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Much is at stake on Saturday if the Colorado Rapids travel to Children’s Mercy Park to face yourself Sporting Kansas City.
The Wizards can move into first place with a win in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders, and the Burgundy Boys have a chance to overtake KC and advance to second place with a win.
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This month, KC fell to second place in the Western Conference standings after an undisciplined 0-0 draw with Minnesota United last weekend.
This club may still be suffering from the psychological ramifications of a one-sided 6-1 loss to Leon in the League Cup earlier this month as they were far less potent in front of goal and only scored one goal in their last two games.
It’s been a very demanding summer for Peter Vermes and his team as a seven-day break between their last game and this one is the longest between-game break since their 17-day break between their Independence Day triumph and their 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
This team is a perfect example of how patience in the development phase can pay off in the long run. 18 of their 36 goals that year and 12 of their 34 assists came from their Academy products.
Finding the net on their home pitch seems quite easy after scoring in a club record of 25 straight season games at Children’s Mercy Park.
They have been behind but seldom dropped many times during that campaign, losing 18 points and five wins from positions in 2021, most of them in the MLS.
Colorado has emerged as the Dark Horse team in the Western Conference, but given their recent form, they could soon be a rival team.
After beating league rivals Real Salt Lake 2-1, that team has won three straight wins and is in a prime position to move to the top of the table, five points off the Seattle Sounders but two games in hand the teams above them (Seattle and KC).
Robin Fraser has seen his team rise by seven goals in their current winning streak, all from a different player.
There are no outstanding superstars on this team to statistically light it up, but taken together they are one of the most formidable teams in the league.
This team has come a long way since finishing ninth in 2019 and has an excellent opportunity to do something special this season.
Although they have only just risen as an elite team in the past few years, they certainly didn’t show any fear against the top teams in their conference by shooting KC to zero in their last meetup this month while pulling the Sounders and defeating the Los Angeles galaxy.
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KC striker Alan Pulido has scored eight goals and three assists in just 12 starts this season while his usual partner in attack Daniel Salloi leads the league on combined goals, scoring eight goals and amassing another six assists.
Remi Walter will be suspended after his red card against the Loons last weekend and he will be on the sideline from Jaylin Lindsey and Nicolas Isimat-Mirinwho both have hamstring problems while Felipe Hernandez stays away for personal reasons.
Roger Espinoza and Luis Martins are the only KC players to appear in every game this season while goalkeeper Tim Melia has received three shutouts in his last four games and is third in the MLS when it comes to goals – compared to the average of 0.88.
Lucas Esteves still waiting for his first appearance for the Rapids since he was loaned by Palmeiras while new signing Mark-Anthony Kaye scored the game winner last Saturday in the Rocky Mountain Cup title, his first for his new club.
Younes Namli is currently Fraser’s only injury concern as he still suffers from an unknown problem.
Braian Galvan scored his first assist of the season last week, Diego Rubio scored his fourth goal of the year and Jack price got his seventh assist and 27th for the Rapids, a tie Omar Cummings fourth most of all time in team history.
Sporting Kansas City possible starting line-up:
Melia; Martins, Fontas, llie, Zusi; Espinoza, Shelton, Kinda; Pulido, Salloi, Russell
Colorado Rapids possible starting line-up:
Yarbrough; Abubakar, Wilson, Trusty; Galvan, Price, Acosta, Bassett; Barrios, Rubio, Kaye
Probability: Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Colorado Rapids
Kansas City has shown some minor inconsistencies lately, and while this is nothing to worry about, they’ve been unusually weak at home lately with only one win in their last five games in all competitions.
The Rapids have shown a lot of resilience since an embarrassing 3-0 loss to rival Real Salt Lake and are unbeaten in their last three away games.
Best betting tip for this match
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