Sporting KC will look to extend its 18-game unbeaten streak at home against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, as well as regain their tenacity following a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers last Saturday. This matchup will pit two sides against each other who have been in good form as of late. SKC has not lost a match in five straight, while the Union has won two in a row and six of their last nine.
After a dismal start to the season, the Union is now 6-7-4. Their 22 points have them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just six out of the final playoff spot. A dominating 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution has given Philadelphia some confidence heading into Children’s Mercy Park. Former SKC forward C.J. Sapong has already tied his regular season career high with nine goals in 2017.
Both injuries and international duties will keep the Union from fielding their full lineup. Defender Jack Elliot and Fabian Herbers are listed questionable. Goalkeeper Andre Blake and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya will both be representing their respective countries in the Gold Cup.
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SKC managed to keep their unbeaten streak alive with a second-half equalizer from Daniel Salloi that earned them a draw on Saturday. The leaders of the Western Conference have been anchored by a stout Goalkeeper in Tim Melia and defender Ike Opara. Melia leads MLS in shutouts (nine), save percentage (79.7) and goals against average (0.68). Opara has scored a team-best four goals during the month of June, including a pair in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Sporting Kansas City once again will be without the trio of Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, and Dom Dwyer; all of which are on the U.S. national team roster. Dwyer’s absence will allow youngsters like Salloi and Latif Blessing to get some experience in the attacking role.