With a record that has been standing since May 27th, 2016, Sporting Kansas City will look to expand on a 14-match unbeaten streak at home against the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday. In their previous meeting at Children’s Mercy Park, SKC trounced Seattle 3-0 and promptly ended manager Sigi Schmidt’s tenure with the club. Sporting will be looking for similar results this time around.
Sitting ninth in the Western Conference, the Sounders have had their fair share of struggles to start the season. They are coming off a discouraging 4-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday. With a defense plagued by injury, Seattle has given up an average of 1.6 goals per game this season.
Despite the defensive shortcomings of the club, the offense is loaded with talent. U.S. national team players Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris have scored a combined six goals, and Nicolas Lodeiro has tallied three for himself. If Sporting Kansas City allows them to set up in dangerous positions, these players certainly have the capability to make them pay for it.
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“There’s no place like home.” SKC certainly echoes that sentiment after losing on the road to Minnesota United 2-0, as well as getting a draw in Saturday’s match against Orlando City. Although the defense may have been burned in the last two matches, the club still holds the title as the league’s best defense, only allowing 7 goals in 11 matches. Goalkeeper Tim Melia has recorded a league-high six clean sheets, two more than anyone else in MLS.
Amidst the disappointment on the road, one bright spot emerged. With the absence of Dom Dwyer due to suspension, forward Latif Blessing was able to provide some depth at the striking position, scoring two goals in his first MLS start against Orlando. Dwyer should be fresh after sitting out, giving the home crowd and team some added confidence ahead of Wednesday night’s match.