Salloi, Pulido, Russell
Probability: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Sporting Kansas City
The Rapids have quickly grown into a competitive team under the leadership of Robin Fraser, but they struggled to get results against the elite teams after losing to KC earlier this year while also having a chance against Seattle in a 1-1 draw – Missed a draw.
Kansas City are the top side in the west, and they were very well placed in the last third of the away team, scoring nine goals in their last three games.
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