Although Sporting Kansas City still sits at the top of the Western Conference, they have continued to have struggles on the road. Coming off a 2-0 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps last Saturday, they now must face another road test against the Colorado Rapids. SKC was able to beat Colorado 3-1 at home on April 9th, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Rapids in the series. However, the past isn’t always indicative of future matches. With that being said, let’s take a look at what to expect from each club going into Saturday’s match.
After going to the Western Conference finals, the Colorado Rapids have had quite a fall from grace. They are sitting in dead last in the west, and have lost seven of their last eight games with the fewest points in MLS.
The biggest problem for the Rapids this season has been their lack of offensive production. They’ve only tallied nine goals this season, which ties for the fewest in the league. Despite all the bad news for the club, there is a silver lining. The Rapids are coming off a 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in their last match, stopping a seven-match losing streak. Another positive is that star defender Axel Sjoberg has returned after missing eight games with a hamstring injury.
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It’s no secret that SKC’s biggest weapon is their defensive prowess. Their .692 goals per match average are the best in MLS. Goalkeeper Tim Melia, who has seven clean sheets, is fifth in saves with 41. The offense has finally started to come alive as well. Sporting is the best in the west when it comes to goal differential (plus- 7).
Unfortunately, they may be without forward Dom Dwyer, as he is listed questionable with a left knee injury. Defender Ike Opara will get the nod after getting the game off against Vancouver last week. Sporting has allowed just five goals and only lost once in the eleven appearances that Opara started in.