In week 6 of MLS, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Children’s Mercy Park to take on Sporting Kansas City in a Western Conference matchup on Sunday. Both teams are looking to grab three points and get their season trending in the right direction. Let’s take a look at what to expect from these conference foes.
The Rapids have just traded their captain Sam Cronin and left back Marc Burch to Minnesota, leaving the 22-year-old Bismark Adjei-Boateng to make his first ever MLS start at Children’s Mercy Park. While that is no small task, the silver lining is that Colorado has had three full weeks to prepare for this match.
Forward Dominique Badji has six goals in his last 11 league appearances. Before that, he had four goals in his first 34 regular season league games.
Sporting Kansas City
SKC hasn’t lost a game yet this season. However, the offense is in dire straits with a lack of production. They are tied dead last in scoring with 40 total shots, 15 of which were shots on goal, and only two have found the back of the net. Dom Dwyer and Gerso Fernandes have combined for 26 shots (10 on goal) this season, neither have scored yet. It will not be any easier against goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Fortunately, the defense has been outstanding, only allowing one goal so far this season. It’s obvious that the offense has to find their stride because the club won’t be able to find points on defense alone. They must convert better than 3.4 percent of their chances if they want any success against their upcoming opponents in FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers, both of which are ahead of SKC in the western standings.
Sporting holds a one-win lead against the Rapids in the all-time series, so this match should be pretty close knit all the way through.