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Sporting Kansas City Stats
2020 Record: 6-5-2 W-L-T (20 points, 3rd in the Western Conference)
Goals For: 24
Goals Against: 20
Last Result: Lost to Orlando City 1-2 at home
We’re playing Kansas City again. For the third time this season and a fourth game is coming… yeah, 2020 is a weiiiiiiiiiiird season — even beyond all the COVID-19 stuff. We’re seeing a rotating cast of the same teams, as Real Salt Lake and SKC will both be facing the Rapids for an unprecedented four-game series in the already-shortened season.
Since our last matchup, which resulted in a 1-1 tie in Commerce City, Kansas City has been in a small backslide. One draw against FC Dallas, a 1-0 win against Minnesota United FC, and three disappointing losses against Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and Orlando City SC. Meanwhile, we’ve gone for three wins and two ties — plus a loss against Dallas on the road that we will not speak of again. Last time we met, they were at the top of the Western Conference and we were below the playoff line. Now, we’re only separated by a single point.
While SKC is still no doubt a strong team, the matchup Sunday should be a better one than before. We have seen the team deliver two 5-0 victories in the last four games, and got a solid 2-0 victory on the road against the LA Galaxy. Sporting has had a few problems, while the Burgundy Boys have had a lot of successes. A lot of the recent ignition has come down to our standout homegrown, Cole Bassett.
It would be foolish to assume that we’re going to get a third five-nil victory this season, especially Kansas City. This should be a much more even matchup — think more LA Galaxy than San Jose Earthquakes.
But I still am pretty confident that we can get a win out of this one. Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis will probably continue to tear it up, but I would expect this to be a bit more of a test for our defense, especially since DP forward Alan Pulido came back last week, after being out for nearly a month due to a hamstring strain. Auston Trusty has been looking good and Lalas Abubakar has been a routine starter and we’ve gotten three shutouts in our last four games.
Keep it up, and the Rapids could be looking at getting to the very top of the Western Conference — a place we haven’t been in since 2016!
The Rapids play Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, September 27 at 7 p.m. MT.